[Ads-l] J. Swift qoute on reasoning "out/into"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Jun 22 11:49:50 UTC 2015

I encountered the following: "Jonathan Swift wrote, 'it is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he wasn't reasoned into.'

Maybe this is a rewording of his:

"...freethinkers...are not be reformed by arguments offered to prove the truth of the Christian religion, because Reasoning will never make a Man correct an ill Opinion, which by Reasoning he never acquired...."

A letter to a young gentleman, lately enter'd into holy orders. By a Person of Quality

Jonathan Swift


Stephen Goranson


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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