Jonathan Swift quote about equality from Gulliver's Travels - This made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is for a man to endeavour to do himself honour among those who are out of all degree of equality or comparison with him.
pick facebookpinterest < prevnext > picture source

This made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is for a man to endeavour to do himself honour among those who are out of all degree of equality or comparison with him.
 Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (1726). copy citation

edit
Author Jonathan Swift
Source Gulliver's Travels
Topic equality honour comparison
Date 1726
Language English
Reference
Note
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/829/829-h/829-h.htm

Context

“This I delivered in a firm tone, like a person who was jealous lest his courage should be called in question. However, my speech produced nothing else beside a loud laughter, which all the respect due to his majesty from those about him could not make them contain. This made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is for a man to endeavour to do himself honour among those who are out of all degree of equality or comparison with him. And yet I have seen the moral of my own behaviour very frequent in England since my return; where a little contemptible varlet, without the least title to birth, person, wit, or common sense, shall presume to look with importance, and put himself upon a foot with the greatest persons of the kingdom.” source

Meaning and analysis

write a note
report