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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
QUOTATION: And, he gave it for his Opinion; that whoever could make two Ears of Corn, or two Blades of Grass to grow upon a Spot of Ground where only one grew before; would deserve better of Mankind, and do more essential Service to his Country, than the whole Race of Politicians put together.
ATTRIBUTION: JONATHAN SWIFT, “A Voyage to Brobdingnag,” Gulliver’s Travels, part 2, pp. 119–20, in The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis, vol. 11 (1941).
SUBJECTS: Agriculture