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JONATHAN SWIFT
Irish satirist and man of letters
(1667 - 1745)
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Brutes find out where their talents lie: a bear will not attempt to fly.
      - [Instinct]

By the laws of God, of nature, of nations, and of your country you are and ought to be as free a people as your brethren in England.
      - [Freedom]

Common fluency of speech in many men and most women is owing to a scarcity of matter.
      - [Loquacity]

Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives.
      - [Complaining]

Conscience signifies that knowledge which a man hath of his own thoughts and actions; and because, if a man judgeth fairly of his actions by comparing them with the law of God, his mind will approve or condemn him; this knowledge or conscience may be both an accuser and a judge.
      - [Conscience]

Cruel people are ever cowards in emergency.
      - [Cowards]

Every age might perhaps produce one or two geniuses, if they were not sunk under the censure and obloquy of plodding, servile, imitating pedants.
      - [Genius]

Every creature lives in a state of war by nature.
      - [War]

Every dog must have his day.
      - [Dogs]

Exploding many things under the name of trifles is a very false proof either of wisdom or magnanimity, and a great check to virtuous actions with regard to fame.
      - [Trifles]

Few are qualified to shine in company; but it is in most men's power to be agreeable.
      - [Manners]

Fine words! I wonder where you stole 'em.
  [Lat., Libertas et natale solum.]
      - said about Chief Justice Whitshed's motto for his coach
        [Plagiarism]

Fingers were made before forks and hands before knives.
      - [Proverbs]

Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem.
      - [Flattery]

Fond of those hives where folly reigns,
  And cards and scandal are the chains,
    Where the pert virgin slights a name,
      And scorns to redden into shame.
      - [Slander]

Fools are apt to imitate only the defects of their betters.
      - [Fools]

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is slavery.
      - [Government]

God forbid that such a scoundrel as want should dare approach me!
      - [Want]

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse.
      - [Manners]

Great abilities, when employed as God directs, do but make the owners of them greater and more painful servants to their neighbors.
      - [Greatness]

Had Windham possessed discretion in debate, or Sheridan in conduct, they might have ruled their age.
      - [Discretion]

Have you not observed that there is a lower kind of discretion and regularity, which seldom fails of raising men to the highest station in the court, the church, and the law?
      - [Talent]

He that calls a man ungrateful sums up all the veil that a man can be guilty of.
      - [Ingratitude]

Hereditary right should be kept sacred, not from any inalienable right in a particular family, but to avoid the consequences that usually attend the ambition of competitors.
      - [Government]

His talk was now of tythes and flues;
  He smok'd his pipe, and read the news;
    Knew how to preach old sermons next,
      Vamp'd in the preface and the text;
        At christenings well could act his part,
          And had the service all by heart;
            Wish'd women might have children fast,
              And thought whose sow had farrow'd last;
                Against dissenters would repine,
                  And stood up firm for right divine;
                    Found his head fill'd with many a system,
                      But classic authors--he ne'er miss'd 'em.
      - [Clergymen]


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