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Jonathan Swift Quotes

Jonathan Swift
Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
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#Age And Aging #Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
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#Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one.
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#Belief

Jonathan Swift
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
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#Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
So geographers, in Africa maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er uninhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns
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#Africa

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Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
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#Irish Writer #Hunger

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Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are an imitation of fighting
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#Animals

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Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
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#Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
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#Irish Writer #Fools And Foolishness

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A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.
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#Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand
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#Cards

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He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.
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#Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.
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#Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
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#Irish Writer #Art

Jonathan Swift
There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.
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#Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.
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#Irish Writer

Jonathan Swift
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
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#Irish Writer #Genius

Jonathan Swift
Old men and comets have been reverenced for the same reason: their long beards, and pretenses to foretell events
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#Events

Jonathan Swift
No preacher is listened to but time, which gives us the same train and turn of thought that elder people have in vain tried to put into our heads before
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#People

Jonathan Swift
Tis an old maxim in the schools, That flattery's the food of fools; Yet now and then your men of wit, Will condescend to take a bit
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#Food

Jonathan Swift
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
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#Irish Writer #Company

Jonathan Swift
Whoever wishes to win in this game must have patience and money, since the values are so little constant and the rumors so little founded on truth Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
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#Money #Winners And Winning

Jonathan Swift
Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
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#Irish Writer