Tag Archives: Jonathan Swift

quotation: How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning. Jonathan Swift


How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning.

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quotation:, Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation., Jonathan Swift


Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation.

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quotation: Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

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Quotation: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) on Becoming Wise (Wisdom is – if ever – rather acquired than inherited)


The latter part of a wise man’s life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.

Jonathan Swift's grave in St. Patrick's Cathedral

Jonathan Swift’s grave in St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Photo credit: RealMattKane)

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NB: “Wisdom is – if ever – rather acquired than inherited”

Quotation: Jonathan Swift on “Promises and pie-crusts”


Promises and pie-crusts are made to be broken.

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Quotation: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) – Positiveness


Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and orators, because he that would obtrude his thoughts and reasons upon a multitude, will convince others the more as he appears convinced himself.

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Today’s Quotation: Jonathan Swift on “the father of lies”


 

Although the Devil be the father of lies, he seems, like other great inventors, to have lost much of his reputation by the continual improvements that have been made upon him.

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Quotation of the Day: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.

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My Take on this: Is eating oysters worth loosing you life over? If yes, eat, if not, abstain! Extrapolated this is a good advice for whoever chooses to live the life on an oyter (like an oyster), but sometimes it is worth to go out of your way and try new things (extrapolated that is way out of culinary’s way, and quite universally applicable).

Today’s Quotation: Jonathan Swift – On Marriage, Nesting and Netting


The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.

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My Take on This:
Times have changed fundamentally since the time of Swift: One can only wonder, if the observation he made still stands…I guess the issue at hand had lesser to do with society, and more with human nature; but I may be wrong.