quote by Jonathan Swift

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.

— Jonathan Swift

Most Powerful Dunces quotations

The flat-brimmed cap is the modern day dunce cap.

There is no one who is without faults, and who is not in some way a burden to others, whether he is a superior or a subject, an old man or a young one, a scholar or a dunce.

with the breakdown of the medieval system, the gods of chaos, lunacy, and bad taste gained ascendancy.

A firm rule must be imposed upon our nation before it destroys itself.

The United States needs some theology and geometry, some taste and decency. I suspect that we are teetering on the edge of the abyss.

Apparently I lack some particular perversion which today's employer is seeking.

The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.

Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came, And the puff a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease, Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please.

When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.

When Fortuna spins you downward, go out to a movie and get more out of life.

ETHNOLOGY, n. The science that treats of the various tribes of Man, as robbers, thieves, swindlers, dunces, lunatics, idiots and ethnologists.

A Zen master used to say, It is clear and so it is hard to see.

A dunce once searched for a fire with a lighted lantern. Had he known what fire was, he could have cooked his rice much sooner.

Is my paranoia getting completely out of hand, or are you mongoloids really talking about me?

The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.

When dunces are satiric, I take it for a panegyric.

Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce.

In fame's temple there is always a niche to be found for rich dunces, importunate scoundrels, or successful butchers of the human race.

A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.

I'm not eager to jump into marriage again.

I'm in the corner right now, wearing my dunce cap. That area is obviously a nightmare.

The use of proverbs is characteristic of an unlettered people.

They are invaluable treasures to dunces with good memories.

In our wide world there is but one altogether fatal personage, the dunce,--he that speaks irrationally, that sees not, and yet thinks he sees.

For there's nothing we read of in torture's inventions, Like a well-meaning dunce, with the best of intentions.

There is no dunce like a mature dunce.

How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home.

Yeah, I think A Confederacy of Dunces is probably the perfect New Orleans book.

Not all celebrities are dunces.

Fool beckons fool, and dunce awakens dunce.

The defects of great men are the consolation of the dunces.

Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably.

Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.

Veneration of Mark Twain is one of the roots of our current intellectual stalemate.

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Rebukes are easy from our betters, From men of quality and letters;

But when low dunces will affront,What man alive can stand the brunt?

When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign;

that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. [Thoughts on Various Subjects]

Tip O'Neill, even after Ronald Reagan became president, called him "an amiable dunce," which is what the Democrats always do.

At school where you a dunce or a teacher's pet? All of the above.

I was stupid so they thought I was cute.