Jonathan Swift Quotes

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every-dog-must-have-his-day
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two-friendships-in-two-breasts-requires-the-same-aversions-and-desires
there-is-nothing-constant-in-this-world-but-inconsistency
a-nice-man-is-a-man-of-nasty-ideas
politics-as-the-word-is-commonly-understood-are-nothing-but-corruption
our-passions-are-like-convulsion-fits-which-though-they-make-us-stronger-for-the-time-leave-us-the-weaker-ever-after
observation-is-an-old-mans-memory
some-men-under-the-notion-of-weeding-out-prejudices-eradicate-virtue-honesty-and-religion
all-fits-of-pleasure-are-balanced-by-an-equal-degree-of-pain-or-languor-it-is-like-spending-this-year-part-of-the-next-years-revenues
reason-is-a-very-light-rider-and-easily-shook-off
when-a-true-genius-appears-in-this-world-you-may-know-him-by-this-sign-that-the-dunces-are-all-in-confederacy-against-him
a-man-should-never-be-ashamed-to-own-that-he-has-been-in-the-wrong-which-is-but-saying-that-he-is-wiser-today-than-yesterday
some-people-take-more-care-to-hide-their-wisdom-than-their-folly
happiness-is-the-perpetual-possession-of-being-well-deceived
happiness-is-a-perpetual-possession-of-being-welldeceived
my-nose-itched-and-i-knew-i-should-drink-wine-or-kiss-a-fool
blessed-is-he-who-expects-nothing-for-he-shall-never-be-disappointed
we-have-just-enough-religion-to-make-us-hate-but-not-enough-to-make-us-love-one-another
one-enemy-can-do-more-hurt-than-ten-friends-can-do-good
as-blushing-will-sometimes-make-a-whore-pass-for-a-virtuous-woman-so-modesty-may-make-a-fool-seem-a-man-of-sense
promises-and-pie-crusts-are-made-to-be-broken
one-of-the-best-rules-in-conversation-is-never-to-say-a-thing-which-any-of-the-company-can-reasonably-wish-had-been-left-unsaid
argument-as-usually-managed-is-the-worst-sort-of-conversation-as-in-books-it-is-generally-the-worst-sort-of-reading
satire-is-a-sort-of-glass-wherein-beholders-do-generally-discover-everybodys-face-but-their-own
vision-is-the-art-of-seeing-things-invisible
i-have-ever-hated-all-nations-professions-communities-all-my-love-is-toward-individuals-jonathan-swift
life-is-tragedy-wherein-we-sit-as-spectators-for-while-then-act-our-part-in-it-jonathan-swift
small-causes-are-sufficient-to-make-man-uneasy-when-great-ones-are-not-in-way-for-want-block-he-will-stumble-at-straw-jonathan-swift
what-they-do-in-heaven-we-are-ignorant-what-they-do-not-do-we-are-told-expressly-jonathan-swift
if-heaven-had-looked-upon-riches-to-be-valuable-thing-it-would-not-have-given-them-to-such-scoundrel-jonathan-swift
complaint-is-largest-tribute-heaven-receives-sincerest-part-our-devotion-jonathan-swift
every-day-is-opportunity-to-make-new-happy-ending-may-you-live-all-days-your-life-jonathan-swift
a-favor-is-half-granted-when-graciously-refused-jonathan-swift
the-latter-part-wise-persons-life-is-occupied-with-curing-follies-prejudices-false-opinions-they-contracted-earlier-jonathan-swift
the-best-maxim-i-know-in-this-life-is-to-drink-your-coffee-when-you-can-when-you-cannot-to-be-easy-without-it-jonathan-swift
vision-is-art-seeing-invisible-jonathan-swift
He was perfectly astonished with the historical account gave him of our affairs during the last century; protesting 'it was only a heap of conspiracies, rebellions, murders, massacres, revolutions, banishments, the very worst effects that avarice, faction, hypocrisy, perfidiousness, cruelty, rage, madness, hatred, envy, lust, malice, and ambition, could produce.' His majesty, in another audience, was at the pains to recapitulate the sum of all I had spoken; compared the questions he made with the answers I had given; then taking me into his hands, and stroking me gently, delivered himself in these words, which I shall never forget, nor the manner he spoke them in: 'My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable panegyric upon your country; you have clearly proved, that ignorance, idleness, and vice, are the proper ingredients for qualifying a legislator; that laws are best explained, interpreted, and applied, by those whose interest and abilities lie in perverting, confounding, and eluding them. I observe among you some lines of an institution, which, in its original, might have been tolerable, but these half erased, and the rest wholly blurred and blotted by corruptions. It does not appear, from all you have said, how any one perfection is required toward the procurement of any one station among you; much less, that men are ennobled on account of their virtue; that priests are advanced for their piety or learning; soldiers, for their conduct or valour; judges, for their integrity; senators, for the love of their country; or counsellors for their wisdom. As for yourself, ' continued the king, 'who have spent the greatest part of your life in travelling, I am well disposed to hope you may hitherto have escaped many vices of your country. But by what I have gathered from your own relation, and the answers I have with much pains wrung and extorted from you, I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.

