Jonathan Swift Quote
“Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.”
The Battle of the Books, preface (1704).
“Punning is an art of harmonious jingling upon words, which, passing in at the ears, excites a titillary motion in those parts; and this, being conveyed by the animal spirits into the muscles of the face, raises the cockles of the heart.”
The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D. D. Arranged by Thomas Sheridan (J. Johnson, 1803), p. 125, "The Art of Punning"
“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”
A Critical Essay upon the Faculties of the Mind (1707).
“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
Thoughts on Various Subjects from Miscellanies (1711-1726)
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJonathan Swift
Born: November 30, 1667
Died: October 19, 1745 (aged 77)
Occupation: Writer, satirist, essayist, poet, priest
Bio: Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.