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The Wit of Jonathan Swift

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The Wit of Jonathan Swift

On Drink:

“A tavern (pub) is a place where they sell madness by the bottle”


On Politics:

“Never remark that the air in Ireland is healthy and excellent or they will most certainly tax it”


“All Political parties die of swallowing their own lies”


“Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.”
On Attraction:

“Under an oak in stormy weather;

I joined this rogue and whore together;

And none but he who rules the thunder

Can pull this rogue and whore asunder”


On Food:

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”
On Law:

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”


On Genius:

“When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.”

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