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Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 12:04 AM


Fun stuff! Learned a few things, once we figured out the specific Jonathan. Good job!

Virtus  (Level: 170.3 - Posts: 2493)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 1:02 AM

Yep I went off to see the lights too, and then the came on.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 3943)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 5:50 AM

I never figured out the Jonathan, but never had to. It wasn't required to enjoy the puzzle, especially since so many of the phrases were familiar enough.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 7:10 AM

Come on, Ken.

How many Jonathans do you know of, musicians excluded?

Thank you for the well-turned phrases, Barry and ????

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 8:22 AM

The last one nearly did me in, but it was a great puzzle (well, except for #5 taking me so long that I missed the start of Project Runway!).

Job well done. Thanks

Lynnm  (Level: 237.8 - Posts: 2048)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 9:00 AM

I really enjoyed this, even if I wasn't too "swift".

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 9:19 AM

As Lynn says, the puzzle was Jonathan Swift.
I was reading a Swift collection a few months ago and some of his phorisms seemed so apposite that i thought it might make a good quiz.
Here they are in full.

We have enough religion…
to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another

How is it possible to expect…
that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning

The sign of a genius:
The dunces are all in confederacy against him

On criticism
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent

On Old Age
No wise man ever wished to be younger

On complaining
The largest tribute heaven receives and the sincerest part of our devotion

On foolishness
Men are content to be laughed at for their wit but not their folly

I never wonder ..
to see men wicked but I often wonder to see them not ashamed

On insight
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible

On faith
To say a man is bound to believe is neither true nor sense

Alvandy  (Level: 241.6 - Posts: 7717)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 9:41 AM

I scored well, by not going too swiftly as it turned out.
I started out by thinking how can that wacko comic/magician [Amazing Johnathan] have said something that brilliant about "criticism'. My first puzzle took awhile to do - and then I wised up- and realized it was a Garrybl puzzle.

It became easier once I realized who Jonathan was.
Kudos to Barry.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 3943)
Fri, 23rd Oct '09 6:23 PM


The Apple,
The Livingston Seagull,
Plenty of politicians,
Many personal acquaintances, it's not an uncommon name.

Seriously, I saw the title and expected a magician or another entertainer (not that he wasn't), but I didn't know he was responsible for those or similar quotes. Please excuse my zones of ignorance.

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