Jonathan Swift
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De­jele que entre nosotros existe­a una sociedad de hombres educados desde su juventud en el arte de probar con palabras multiplicadas al efecto que lo blanco es negro y lo negro es blanco, segeºn para lo que se les paga. El resto de las gentes son esclavas de esta sociedad. Por ejemplo: si mi vecino quiere mi vaca, asalaria un abogado que pruebe que debe quitarme la vaca. Entonces yo tengo que asalariar otro para que defienda mi derecho, pues va contra todas las reglas de la ley que se permita a nadie hablar por si mismo. Ahora bien; en este caso, yo, que soy el propietario lege­timo, tengo dos desventajas. La primera es que, como mi abogado se ha ejercitado casi desde su cuna en defender la falsedad, cuando quiere abogar por la justicia -oficio que no le es natural- lo hace siempre con gran torpeza, si no con mala fe. La segunda desventaja es que mi abogado debe proceder con gran precaucion, pues de otro modo le reprendere¡n los jueces y le aborrecere¡n sus colegas, como a quien degrada el ejercicio de la ley. No tengo, pues, sino dos medios para defender mi vaca. El primero es ganarme al abogado de mi adversario con un estipendio doble, que le haga traicionar a su cliente insinuando que la justicia este¡ de su parte. El segundo procedimiento es que mi abogado de a mi causa tanta apariencia de injusticia como le sea posible, reconociendo que la vaca pertenece a mi adversario; y esto, si se hace diestramente, conquistare¡ sin duda, el favor del tribunal. Ahora debe saber su see±ore­a que estos jueces son las personas designadas para decidir en todos los litigios sobre propiedad, ase­ como para entender en todas las acusaciones contra criminales, y que se los saca de entre los abogados me¡s he¡biles cuando se han hecho viejos o perezosos; y como durante toda su vida se han inclinado en contra de la verdad y de la equidad, es para ellos tan necesario favorecer el fraude, el perjurio y la vejacion, que yo he sabido de varios que prefirieron rechazar un pinge¼e soborno de la parte a que asiste­a la justicia a injuriar a la Facultad haciendo cosa impropia de la naturaleza de su oficio. Es me¡xima entre estos abogados que cualquier cosa que se haya hecho ya antes puede volver a hacerse legalmente, y, por lo tanto, tienen cuidado especial en guardar memoria de todas las determinaciones anteriormente tomadas contra la justicia comeºn y contra la razon corriente de la Humanidad. Las exhiben, bajo el nombre de precedentes, como autoridades para justificar las opiniones me¡s inicuas, y los jueces no dejan nunca de fallar de conformidad con ellas. Cuando defienden una causa evitan diligentemente todo lo que sea entrar en los fundamentos de ella; pero se detienen, alborotadores, violentos y fatigosos, sobre todas las circunstancias que no hacen al caso. En el antes mencionado, por ejemplo, no procurare¡n nunca averiguar que derechos o te­tulos tiene mi adversario sobre mi vaca; pero discutire¡n si dicha vaca es colorada o negra, si tiene los cuernos largos o cortos, si el campo donde la llevo a pastar es redondo o cuadrado, si se la ordee±a dentro o fuera de casa, a que enfermedades este¡ sujeta y otros puntos ane¡logos. Despues de lo cual consultare¡n precedentes, aplazare¡n la causa una vez y otra, y a los diez, o los veinte, o los treinta ae±os, se llegare¡ a la conclusion. Asimismo debe consignarse que esta sociedad tiene una jerigonza y jerga particular para su uso, que ninguno de los deme¡s mortales puede entender, y en la cual este¡n escritas todas las leyes, que los abogados se cuidan muy especialmente de multiplicar. Con lo que han conseguido confundir totalmente la esencia misma de la verdad y la mentira, la razon y la sinrazon, de tal modo que se tardare¡ treinta ae±os en decidir si el campo que me han dejado mis antecesores de seis generaciones me pertenece a me­ o pertenece a un extrae±o que este¡ a trescientas millas de distancia.

Jonathan Swift
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books-children-brain-jonathan-swift
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in-all-distresses-our-friends-we-first-consult-our-private-ends-jonathan-swift
we-have-just-enough-religion-to-make-us-hate-but-not-enough-to-make-us-love-one-another-jonathan-swift
as-love-without-esteem-is-capricious-volatile-esteem-without-love-is-languid-cold-jonathan-swift
i-always-love-to-begin-journey-on-sundays-because-i-shall-have-prayers-church-to-preserve-all-that-travel-by-land-by-water-jonathan-swift
coffee-makes-us-severe-grave-philosophical-jonathan-swift
it-is-useless-to-attempt-to-reason-man-out-thing-he-was-never-reasoned-into-jonathan-swift
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