Saw this quote on Facebook:
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. - Jonathan Swift
Heartily approve of the sentiment; applying it is the hard part. Anyway, I was struck by a completely inexplicable desire to check the attribution. Googling yielded indeterminate results: some quote it as Swift’s while others credit Alexander Pope. As far as I can tell, it originates in Miscellanies, Volume II, coauthored by Swift, Pope, and a Dr. Arbuthnot, which explains the disagreement.
The table of contents appears to divide the segments by author; it’s not unambiguous, but seems to suggest Pope as the true author.
Page 255 has more wisdom to offer (at least, this is wise in some cases):
But I think it’s most fitting to leave you with this timeless gem:
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