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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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In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
- 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

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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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christ was only crucified once and for a few hours.
Think of the hundreds of thousands whom Christ has
been crucifying in a quiet way ever since.
- Samuel Butler

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

All truth is not to be told at all times.
- 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

The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense,
which is shared by all that is.
- Samuel Butler

If the headache would only precede the intoxication,
alcoholism would be a virtue.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

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

Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be,
but, like our neighbours, we have got to live with
them and must make the best and not the worst of them.
- 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

Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
- Samuel Butler

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

Man is God's highest present development.
He is the latest thing in God.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce
on the grounds of cruelty,
adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you follow reason far enough it always leads to
conclusions that are contrary to reason.
- Samuel Butler

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

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


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