Jonathan Swift

1667 - 1745

A Quote by Jonathan Swift on laws, mortality, observation, society, and understanding

It is likewise to be observed that this society hath a peculiar chant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can understand, and wherein all their laws are written, which they take special care to multiply.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on belief, lies, and work

It often happens that, if a lie be believed only for an hour, it has done its work, and there is no further occasion for it.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on life

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May you live all the days of your life.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on debate, design, dogs, genius, horses, instinct, lies, nature, obstinacy, and talent

Brutes find out where their talents lie; A bear will not attempt to fly, A foundered horse will oft debate Before he tries a five barred gate. A dog by instinct turns aside Who sees the ditch too deep and wide, But man we find the only creature Who, led by folly, combats nature; Who, when she loudly cries-Forbear! With obstinacy fixes there; And where the genius least inclines, Absurdly bends his whole designs.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on happiness and time

The reasons why so few marriages are happy, is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on animals, beauty, praise, and women

If they would, for Example, praise the Beauty of a Woman, or any other Animal, they describe it by Rhombs, Circles, Parallelograms, Ellipses, and other geometrical terms ...

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: "A Voyage to Laputa" in Gulliver's Travels.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on genius and world

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift

So geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: On Poetry, a Rhapsody

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on body and goodness

She has more goodness in her little finger than he has in his whole body.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on country, mankind, politicians, and service

And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Part ii. Chap. vii. Voyage to Brobdingnag.

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