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Christ: I dislike him very much.
by Samuel Butler

Christ: I dislike him very much.
Still, I can stand him.
What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people
whose profession is to hoodwink us about him.
- Samuel Butler

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
- Samuel Butler

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning
the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler

 

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
- Samuel Butler

In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
- Samuel Butler

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
- Samuel Butler

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A physician's physiology has much the same relation
to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has
to his power of influencing conduct.
- Samuel Butler

The most important service rendered
by the press and the magazines
is that of educating people
to approach printed matter with distrust.
- Samuel Butler

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.
- Samuel Butler

A man's friendships are, like his will,
invalidated by marriage -
but they are also no less invalidated
by the marriage of his friends.
- Samuel Butler

To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die,
but he can never know that he is dead.
- Samuel Butler

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly
terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
- Samuel Butler

The history of art is the history of revivals.
- Samuel Butler

Don't learn to do, but learn in doing.
Let your falls not be on a prepared ground,
but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
- Samuel Butler

From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so
great as that of being always right.
- Samuel Butler

The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if
it had been called The Old Sailor.
- Samuel Butler

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire
on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler

When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing,
it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will
tell a hundred years hence.
- Samuel Butler

It is tact that is golden, not silence.
- Samuel Butler

A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold,
be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
- Samuel Butler

Most people have never learned that one of the main
aims in life is to enjoy it.
- Samuel Butler

Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping.
A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine.
- Samuel Butler

Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to
whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.
- Samuel Butler

Oaths are but words, and words are but wind.
- Samuel Butler

Young people have a marvelous faculty of either dying
or adapting themselves to circumstances.
- Samuel Butler

The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative.
Few radicals have good digestions.
- Samuel Butler

Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it.
We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his
superiority whenever we lie to him.
- Samuel Butler

We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
- Samuel Butler

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil.
The want of money is so quite as truly.
- Samuel Butler

Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap,
soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
- Samuel Butler

Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.
- Samuel Butler

People care more about being thought to have taste
than about being thought either good,
clever or amiable.
- Samuel Butler

Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like.
Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
- Samuel Butler

Look before you leap for as you sow,
ye are like to reap.
- Samuel Butler

Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it.
The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy,
etc., and the less we think about it the better.
- Samuel Butler

A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his
property at the resurrection,
and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
- Samuel Butler

Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.
- Samuel Butler

There is nothing so unthinkable as thought,
unless it be the entire absence of thought.
- Samuel Butler

A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own
absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins,
or nearly all, save those worth committing.
- Samuel Butler

Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.
- Samuel Butler

The want of money is the root of all evil.
- Samuel Butler

All philosophies, if you ride them home,
are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
- Samuel Butler

God was satisfied with his own work,
and that is fatal.
- Samuel Butler

In the midst of vice we are in virtue,
and vice versa.
- Samuel Butler

To know God better is only to realize how impossible
it is that we should ever know him at all.
I know not which is more childish to deny him,
or define him.
- Samuel Butler

The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money,
the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation.
- Samuel Butler

The three most important things a man has are,
briefly, his private parts, his money,
and his religious opinions.
- Samuel Butler

Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
- Samuel Butler

People in general are equally horrified at hearing
the Christian religion doubted,
and at seeing it practiced.
- Samuel Butler

Every man's work, whether it be literature,
or music or pictures or architecture or anything else,
is always a portrait of himself.
- Samuel Butler

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
- Samuel Butler

Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy.
I you look at it to admire it, you are lost.
- Samuel Butler

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
- Samuel Butler

Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.
Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.
- Samuel Butler

To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy,
the true empire of beauty.
- Samuel Butler

One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten,
and to leave off fighting at once.
- Samuel Butler

Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
- Samuel Butler

People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
- Samuel Butler

Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in
continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure.
- Samuel Butler

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man
of some sense to know how to lie well.
- Samuel Butler

Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least
misleading thing we have.
- Samuel Butler

It is seldom very hard to do one's duty when one knows what it is,
but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out.
- Samuel Butler

Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.
- Samuel Butler

Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes
them down from a shelf and frees them.
- Samuel Butler

Our minds want clothes as much as our bodies.
- Samuel Butler

He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
- Samuel Butler

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do,
we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
- Samuel Butler

There is no true gracefulness which is not epitomized goodness.
- Samuel Butler

They say the test of literary power is whether a man
can write an inscription.
I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
- Samuel Butler

In old times people used to try and square the circle;
now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.
- Samuel Butler


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