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Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift

Before becoming a writer of lasting fame, Jonathan Swift served as a secretary to Sir William Temple. Following a falling out Swift returned to Ireland to become ordained as an Anglican minister, but found the working conditions too poor. Swift turned out a string of books during his lifetime, including "The Battle of the Books" and "Dissensions in Athens and Rome." However, it wasn't unti…

Date of Birth: November 30, 1667
Date of Death: October 19, 1745


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"The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes." Jonathan Swift
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"So geographers, in Africa maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er uninhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns" Jonathan Swift
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Africa   

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"Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through." Jonathan Swift
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"I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one." Jonathan Swift
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Belief   

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"Two friendships in two breasts requires The same aversions and desires." Jonathan Swift
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Friends Or Friendship   

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"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed." Jonathan Swift
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"Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance." Jonathan Swift
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Hunger    Irish Writer   

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"Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age." Jonathan Swift
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Age And Aging    Irish Writer   

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"It was a bold person that first ate an oyster." Jonathan Swift
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Risk   

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"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into" Jonathan Swift
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"Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together" Jonathan Swift
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"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." Jonathan Swift
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"Venus, a beautiful, good-natured lady, was the goddess of love; Juno, a terrible shrew, the goddess of marriage; and they were always mortal enemies" Jonathan Swift
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"A lie is an excuse guarded" Jonathan Swift
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Lies And Lying   

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"I'm as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth" Jonathan Swift
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"Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want." Jonathan Swift
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"Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent." Jonathan Swift
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Irish Writer    Power   

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"Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are an imitation of fighting" Jonathan Swift
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Animals   

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"Books, the children of the brain." Jonathan Swift
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"The worthiest people are the most injured by slander, as is the best fruit which the birds have been pecking at" Jonathan Swift
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"May you live all the days of your life." Jonathan Swift
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