MAY YOU LIVE ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE

:: JONATHAN SWIFT QUOTES

His Wisdom Is Disarming Anyone...

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

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

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

• There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.

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

• Books, the children of the brain.

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

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

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

• Don't set your wit against a child.

• Every dog must have his day.

• 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

• He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.

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

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

• Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.

• Proper words in proper places make the true definiton of style.

• The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

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

• The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.

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

• I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.

• I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one.

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

• May you live all the days of your life.

• No wise man ever wished to be younger.

• A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.

• 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.

• 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.

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• ABOUT JONATHAN SWIFT (November 30, 1667 - October 19, 1745)

Jonathan Swift was an Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for theTories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin.

He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier—or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire: the Horatian andJuvenalian styles.

• Jonathan Swift, "The Champion of Liberty, died on the 19th Day of the Month of October, A.D. 1745, in the 78th Year of his Age."

• William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939):

Swift has sailed into his rest.

Savage indignation there

cannot lacerate his breast.

Imitate him if you dare,

world-besotted traveller.

He served human liberty.

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? Interested to know more ? Read Here:

• About Jonathan Swift: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Swift

• About William Butler Yeats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Butler_Yeats

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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Loved this, loved him...he was a master at wordplay....one could never hope to come close.to his wit. Yet all the greats, they all sit blissfully beyond, and someday when I get there I will delight in picking thier brains. Super hub~~~MFB III


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Artamia 6 years ago from GTA, Canada Author

Thank-You, Your Kindness... But YOU, MFB-III, dare to imitate him often...- b/c you are brave and went through so many rich historic events and pain... I respect your expressive impressionism... and admire your "kafkaesque madness" and openness [and the luxury of not caring about critics]... which in Kafka himself was just a pain deeply felt for us all, 'his fellow brothers' and expressed abstractly in words palette...


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Swift was a master! Thanks for sharing some of his amazing wisdom.

Love and peace

Tony

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