* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

by Jonathan Swift

Morality and Ethics Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #7

Fifthly, this food would likewise bring great customs to taverns […] frequented by all the fine gentlemen who justly value themselves upon their knowledge in good eating. (24)

The wealthy value good taste in food as opposed to holding traditional values—you know, the ability to tell between right and wrong.

Quote #8

I can think of no one objection that will possibly be raised against this proposal, unless it should be urged that the number of people will be thereby much lessened in the kingdom. (28)

Way to say what everyone else is thinking, Narrator. Swift knows that his readers are looking for an easy solution to the overpopulation crisis.

Quote #9

For this kind of commodity will not bear exportation, the flesh being of too tender a consistence to admit a long continuance in salt, although perhaps I could name a country which would be glad to eat up our whole nation without it. (30)

Swift loves to hate on England any chance he gets.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Noodle's College Search