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250 Inspirational Wisdom Quotes of Samuel Butler

250 Inspirational Wisdom Quotes of Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler was the iconoclastic English author of the Utopian satirical novel Erewhon and the semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman The Way of All Flesh, published posthumously in 1903. Both have remained in print ever since. Wikipedia
Born: December 4, 1835, Langar, United Kingdom
Died: June 18, 1902, London, United Kingdom
Nationality: English, British

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Inspirational Quotes of Samuel Butler :

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

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

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

  4. People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy. – Samuel Butler

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. When you’ve told someone that you’ve left them a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once. – Samuel Butler

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

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

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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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

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

  15. It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all. – Samuel Butler

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

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

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

  19. The history of art is the history of revivals. – Samuel Butler

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

  21. Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. – Samuel Butler

  22. All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it – and they do enjoy it as much as man and other circumstances will allow. – Samuel Butler

  23. 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

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

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

  26. 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

  27. 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

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

  29. 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

  30. Life is not an exact science, it is an art. – Samuel Butler

  31. 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

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

  33. The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds. – Samuel Butler

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

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

  36. 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

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

  38. 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

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

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

  41. The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. – Samuel Butler

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

  43. He that complies against his will, Is of his own opinion still. – Samuel Butler

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

  45. 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

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

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

  48. If I die prematurely I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success. – Samuel Butler

  49. Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers. – Samuel Butler

  50. A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg. – Samuel Butler

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

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

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

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

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

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

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

  60. 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

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

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

  63. 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

  64. It is tact that is golden, not silence. – Samuel Butler

  65. 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

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

  67. All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others. – Samuel Butler

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

  69. 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

  70. Oaths are but words, and words are but wind. – Samuel Butler

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

  72. Life is one long process of getting tired. – Samuel Butler

More Inspirational Quotes of Samuel Butler :

  1. 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

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

  3. A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget. – Samuel Butler

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

  5. If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence. – Samuel Butler

  6. No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction. – Samuel Butler

  7. 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

  8. Our minds want clothes as much as our bodies. – Samuel Butler

  9. Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order. – Samuel Butler

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

  11. Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity? – Samuel Butler

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

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

  14. Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes. – Samuel Butler

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

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

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

  18. Opinions have vested interests just as men have. – Samuel Butler

  19. 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

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

  21. 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

  22. Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them. – Samuel Butler

  23. Man is God’s highest present development. He is the latest thing in God. – Samuel Butler

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

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

  26. The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously. – Samuel Butler

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. Be virtuous and you will be vicious. – Samuel Butler

  30. Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime – Samuel Butler

  31. Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing. – Samuel Butler

  32. The dead being the majority, it is natural that we should have more friends among them than among the living. – Samuel Butler

  33. To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious. – Samuel Butler

  34. Through perils both of wind and limb, Through thick and thin she followed him – Samuel Butler

  35. To himself every one is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead. – Samuel Butler

  36. To me it seems that youth is like spring, an over-praised season delightful if it happens to be a favored one, but in practice very rarely favored and more remarkable, as a general rule, for biting east winds than genial breezes – Samuel Butler

  37. To swallow gudgeons ere they’re catched, And count their chickens ere they’re hatched – Samuel Butler

  38. Besides ’tis known he could speak Greek, As naturally as pigs squeak – Samuel Butler

  39. Everyone should keep a mental wastepaper basket, and the older he grows, the more things will he promptly consign to it. – Samuel Butler

  40. 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

  41. Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him. – Samuel Butler

  42. Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it. – Samuel Butler

  43. Compound for sins they are inclined to by damning those they have no mind to. – Samuel Butler

  44. The world will only, in the end, follow those who have despised as well as served it. – Samuel Butler

  45. The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much about not being a thief any more. Thieving is God’s message to him. Let him try and be a good thief. – Samuel Butler

