165 Total Quotes

Irish Writer Quotes

Jonathan Swift
Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
Jonathan Swift
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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.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
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.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.
Jonathan Swift
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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.
Jonathan Swift
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He may not enter anywhere at the first, unless there be some one of the household who bid him to come, though afterwards he can come as he please.
Bram Stoker
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Thus far we run before the wind.
Arthur Murphy
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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.
Jonathan Swift
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Twilight, a timid, fawn, went glimmering by, And Night, the dark-blue hunter, followed fast.
George Russell
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Seek on earth what you have found in heaven.
George Russell
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Forgive me, Spirit of my spirit, for this, that I have found it easier to read the mystery told in tears and understood Thee better in sorrow than in joy.
George Russell
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We may fight against what is wrong, but if we allow ourselves to hate, that is to insure our spiritual defeat and our likeness to what we hate.
George Russell
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Ah, to think how thin the veil that lies Between the pain of hell and Paradise.
George Russell
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You can't evoke great spirits and eat plums at the same time.
George Russell
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Any relations in a social order will endure, if there is infused into them some of that spirit of human sympathy which qualifies life for immortality.
George Russell
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Jonathan Swift
Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift
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There is an element of autobiography in all fiction in that pain or distress, or pleasure, is based on the author's own. But in my case that is as far as it goes.
William Trevor
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He traveled in order to come home.
William Trevor
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The capacity you're thinking of is imagination; without it there can be no understanding, indeed no fiction.
William Trevor
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I value mothers and motherhood enormously. For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither.
William Trevor
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Jonathan Swift
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Jonathan Swift
#Irish Writer