Jonathan Swift

  • And surely 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…
  • Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.
  • Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
  • The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable; for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
  • Although men are accused of 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.
  • May you live all the days of your life. – Jonathan Swift

All quotes from Jonathan Swift. My favourite is the last one. You can also read his satire, A Modest Proposal.

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