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Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

by Jonathan Swift

Morality and Ethics Quotes

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Quote #10

I enjoyed perfect health of body, and tranquillity of mind; I did not feel the treachery or inconstancy of a friend, nor the injuries of a secret or open enemy. I had no occasion of bribing, flattering, or pimping, to procure the favour of any great man, or of his minion; I wanted no fence against fraud or oppression: here was neither physician to destroy my body, nor lawyer to ruin my fortune; no informer to watch my words and actions, or forge accusations against me for hire. (4.10.1)

Again, we get this overlap between morality of conduct and personal health. After all, the diseases Gulliver attributes to the English, such as venereal disease and indigestion, are all caused by too much greed and indulgence. And the Houyhnhnms never die of illness, because they're just so virtuous.

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