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    Proper words in proper places make the true definition of style.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: true  definition 
     
    He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: men 
     
    It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: men 
     
    When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: world  genius 
     
    May you live every day of your life.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: live 
     
    A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: men  wrong  saying 
     
    The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: belief 
     
    A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: people  heart  wise  money 
     
    Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
    — Jonathan Swift
    War: that mad game the world so loves to play.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: world  games 
     
    Many a truth is told in jest.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: truth 
     
    Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: hunger  poor  pride 
     
    Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy, when great ones are not in the way: for want of a block he will stumble at a straw.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: men 
     
    The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver's watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: god 
     
    Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: broken 
     
    Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: power  blessing 
     
    Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: desires  men  live  wishes 
     
    Your onions should be thoroughly boiled.
    — Jonathan Swift
    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
    Cruel people are ever cowards in emergency.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: people 
     
    There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: men  wild 
     
    Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: law 
     
    You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: wrong 
     
    We of this age have discovered a shorter, and more prudent method to become scholars and wits, without the fatigue of reading or of thinking.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: age  thinking  reading 
     
    When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: true  genius 
     
    We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: hate 
     
    Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: truth 
     
    Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: seeing  vision 
     
    When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seems to me to be alive and talking to me.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: wise  reading  book 
     
    Just get the right syllable in the proper place.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: right 
     
    A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: madness 
     
    Then, rising with Aurora's light, The Muse invoked, sit down to write; Blot out, correct, insert, refine, Enlarge, diminish, interline.
    — Jonathan Swift
    The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: world  doctor 
     
    There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: world 
     
    No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: men  experience  age 
     
    If it were a rainy day, a drunken vigil, a fit of the spleen, a course of physic, sleepy Sunday, an ill run at dice, a long tailor's bill, a beggar's purse, a factious head, a hot sun, costive diet, want of books, and a just contempt for learning - but for these. . .the number of authors and of writing would dwindle away to a degree most woeful to behold.
    — Jonathan Swift
    Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: lost 
     
    A lie is an excuse guarded
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: lies 
     
    If a lump of soot falls into the soup and you cannot conveniently get it out, stir it well in and it will give the soup a French taste.
    — Jonathan Swift
    It is pleasant to observe how free the present age is in laying taxes on the next. "Future ages shall talk of this; they shall be famous to all posterity;" whereas their time and thoughts will be taken up about present things, as ours are now.
    — Jonathan Swift
    tags: time  present  thoughts  age  tax 
     
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    jonathan swift
    Birth    : November 30, 1667
    Death  : October 19, 1745
    Occupation  : Pamphleteer