Quotations From JONATHAN SWIFT


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  • We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. repr. in Jonathan Swift: A Critical Edition of the Major Works, eds. Angus Ross and David Woolley (1984). "Various Thoughts Moral and Diverting," Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1711).

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  • Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. repr. in Jonathan Swift: A Critical Edition of the Major Works, eds. Angus Ross and David Woolley (1984). "Various Thoughts Moral and Diverting," Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1711).
  • The most positive men are the most credulous.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711).
  • Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711).
  • May you live all the days of your life.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. repr. In The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, vol. 4, ed. Herbert Davis (1957). The Colonel, in Polite Conversation, dialogue 2 (1738).

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  • Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Letter of Advice to a Young Poet (Dec. 1, 1720).

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  • A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Polite Conversation, introduction (1738).
  • Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The Tale of a Tub, preface (1704).
  • I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little, odious vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The king of Brobdingnag to Gulliver, in "A Voyage to Brobdingnag," ch. 6, Gulliver's Travels (1726).

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  • It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. repr. in Jonathan Swift: A Critical Edition of the Major Works, eds. Angus Ross and David Woolley (1984). The Conduct of the Allies (1711).

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