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Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745)


Irish writer and satirist.
Jonathan Swift
Bread is the staff of life.
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Fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.
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Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.




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There was all the world and his wife.
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There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake, though all the World sees them to be in downright nonsense.
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And surely one of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid…
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I shall be like that tree; I shall die from the top.
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Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions, and consequently of no use to a good king or a good ministry; for which reason Courts are so overrun with politics.
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I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
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He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers.
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…one enemy can do more hurt, than ten friends can do good.




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Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light.
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It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
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There is nothing in this world constant, but inconstancy.
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As boys do sparrows, with flinging salt upon their tails.
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I told him...that we ate when we were not hungry, and drank without the provocation of thirst.
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Libertas et natale solum:
Fine words! I wonder where you stole 'em.
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She's no chicken; she's on the wrong side of thirty, if she be a day.
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I have one word to say upon the subject of profound writers, who are grown very numerous of late; and I know very well the judicious world is resolved to list me in that number. I conceive therefore, as to the business of being profound, that it is with writers as with wells - a person with good eyes may see to the bottom of the deepest, provided any water be there: and often when there is nothing in the world at the bottom besides dryness and dirt, though it be but a yard and a-half under-ground, it shall pass, however, for wondrous deep upon no wiser reason than because it is wondrous dark
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The Bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking.


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