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
Contributed by: Zaady
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 ...
Source: "A Voyage to Laputa" in Gulliver's Travels.
Lord, I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing!
Source: Polite Conversation
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.
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.
May you live all the days of your life.
'T is an old maxim in the schools, That flattery 's the food of fools; Yet now and then your men of wit Will condescend to take a bit.
Source: Cadenus and Vanessa.
When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederation against him.
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
So geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns.
Source: On Poetry, a Rhapsody
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