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Jonathan Swift
November 30, 1667 - October 19, 1745
Nationality: Irish
Category: Writer
Subcategory: Irish Writer

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


A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.


Observation is an old man's memory.


Principally I hate and detest that animal called man; although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth.


Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind.


Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding.


Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.


No wise man ever wished to be younger.


Every dog must have his day.


The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.


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


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


My nose itched, and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool.


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


Books, the children of the brain.


Don't set your wit against a child.


Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.


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


A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour.


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


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