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 Jonathan Swift - “I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.”
 Jonathan Swift - “Men of great parts are often unfortunate in the management of public business because they are apt to go out of the common road by the quickness of their imagination.”
 Jonathan Swift - “The most positive men are the most credulous.”
 Jonathan Swift - “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”
 Jonathan Swift - “'T is nothing when you are used to it.”
 Jonathan Swift - “What vexes me most is, that my female friends, who could bear me very well a dozen years ago, have now forsaken me, although I am not so old in proportion to them as I formerly was which I can prove by arithmetic, for then I was double their age, which now I am not. Letter to Alexander Pope. 7 Feb. 1736.”
 Jonathan Swift - “If they would, for Example, praise the Beauty of a Woman, or any other Animal, they describe it by Rhombs, Circles, Parallelograms, Ellipses, and other geometrical terms ...”
 Jonathan Swift - “The reasons why so few marriages are happy, is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.”
 Jonathan Swift - “Brutes find out where their talents lie A bear will not attempt to fly, A foundered horse will oft debate Before he tries a five barred gate. A dog by instinct turns aside Who sees the ditch too deep and wide, But man we find the only creature Who, led by folly, combats nature Who, when she loudly criesForbear With obstinacy fixes there And where the genius least inclines, Absurdly bends his whole designs.”
 Jonathan Swift - “May you live all the days of your life.”
 Jonathan Swift - “It often happens that, if a lie be believed only for an hour, it has done its work, and there is no further occasion for it.”
 Jonathan Swift - “It is likewise to be observed that this society hath a peculiar chant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can understand, and wherein all their laws are written, which they take special care to multiply.”
 Jonathan Swift - “Lord, I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing”
 Jonathan Swift - “I always like to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the Church to preserve all that travel by land or by water.”
 Jonathan Swift - “There is nothing in this world constant, but inconstancy.”
 Jonathan Swift - “I hate nobody I am in charity with the world.”
 Jonathan Swift - “And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.”
 Jonathan Swift - “She has more goodness in her little finger than he has in his whole body.”
 Jonathan Swift - “So geographers, in Afric Marriages, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns.”
 Jonathan Swift - “When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”
 Jonathan Swift - “When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign that all the dunces are in confederation against him.”
 Jonathan Swift - “'T is 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 - “Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.”
 Jonathan Swift - “He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers.”
 Jonathan Swift - “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

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