Jonathan Swift

1667 - 1745

A Quote by Jonathan Swift on company, flattery, manners, and rest

Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on kindness, observation, and poets

So, naturalists observe, a flea Hath smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller fleas to bite 'em, And so proceed ad infinitum. Thus every poet, in his kind, Is bit by him that comes behind.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: On Poetry, a Rhapsody

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on argument, books, conversation, and reading

Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on accidents, atoms, belief, philosophy, and universe

That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift

If it had been a bear it would have bit you.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on blindness

There's none so blind as they that won't see.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift

Do you think I was born in a wood to be afraid of an owl?

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift

I won't quarrel with my bread and butter.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on gold and men

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It is is men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on clothes

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She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitchfork.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

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