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

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

Related topics: Friendship Relationship

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God as now generally conceived of is only the last witch.
- Samuel Butler

You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
- Samuel Butler

I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek;
they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.
- 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

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

The history of the world is the record of the weakness,
frailty and death of public opinion.
- Samuel Butler

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

Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.
- Samuel Butler

The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible
reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

A drunkard would not give money to sober people.
He said they would only eat it, and buy clothes and
send their children to school with it.
- Samuel Butler

There are more fools than knaves in the world,
else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
- Samuel Butler

He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most.
God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.
- Samuel Butler

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

Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers.
- 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

Be virtuous and you will be vicious.
- Samuel Butler

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

To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.
- Samuel Butler

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.
- Samuel Butler

Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
- Samuel Butler

Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.
- Samuel Butler

What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be,
I bet that my Redeemer liveth.
- Samuel Butler

Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought
by prayer than this world dreams of,
but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.
- Samuel Butler

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

When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy,
the only decent thing to do is die at once.
- Samuel Butler

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

There is such a thing as doing good that evil may come.
- Samuel Butler

Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.
- Samuel Butler

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

For truth is precious and divine, too rich a pearl for carnal swine.
- Samuel Butler

If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear.
Sensible people will wait till he has done this before
paying much attention to him.
- Samuel Butler

Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be;
and a University training is the one best adapted to
prevent their becoming so.
- Samuel Butler

Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel
and complete a character.
- Samuel Butler

Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty,
bodily or mental.
- 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

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

To live is like to love - all reason is against it,
and all healthy instinct for it.
- Samuel Butler

The seven deadly sins: Want of money,
bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties,
knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.
- Samuel Butler

Brigands demand your money or your life;
women require both.
- Samuel Butler

It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious
actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives
of those who spring from us.
- Samuel Butler

The sinews of art and literature, like those of war,
are money.
- Samuel Butler

And so there is no God but has been in the loins of past gods.
- Samuel Butler

Opinions have vested interests just as men have.
- Samuel Butler

Those who have never had a father can at any rate never
know the sweets of losing one.
To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.
- Samuel Butler

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly
have seeds of good in them and require moderate use
rather than total abstinence.
- Samuel Butler

The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else,
its most interesting period.
When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger,
but we care less about it.
- Samuel Butler

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

The dead should be judged like criminals,
impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
- Samuel Butler

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

I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
- Samuel Butler


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