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JONATHAN SWIFT
Irish satirist and man of letters
(1667 - 1745)
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It is with wits as with razors, which are never so apt to cut those they are employed on as when they have lost their edge.
      - Tale of a Tub: Author's Preface [Wit]

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.
      - The Battle of the Books [Satire]

She sits tormenting every guest,
  Nor gives her tongue one moment's rest,
    In phrases batter'd, stale, and trite,
      Which modern ladies call polite.
      - The Journal of a Modern Lady [Talk]

An old miser kept a tame jackdaw, that used to steal pieces of money, and hide them in a hole, which a cat observing, asked, "Why he would hoard up those round shining things that he could make no use of?" "Why," said the jackdaw, "my master has a whole chestfull, and makes no more use of them that I do."
      - Thoughts on Various Subjects [Jackdaws]

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
      - Thoughts on Various Subjects
        [Fame : Greatness]

I must complain the cards are ill-shuffled till I have a good hand.
      - Thoughts on Various Subjects [Cards]

"That was excellently observed," say I when I read a passage in another where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, then I pronounce him to be mistaken.
      - Thoughts on Various Subjects [Opinion]

The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
      - Thoughts on Various Subjects [Matrimony]

We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
      - Thoughts on Various Subjects,
        collected by Pope and Swift, found in the "Spectator", no. 459
        [Religion]

Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old.
      - Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting
        [Age]

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
      - Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting
        [Genius]

In all I wish, how happy should I be,
  Thou grand Deluder, were it not for thee?
    So weak thou art that fools thy power despise;
      And yet so strong, thou triumph'st o'er the wise.
      - To Love [Love]

Unjustly poets we asperse:
  Truth shines the brighter clad in verse,
    And all the fictions they pursue
      Do but insinuate what is true.
      - To Stella [Poets]

The rolling fictions grow in strength and size,
  Each author adding to the former lies.
      - Tr. of Ovid--Examiner (no. 15) [Rumor]

Possession, they say, is eleven points of the law.
      - Works (vol. XVII, p. 270) [Possession]


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