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Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning
by Samuel Butler

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

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

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

The history of art is the history of revivals.
- 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

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

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

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

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

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
- 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

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

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

Life is one long process of getting tired.
- 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

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 great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a
fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you,
but he will make a fool of himself too.
- Samuel Butler

Women can stand a beating except when it is with their own weapons.
- 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

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
- Samuel Butler

There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole
truth and nothing but the truth.
- Samuel Butler

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
- Samuel Butler

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,
but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.
- Samuel Butler

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

Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise,
and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow
for an inevitable fall in playing.
- Samuel Butler

My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms,
and to keep other people's books out of mine.
- Samuel Butler

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

Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.
- 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

The dons of Oxford and Cambridge are too busy educating
the young men to be able to teach them anything.
- 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

The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is
that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
- 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

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

It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who
scores most in controversy -
but he who has shown the better temper.
- 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

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

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
- 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

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

We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper,
by the manner which is the man himself.
- 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

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
- 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

An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that
we have heard one side of the case.
God has written all the books.
- 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 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

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

Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it,
shall perish by it.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.
- Samuel Butler

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

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.
- 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

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

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

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

It is a wise tune that knows its own father,
and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

Our ideas are for the most part like bad sixpences,
and we spend our lives trying to pass them on one another.
- Samuel Butler

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

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much
and so little as his own death.
- Samuel Butler

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


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