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I am now trying an experiment very frequent among modern authors; which is to write upon Nothing; when the subject is utterly exhausted, to let the pen still move on; by some called the ghost of Wit, delighting to walk after the death of its body. -- Conclusion, A Tale of A Tub And to say the truth, there seems to be no part of knowledge in fewer hands, than that of discerning when to have done. -- Conclusion, A Tale of A Tub ... I am wonderfully well acquainted with the present relish of courteous readers, and have often observed with singular pleasure, that a fly driven from a honey-pot will immediately, with very good appetite, alight and finish his meal on an excrement. -- Conclusion, A Tale of a Tub
How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice, when they will not so much as take warning?
I have known several persons of great fame for wisdom in public affairs and councils, governed by foolish servants
She pays him in his own coin. There was all the world and his wife. Bread is the staff of life
Whatever the poets pretend, it is plain they give immortality to none but themselves; it is Homer and Virgil we reverence and admire, not Achilles or AEneas. With historians it is quite the contrary; our thoughts are taken up with the actions, persons, and events we read, and we little regard the authors.
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman Better belly burst than good liquor be lost
1726 Gulliver's Travels Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World by Lemuel Gulliver http://www.jaffebros.com/lee/gulliver/contents.html
Part I: A Voyage To Lilliput (1699 —1702) Part II: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (1702 – 1706) Part III: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Glubbdubdrib, Luggnagg and Japan (1706 – 1710) Part IV: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (1710 – 1715)
And my Master thought it monstrous in us to give the Females a different kind of Education from the Males, except in some Articles of Domestic Management; whereby, as he truly observed, one half of our Natives were good for nothing but bringing Children into the World: And to trust the Care of our Children to such useless Animals, he said, was yet a greater Instance of Brutality. (IV:8)