Over 40,000 Famous Quotes Sorted By Topic and Author
Jonathan Swift Topic: Adversity
In all distresses of our friends We first consult our private ends, While Nature, kindly bent to ease us, Points out some circumstance to please us.
Jonathan Swift Topic: Agriculture
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 Topic: Ambition
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices, so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
Jonathan Swift Topic: Charity
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.
Jonathan Swift Topic: Eating
Lord, Madame, I have fed like a farmer; I shall grow as fat as a porpoise.
Jonathan Swift Topic: Echo
Never sleeping, still awake, Pleasing most when most I speak; The delight of old and young, Though I speak without a tongue. Nought but one thing can confound me, Many voices joining round me, Then I fret, and rave, and gabble, Like the labourers of Babel.
Jonathan Swift Topic: Flattery
'Tis 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 Topic: Fleas
So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite 'em, And so proceed ad infinitum. Thus every poet in his kind Is bit by him that comes behind.
Jonathan Swift Topic: Genius
When a true genius appears in this world you may know him by the sign that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
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