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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 22 16:03:16 UTC 2015

That citation looks great, Stephen. I was asked about this family of
sayings and located pertinent citations from Fisher Ames and Lyman
Beecher together with linkages to Jonathan Swift, Sydney Smith, and
others. But the citations I found for Swift were too late to provide
substantive evidence.


On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 7:49 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
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> I encountered the following: "Jonathan Swift wrote, 'it is useless to attem=
> pt 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 tr=
> uth of the Christian religion, because Reasoning will never make a Man corr=
> ect 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
> 1721
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