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Irish satirist and man of letters
(1667 - 1745)
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Nor do they trust their tongues alone,
  But speak a language of their own;
    Can read a nod, a shrug, a look,
      Far better than a printed book;
        Convey a libel in a frown,
          And wink a reputation down;
            Or, by the tossing of the fan,
              describe the lady and the man.
      - [Slander]

Not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rate in a hole.
      - in a letter to Bolingbroke [Anger]

Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery.
      - [Flattery]

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
      - [Riches]

Old sciences are unraveled like old stockings, by beginning at the foot.
      - [Science]

Once I guessed right,
  And I got credit by't;
    Thrice I guessed wrong,
      And I kept my credit on.
      - saying quoted by [Wrong]

Once kick the world, and the world and you live together at a reasonable good understanding.
      - [World]

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
      - quoted in a letter [Enemies]

One of the best rules in conversation is, never say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish we had rather left unsaid. Let the sage reflections of these philosophic minds be cherished.
      - [Conversation]

One principal object of good-breeding is to suit our behaviour to the three several degrees of men, our superiors, our equals, and those below us.
      - [Good Breeding]

One principal part of good breeding is to suit our behavior to the three several degrees of men: our superiors, our equals, and those below us.
      - [Manners]

Orators inflame the people, whose anger is really but a short fit of madness.
      - [People]

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for the time, leave us the weaker ever after.
      - often attributed to Alexander Pope

Patience alleviates, as impatience augments, pain; thus persons of strong will suffer less than those who give way to irritation.
      - [Pain]

Perpetual aiming at wit is a very bad part of conversation. It is done to support a character: it generally fails; it is a sort of insult on the company, and a restraint upon the speaker.
      - [Wit]

Perverseness is your whole defence.
      - [Perverseness]

Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and orators, because whoever would obtrude his thoughts and reasons upon a multitude will convince others the more, as he appears convinced himself.
      - [Positiveness]

Pride, ill nature, and want of sense are the three great sources of ill manners; without some one of these defects, no man will behave himself ill for want of experience, or what, in the language of fools, is called knowing the world.
      - [Manners]

Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.
      - [Style]

Punning is an art of harmonious jingling upon words, which, passing in at the ears, excites a titillary motion in those parts; and this, being conveyed by the animal spirits into the muscles of the face, raises the cockles of the heart.
      - [Pun]

Quotations are best brought in to confirm some opinion controverted.
      - [Apothegms]

Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.
      - [Reason]

Rhetoric in serious discourses is like the flowers in corn; pleasing to those who come only for amusement, but prejudicial to him who would reap profit from it.
      - [Rhetoric]

Set off with numerous breaks and dashes.
      - [Style]

She watches him as a cat would watch a mouse.
      - [Proverbs]

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