Jonathan Swift

1667 - 1745

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.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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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 inventions, kiss, and wonder

Lord, I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing!

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation

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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 flattery, food, maxims, men, schools, and wit

'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.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Cadenus and Vanessa.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on genius and world

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

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects

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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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