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1667 - 1745, Irish satirist and poet

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift

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

Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our hives wit honey and wax; thus
furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light.
Jonathan Swift

War - that mad game the world so loves to play.
Jonathan Swift

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtous woman, so modesty may make a
fool seem a man of sense.
Jonathan Swift

Books, the children of the brain.
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I hate nobody: I am in charity with all the world.
Jonathan Swift

If heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to
such a scoundrel.
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She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on her with a pitchfork.
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I shall be like that tree, I shall die at the top.
Jonathan Swift

We were to do more business after dinner; but after dinner is after dinner - an old saying and
a true, "much drinking, little thinking."
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'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.
Jonathan Swift

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
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He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers; which
were to be put in vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement
summers.
Jonathan Swift

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their
own.
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A lie is an excuse guarded.
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Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
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We are so fond of another, because our ailments are the same.
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May you live all the days of your life.
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I love good creditable acquaintance; I love to be the worst of the company.
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There is nothing in the world constant, but inconstancy.
Jonathan Swift

I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
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Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.
Jonathan Swift

The sight of you is good for sore eyes.
Jonathan Swift

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information
from age and experience.
Jonathan Swift

What some invent the rest enlarge.
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