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Irish Author and Satirist of prose, 1667-1745
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'Tis an old maxim in the schools, That flattery's the food of fools; Yet now and then your men of wit, Will condescend to take a bit
A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for friends; and when the family dines alone, the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt will be very good boiled on the fourth day, especially in w
A chuck under the chin is worth two kisses
A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?
A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour.
A lie is an excuse guarded
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.
A nice man is a man of nasty ideas.
A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
All fits of pleasure are balanced by an equal degree of pain or languor; it is like spending this year part of the next year's revenues
All human race would be wits. And millions miss, for one that hits.
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever 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
Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
Men and Women
As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.
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