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Joseph Butler Quotes and Sayings

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As this world was not intended to be a state of any
great satisfaction or high enjoyment,
so neither was it intended to be a mere scene of unhappiness and sorrow.
- Joseph Butler

Remember likewise there are persons who love fewer words,
an inoffensive sort of people, and who deserve some regard,
though of too still and composed tempers for you.
- Joseph Butler

The Epistles in the New Testament have all of them
a particular reference to the condition and usages
of the Christian world at the time they were written.
- Joseph Butler

Consequently it will often happen there will be a desire of particular objects,
in cases where they cannot be obtained without manifest injury to others.
- Joseph Butler

 

Every man hath a general desire of his own happiness;
and likewise a variety of particular affections,
passions, and appetites to particular external objects.
- Joseph Butler

Happiness does not consist in self-love.
- Joseph Butler

Thus self-love as one part of human nature,
and the several particular principles as the other part,
are, themselves, their objects and ends,
stated and shown.
- Joseph Butler

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Happiness or satisfaction consists only in the enjoyment
of those objects which are by nature suited to our
several particular appetites,
passions, and affections.
- Joseph Butler

Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance:
compassion puts us in mind of the debt,
and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed.
- Joseph Butler

But to us, probability is the very guide of life.
- Joseph Butler

There is a much more exact correspondence between the
natural and moral world than we are apt to take notice of.
- Joseph Butler

For as we have many members in one body,
and all members have not the same office:
so we,
being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
- Joseph Butler

Man may act according to that principle or inclination
which for the present happens to be strongest,
and yet act in a way disproportionate to,
and violate his real proper nature.
- Joseph Butler

Love of our neighbour, then, has just the same respect to,
is no more distant from, self-love, than hatred of our neighbour,
or than love or hatred of anything else.
- Joseph Butler

People might love themselves with the most entire and unbounded affection,
and yet be extremely miserable.
- Joseph Butler

Every man is to be considered in two capacities,
the private and public; as designed to pursue his own interest,
and likewise to contribute to the good of others.
- Joseph Butler

Compassion is a call, a demand of nature,
to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.
- Joseph Butler

The tongue may be employed about, and made to serve
all the purposes of vice,
in tempting and deceiving, in perjury and injustice.
- Joseph Butler

The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery.
- Joseph Butler

Things and actions are what they are,
and the consequences of them will be what they will be:
why then should we desire to be deceived?
- Joseph Butler

Thus there is no doubt the eye was intended for us to see with.
- Joseph Butler

However, without considering this connection,
there is no doubt but that more good than evil,
more delight than sorrow, arises from compassion itself;
there being so many things which balance the sorrow of it.
- Joseph Butler

Every one of our passions and affections hath its natural stint and bound,
which may easily be exceeded; whereas our enjoyments
can possibly be but in a determinate measure and degree.
- Joseph Butler

The private interest of the individual would not be
sufficiently provided for by reasonable and cool self-love alone;
therefore the appetites and passions are placed within
as a guard and further security,
without which it would not be taken due care of.
- Joseph Butler

The sum of the whole is plainly this:
The nature of man considered in his single capacity,
and with respect only to the present world,
is adapted and leads him to attain the greatest happiness
he can for himself in the present world.
- Joseph Butler

The principle we call self-love never seeks anything
external for the sake of the thing,
but only as a means of happiness or good:
particular affections rest in the external things themselves.
- Joseph Butler

This was the man, this Balaam, I say,
was the man, who desired to die the death of the righteous,
and that his last end might be like his;
and this was the state of his mind when he pronounced these words.
- Joseph Butler

Self-love then does not constitute THIS or THAT to be our interest or good;
but,
our interest or good being constituted by nature and supposed,
self-love only puts us upon obtaining and securing it.
- Joseph Butler

God Almighty is, to be sure, unmoved by passion or appetite,
unchanged by affection; but then it is to be added
that He neither sees nor hears nor perceives things by any senses like ours;
but in a manner infinitely more perfect.
- Joseph Butler

Both our senses and our passions are a supply to the
imperfection of our nature;
thus they show that we are such sort of creatures as
to stand in need of those helps which higher orders of creatures do not.
- Joseph Butler

The object of self-love is expressed in the term self;
and every appetite of sense,
and every particular affection of the heart,
are equally interested or disinterested,
because the objects of them all are equally self or somewhat else.
- Joseph Butler

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller PHOTO

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous PHOTO

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A Single Generosity Enlarges the World.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cleansing fire of Spirit
consumes the troubles of this world.
Feed your concerns to the fire.
Breathe deeply and rejoice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the master calls a butterfly.
- Richard Bach

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are a magnificent gift to the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely.
It is absolutely touch and go.
Each one of us could make the difference.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is easier to put on slippers
than to carpet the entire world
- Al Franken

We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

My Peace is Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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