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Gulliver's Travels Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Gulliver's Travels
  1. #1
    I winked at my own littleness, as people do at their own faults.
  2. #2
    The use of speech was to make us understand one another, and to receive information of facts.
  3. #3
    You have clearly proved that ignorance, idleness, and vice, are the proper ingredients for qualifying a legislator.
  4. #4
    Laws are best explained, interpreted, and applied by those whose interest and abilities lie in perverting, confounding, and eluding them.
  5. #5
    No person can disobey reason, without giving up his claim to be a rational creature.
  6. #6
    Regard to good morals than to great abilities; for, since government is necessary to mankind, they believe, that the common size of human understanding is fitted to some station or other; and that Providence never intended to make the management of public affairs a mystery to be comprehended only by a few persons of sublime.
  7. #7
    The different nations of the world had different customs.
  8. #8
    When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office.
  1. #9
    Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Big-endians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments.
  2. #10
    The cottagers and labourers keep their children at home, their business being only to till and cultivate the earth, and therefore their education is of little consequence to the public.
  3. #11
    I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals.
  4. #12
    Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.
  5. #13
    Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
  6. #14
    The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver’s watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.
  7. #15
    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 race of politicians put together.
  8. #16
    A wife should be always a reasonable and agreeable companion, because she cannot always be young.

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  1. #17
    This made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is for a man to endeavor to do himself honor among those who are out of all degree of equality or comparison with him.
  2. #18
    Ingratitude is amongst them a capital crime, as we read it to have been in some other countries: for they reason thus; that whoever makes ill-returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of the mankind, from where he has received no obligations and therefore such man is not fit to live.
  3. #19
    They look upon fraud as a greater crime than theft, and therefore seldom fail to punish it with death.
  4. #20
    I enjoyed perfect health of body, and tranquility of mind; I did not feel the treachery or inconstancy of a friend, nor the injuries of a secret or open enemy.
  5. #21
    Of so little weight are the greatest services to princes, when put into the balance with a refusal to gratify their passions.
  6. #22
    My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors, ancient and modern, being always provided with a good number of books; and when I was ashore, in observing the manners and dispositions of the people, as well as learning their language; wherein I had a great facility, by the strength of my memory.
  7. #23
    They have a notion, that when people are met together, a short silence does much improve conversation: this I found to be true; for during those little intermissions of talk, new ideas would arise in their minds, which very much enlivened the discourse.
  8. #24
    Difference in opinions has cost many millions of lives: for instance, whether flesh be bread, or bread be flesh; whether the juice of a certain berry be blood or wine.
  9. #25
    Men are never so serious, thoughtful, and intent, as when they are at stool.
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