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Happy birthday, Jonathan Swift

From today’s Quotes Of The Day:

Jonathan Swift was born at Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1667, seven months after his father’s death, and was raised primarily by an uncle. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin but political events forced him to England before completing his Masters. He became secretary to an English diplomat, and spent most of his life serving as a political liaison of sorts, although he was also a priest of the Church of Ireland and was, on at least a couple of occasions, a parish priest. We know him as possible the greatest satirist in the English language, which is remarkable because none of his works were published under his own name during his life.

A man should never be ashamed to own up when he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

A wise man should have money in his head, not in his heart.

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

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.

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

Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.

– All from Jonathan Swift, 1667 – 1745