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.
“Laws are like cobwebs which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”
“Men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet, perhaps, as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.”
—Jonathan Swift, writer and cleric.
”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) .
“Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken. ”
“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.”
“Don’t set your wit against a child. ”
You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday.
“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
—Jonathan Swift, author of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.
Also see: Samir Halarnkar’s ‘God And Disgust’.