Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver's Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729).

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May you live every day of your life.

May you live all the days of your life.

Books - the children of the brain.

My nose itched and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool.

Vanity is a mark of humility, rather than of pride.

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.

A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking to deceive and injure your neighbour.

Every dog must have his day.

Invention is the talent of youth as judgment is of age.

I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.

Poor nations are hungry and rich nations are proud, and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.

The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.

We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.

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

Observation is an old man's memory.

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Don't set your wit against a child.

It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.

It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.

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