Jonathan Swift: All his opinions

If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, learning, etc., beginning from his youth and so go on to old age, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last! -Jonathan Swift.

Jonathan Swift: Round, shining things 

​”An old miser kept a tame jackdaw, that used to steal pieces of money, and hide them in a hole, which a cat observing, asked, “Why he would hoard up those round shining things that he could make no use of?” “Why,” said the jackdaw, “my master has a whole chestfull, and makes no more use of them that I do.”

—Jonathan Swift, satirist (30 Nov 1667-1745) .

Jonathan Swift: Writer's privilege

“There are certain common Privileges of a Writer, the benefit whereof, I hope, there will be no Reason to doubt; Particularly, that where I am not understood, it shall be concluded, that something very useful and profound is coucht underneath.”

~Jonathan Swift.

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Jonathan Swift: Satire

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Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own, which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it. –Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)