Jonathan Swift quote about death from Gulliver's Travels - It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death, rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end.
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It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death, rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end.
 Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (1726). copy citation

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Author Jonathan Swift
Source Gulliver's Travels
Topic death custom eggs
Date 1726
Language English
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“The people so highly resented this law, that our histories tell us, there have been six rebellions raised on that account; wherein one emperor lost his life, and another his crown. These civil commotions were constantly fomented by the monarchs of Blefuscu; and when they were quelled, the exiles always fled for refuge to that empire. It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death, rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end. Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Big-endians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments. During the course of these troubles, the emperors of Blefusca did frequently expostulate by their ambassadors, accusing us of making a schism in religion, by offending against a fundamental doctrine of our great prophet Lustrog, in the fifty-fourth chapter of the Blundecral (which is their Alcoran).” source

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