And I remember in frequent discourses with my master concerning the nature of manhood, in other parts of the world, having occasion to talk of lying and false representationà For he argued thus; that the use of speech was to make us understand one another, and to receive information of facts; now if any one said the thing which was not, these ends were defeatedà àhe leaves me worse than in ignorance, for I am led to believe a thing black when it is white, and short when it is long.
More Quotes from Jonathan Swift:Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.
Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.
Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone, To all my friends a burden grown No more I hear my church's bell Than if it rang out for my knell At thunder now no more I start Than at the rumbling of a cart
What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.
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