The worthiest people are the most injured by slander, as is the best fruit which the birds have been pecking at.
Jonathan Swift Quotes
I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
Whatever the poets pretend, it is plain they give immortality to none but themselves; it is Homer and Virgil we reverence and admire, not Achilles and Aeneas.
So, naturalists observe, a flea Hath smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller fleas to bite ’em, And so proceed ad infinitum. Thus every poet, in his kind Is bit by him that comes behind.
Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for the time, leave us the weaker ever after.
All fits of pleasure are balanced by an equal degree of pain or languor; it is like spending this year part of the next year’s revenues.
My nose itched, and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool.
So, naturalists observe, a flea – Hath smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite’em; And so proceed ad infinitum.
Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
Fine words! I wonder where you stole them.