Credit: Vintage colour illustration from Gulliver's travels. Gulliver tied down by the lilliputians. Gulliver held prisoner and tied hand, foot and hair by the people from Lilliput during his voyage there. Gulliver's Travels is a 1726 prose satire by the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, satirising both human nature and the travellers' tales literary subgenre; Getty images
7 еxcerpts from Gulliver's Travels: Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World (1726)
1. "Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old."
2. "Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison."
3. "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."
4. "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."
5. "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."