Jonathan Swift

(30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745 / Dublin)

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  • ''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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  • ''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).
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  • ''The most positive men are the most credulous.''
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711).
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  • ''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).
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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).
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  • ''Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.''
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. "A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms," pt. 4, ch. 5, Gulliver's Travels (1726).
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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).
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  • ''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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A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late Famous General

"His Grace! impossible! what, dead!
Of old age too, and in his bed!
And could that mighty warrior fall,
And so inglorious, after all?
Well, since he's gone, no matter how,
The last loud trump must wake him now;
And, trust me, as the noise grows stronger,
He'd wish to sleep a little longer.
And could he be indeed so old
As by the newspapers we're told?
Threescore, I think, is pretty high;
'Twas time in conscience he should die!
This world he cumber'd long enough;
He burnt his candle to the snuff;
And that's the reason, some folks think,
He left ...

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A Pastoral Dialogue

DERMOT, SHEELAH

A Nymph and swain, Sheelah and Dermot hight;
Who wont to weed the court of Gosford knight;
While each with stubbed knife removed the roots,
That raised between the stones their daily shoots;
As at their work they sate in counterview,
With mutual beauty smit, their passion grew.
Sing, heavenly Muse, in sweetly flowing strain,

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