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

Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.


There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.


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


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


Under this window in stormy weather I marry this man and woman together; Let none but Him who rules the thunder Put this man and woman asunder.


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.


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.


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


Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.


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


Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.


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


When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.


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