Jonathan Swift, pen names, M.B. Drapier, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff

Jonathan
Swift, pen names, M.B. Drapier, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff
1667
1745

Irish Satirist, Dean of Saint Patrick's. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier—or anonymously.

Author Quotes

Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king.

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.

I never saw, heard nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.

I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.

May you live all the days of your life.

No wise person ever wished to be younger.

The preaching of divines helps to preserve well-inclined men in the course of virtue, but seldom or never reclaims the vicious.

Whosoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.

It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.

When we desire or solicit any thing, our minds run wholly on the good side or circumstances of it; when it is obtained, our minds run wholly on the bad ones.

Wisdom is a fox who, after long hunting, will at last cost you the pains to dig out; it is a cheese, which, by how much the richer, has the thicker, the homelier, and the coarser coat; and whereof to a judicious palate, the maggots are best. It is a sack posset, wherein the deeper you go, you’ll find it the sweeter. Wisdom is a hen, whose cackling we must value and consider, because it is attended with an egg. But lastly, it is a nut, which, unless you choose with judgment, may cost you a tooth, and pay you with nothing but a worm.

Abstracts, abridgments, summaries, etc., have the same use with burning-glasses - to collect the diffused rays of wit and learning in authors, and make them point with warmth and quickness upon the reader’s imagination.

Kitchen physic is the best physic.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

Our Knowledge is but mere Remembrance all, Remembrance is our Treasure and our Food.

There is nothing so extravagant and irrational which some philosophers have not maintained for truth.

The only benefit of flattery is that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed what we ought to be.

The worthiest people are the most injured by slander, as we usually find that to be the best fruit which the birds have been pecking at. A little, and a little, collected together become a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop from an inundation.

There is no vice or folly that requires so much nicety and skill to manage as vanity; nor any which by ill management makes so contemptible a figure.

There is no vice which mankind carries to such wild extremes as that of avarice.

To be vain is rather a mark of humility than pride.

Trifles discover character more than actions of seeming importance; what one is in little things he is also in great.

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First Name
Jonathan
Last Name
Swift, pen names, M.B. Drapier, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff
Birth Date
1667
Death Date
1745
Bio

Irish Satirist, Dean of Saint Patrick's. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier—or anonymously.