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Samuel Butler Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
- 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

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

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

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

The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of
lying go the longest way.
- Samuel Butler

Let every man be true and every god a liar.
- 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 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

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

The only living works are those which have drained
much of the author's own life into them.
- 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

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

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

There is no bore like a clever bore.
- Samuel Butler

Life is one long process of getting tired.
- Samuel Butler

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
- Samuel Butler

God and the Devil are an effort after specialization
and the division of labor.
- Samuel Butler

A man should be just cultured enough to be able to
look with suspicion upon culture at first,
not second hand.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
- 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 sinews of art and literature, like those of war,
are money.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

If life must not be taken too seriously,
then so neither must death.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our minds want clothes as much as our bodies.
- 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

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

Be virtuous and you will be vicious.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

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

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

People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely,
but according to the ratio between what they get and
what they have been led to expect.
- Samuel Butler

The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

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

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


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