Tuesday, October 28, 2014

J. Swift!

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And for your mind's enjoyment - wise W.T.F. moments from none other than Jonathan Swift:
We have just enough Religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

It is unwise to punish cowards with Ignominy; for if they had regarded that they would not have been cowards: death is their proper punishment, because they fear it most.

Reflect on things past, as Wars, Negotiations, Factions and the like; we enter so little into those interests, that we wonder how Men could possibly  be so busy, and concerned in Things so transitory: look on the present Times, we find the same Humour, yet wonder not at all.

Herodotus tells us, that in cold countries beasts very seldom have horns; but in hot they have very large ones. This might bear a pleasant application.

The latter part of a wise man’s life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this infallible sign; that the Dunces are all in confederacy against him.

The Camelion, who is said to feed upon nothing but air, hath of all animals the nimblest tongue.

If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politicks, religion, learning, and the like; beginning from his youth, and so go on to old age: what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last?

The reason why so few marriages are happy, is, because young ladies spend their time making nets, and not in making cages.