Something else I discovered today: by Jonathan Swift (1699) – (he who wrote Gulliver’s Travels): when he was old he resolved
- Marry a young Woman.
- Keep young Company unless they really desire it.
- Be peevish or morose, or suspicious.
- Scorn present Ways, or Wits, or Fashions, or Men, or War, etc.
- Be fond of Children, or let them come near me hardly.
- Tell the same Story over and over to the same People.
- Be covetous.
- Neglect decency, or cleanliness, for fear of falling into Nastiness.
- Be over severe with young People, but give Allowances for their youthfull follies, and Weaknesses.
- Be influenced by, or give ear to knavish tattling Servants, or others.
- Be too free of advise nor trouble any but those that desire it.
- Desire some good Friends to inform me which of these Resolutions I break, or neglect, & wherein; and reform accordingly.
- Talk much, nor of my self.
- Boast of my former beauty, or strength, or favour with Ladies, etc.
- Hearken to Flatteries, nor conceive I can be beloved by a young woman.
- Be positive or opinionated.
- Sett up for observing all these Rules, for fear I should observe none.”
Human nature doesn’t seem to change much!