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

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.


May you live every day of your life.


Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.


He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.


Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.


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


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


Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride.


Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.


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


For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.


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


A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.


It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not.


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


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


The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.


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


I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.


Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.


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