Jonathan Swift

1667 – 1745   Satirist, Clergyman, Essayist, Author, Poet

Irish by birth, Swift received a Doctor of Divinity from Dublin College and became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.  Appalled by grinding poverty in Ireland, he wrote many tracts and arguments in favour of better treatment for the Irish. His Modest Proposal shamed many by its satiric suggestion to sell the babies of starving Irish families for food. Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is famed in its own right as literature but is also a brilliant satire exposing the follies of despotic kings and foolish philosophers.

Goat-at-the-foot-of-the-Haymarket Lodge, London. (The odd name comes from the fact that Lodge meetings at the time were held in taverns. ‘The Goat’ was a tavern in an area of London known as the Haymarket.)

Quotes

“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”