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JONATHAN SWIFT
Irish satirist and man of letters
(1667 - 1745)
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A chuck under the chin is worth two kisses.
      - [Certainty]

A fig for your bill of fare; show me your bill of company.
      - [Diet]

A lie is an excuse guarded.
      - [Lies]

A little grain of the romance is no ill ingredient to preserve and exalt the dignity of human nature, without which it is apt to degenerate into everything that is sordid, vicious and low.
      - [Novels]

A maxim in law has more weight in the world than an article of faith.
      - [Faith]

A penny for your thought.
      - [Curiosity]

A pleasant companion is as good as a coach.
      - [Companions]

A poor spirit is poorer than a poor purse. A very few pounds a year would ease a man of the scandal of avarice.
      - [Avarice]

A secret is seldom safe in more than one breast.
      - [Secrecy]

A true critic, in the perusal of a book, is like a dog at a feast, whose thoughts and stomach are wholly set upon what the guests fling away, and consequently is apt to snarl most when there are the fewest bones.
      - [Critics]

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
      - [Money]

A wise man will find us to be rogues by our faces.
      - [Physiognomy]

Abstracts, abridgments, summaries, etc., have the same use with burning-glasses,--to collect the diffused light rays of wit and learning in authors, and make them point with warmth and quickness upon the reader's imagination.
      - [Apothegms]

All fits of pleasure are balanced by an equal degree of pain or languor; it is like spending this year part of the next year's revenues.
      - [Pain : Pleasure]

Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
      - [Strength]

Although the Devil be the father of lies, he seems, like other great inventors, to have lost much of his reputation by the continual improvements that have been made upon him.
      - [Falsehood]

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
      - [Ambition]

An atheist has got one point beyond the devil.
      - [Infidelity]

An English tongue, if refined to a certain standard, might perhaps be fixed forever.
      - [Language]

An idle reason lessens the weight of the good ones you gave before.
      - [Reason]

Arbitrary power is but the first natural step from anarchy, or the savage life.
      - [Despotism]

Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
      - [Argument]

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
      - [Blushes : Modesty]

Brisk talkers are generally slow thinkers.
      - [Talking]

Brisk talkers are usually slow thinkers. There is, indeed, no wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate. If you are civil to the voluble they will abuse your patience; if brusque, your character.
      - [Talking]


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