Prose Writings of Swift

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Walter Scott publishing Company, Limited, 1886 - English prose literature - 352 pages
 

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Page 271 - As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Page 266 - Secondly, the poorer tenants will have something valuable of their own, which by law may be made liable to distress, and help to pay their landlord's rent, their corn and cattle being already seized, and money a thing unknown.
Page 237 - Who would ever have suspected Asgill for a wit, or Toland for a philosopher, if the inexhaustible stock of Christianity had not been at hand to provide them with materials? What other subject, through all art or nature, could have produced Tindal for a profound author, or furnished him with readers? It is the wise choice of the subject that alone adorns and distinguishes the writer. For had a hundred such pens as these been employed on the side of religion, they would have immediately sunk into silence...
Page xiii - ... his green boughs, and left him a withered trunk : he then flies to art, and puts on a periwig, valuing himself upon an unnatural bundle of hairs (all covered with powder), that never grew on his head ; but now, should this our broomstick pretend to enter the...
Page xxiii - I like the scheme of our meeting after distresses and dispersions, but the chief end I propose to myself in all my labours is to vex the world rather than divert it ; and if I could compass that design without hurting my own person or fortune, I would be the most indefatigable writer you have ever seen without reading.
Page 61 - As to his body there can be no dispute ; but examine even the acquirements of his mind, you will find them all contribute in their order towards furnishing out an exact dress : to instance no more ; is not religion a cloak, honesty a pair of shoes worn out in the dirt, selflove a surtout, vanity a shirt, and conscience a pair of breeches, which, though a cover for lewdness as well as nastiness, is easily slipt down for the service of both?
Page xxii - ... the truest, most virtuous, and valuable friend, that I, or perhaps any other person, was ever blessed with.
Page 42 - Tis but a ball bandied to and fro, and every man carries a racket about him to strike it from himself among the rest of the company.
Page 126 - But when a man's fancy gets astride on his reason, when imagination is at cuffs with the senses , and common understanding , as well as common sense, is kicked out of doors, the first proselyte he makes, is himself; and when that is once compassed , the difficulty is not so great in bringing over others; a strong delusion always operating from without as vigorously as from within.
Page 167 - Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own ; which is the chief reason for that kind reception it meets with in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.

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