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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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Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. Jonathan Swift

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michaelj72 added We have enough religion to hate each other, but not enough to love each other.

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May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

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A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart. Jonathan Swift

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One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good. Jonathan Swift

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I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed. Jonathan Swift

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There's none so blind as they that won't see. Jonathan Swift

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Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. Jonathan Swift

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There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake. Jonathan Swift

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It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind. Jonathan Swift

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Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want. Jonathan Swift

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It was a bold person that first ate an oyster. Jonathan Swift

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It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom. Jonathan Swift

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michaelj72 added We have chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light.

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Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off. Jonathan Swift

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michaelj72 added She has more goodness in her little finger, than he has in his whole body.

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One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid. Jonathan Swift

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michaelj72 added Conversation is but carving! Give no more to every guest Than he's able to digest. Give him always of the prime, And but little at a time...

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Observation is an old man's memory. Jonathan Swift

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Two friendships in two breasts requires The same aversions and desires. Jonathan Swift

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Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken. Jonathan Swift

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

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The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style. Jonathan Swift

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What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly. Jonathan Swift

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I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are as slaves. Jonathan Swift

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Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and speakers because, whoever shares his thoughts with the public will convince them as he himself appears convinced. Jonathan Swift

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If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel. Jonathan Swift

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Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps 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. Jonathan Swift

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As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold. Jonathan Swift

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I will venture to affirm, that the three seasons wherein our corn has miscarried did no more contribute to our present misery, than one spoonful of water thrown upon a rat already drowned would contribute to his death; and that the present plentiful harvest, although it should be followed by a dozen ensuing, would no more restore us, than it would the rat aforesaid to put him near the fire, which might indeed warm his fur-coat, but never bring him back to life. Jonathan Swift

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Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. Jonathan Swift

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I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child, well nursed, is at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout. Jonathan Swift

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Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride. Jonathan Swift

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Nor do they trust their tongue 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. Jonathan Swift

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A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment? Jonathan Swift

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Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter. Jonathan Swift

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And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together. Jonathan Swift

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It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind. Jonathan Swift

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Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance. Jonathan Swift

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

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Promises and Pye-Crusts, are made to be broken. Jonathan Swift

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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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Pretense is the overrating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to. Jonathan Swift

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Style may defined as the proper words in the proper places. Jonathan Swift

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O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee, whose graceless children scorn to own thee! . Yet thou hast greater cause to be ashamed of them, than they of thee. Jonathan Swift

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The lack of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome. Jonathan Swift

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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. Jonathan Swift

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I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing. Jonathan Swift

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The two maxims of any great man at court are, always to keep his countenance and never to keep his work. Jonathan Swift