  46. Science, after all, is only an expression for our ignorance of our own ignorance. – Samuel Butler

  47. Quoth Hudibras, I smell a rat; Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate – Samuel Butler

  48. Quoth Hudibras, Friend Ralph, thou hast Outrun the constable at last – Samuel Butler

  49. Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal. – Samuel Butler

  50. The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them. – Samuel Butler

  51. Stowed away in a Montreal lumber room / The Discobolus standeth and turneth his face to the wall; / Dusty, cobweb-covered, maimed and set at naught, / Beauty crieth in an attic and no man regardeth: / O God! O Montreal! – Samuel Butler

  52. An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed. – Samuel Butler

  53. That vice pays homage to virtue is notorious; we call it hypocrisy – Samuel Butler

  54. A lawyer’s dream of Heaven: Every man reclaimed his own property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers. – Samuel Butler

  55. Young as he was, his instinct told him that the best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way – who husbands it too carefully to waste it where it can be dispensed with – Samuel Butler

  56. A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide. – Samuel Butler

  57. Then spare the rod and spoil the child. – Samuel Butler

  58. Eating is touch carried to the bitter end. – Samuel Butler

  59. Still amorous, and fond, and billing, / Like Philip and Mary on a shilling. – Samuel Butler

  60. I’ve known him for a long time, … He’s always been a man of integrity, always been a man of the community and the needs of the community, and the black community is going to stand behind him. – Samuel Butler

  61. Nothing is well done nor worth doing unless, take it all round, it has come pretty easily – Samuel Butler

  62. In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved. – Samuel Butler

  63. I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better. – Samuel Butler

  64. I’ll make the fur / Fly round the ears of the old cur. – Samuel Butler

  65. It has been said that though God cannot alter the past, historians can; it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence – Samuel Butler

  66. Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps in its way. – Samuel Butler

  67. Happiness and misery depend not on how high up or low down you are – they depend not upon these, but on the direction in which you are tending – Samuel Butler

  68. A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind. – Samuel Butler

  69. And like a lobster boiled, the morn From black to red began to turn – Samuel Butler

  70. The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday. – Samuel Butler

  71. All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it. – Samuel Butler

  72. It is not sufficiently considered in the hour of exultation, that all human excellence is comparative; that no man performs much but in proportion to what other accomplish, or to the time and opportunities which have been allowed him. – Samuel Butler

More Inspirational Quotes of Samuel Butler :

  1. Memory and forgetfulness are as life and death to one another. To live is to remember and to remember is to live. To die is to forget and to forget is to die. – Samuel Butler

  2. In practice it is seldom very hard to do one’s duty when one knows what it is, but it is sometimes extremely difficult to find this out. – Samuel Butler

  3. Spare the rod and spoil the child. – Samuel Butler

  4. Neither have they hearts to stay, nor wit enough to run away. – Samuel Butler

  5. I fall asleep in the full and certain hope That my slumber shall not be broken; And that, though I be all-forgetting, Yet shall I not be all-forgotten, But continue that life in the thoughts and deeds of those I have loved. – Samuel Butler

  6. The public do not know enough to be experts, but know enough to decide between them. – Samuel Butler

  7. The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered. – Samuel Butler

  8. A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words. – Samuel Butler

  9. They say the test of [literary power] is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, “Can he name a kitten?” And by this test I am condemned, for I cannot. – Samuel Butler

  10. We all love best not those who offend us least, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them. – Samuel Butler

  11. Men of Science. If they are worthy of the name they are indeed about God’s path and about his bed and spying out all his ways. – Samuel Butler

  12. It is death, and not what comes after death, that men are generally afraid of. – Samuel Butler

  13. Brigands will demand your money or your life, but a woman will demand both – Samuel Butler

  14. I believe that he was really sorry that people would not believe he was sorry that he was not more sorry. – Samuel Butler

  15. Business should be like religion and science; it should know neither love nor hate. – Samuel Butler

  16. When people talk of atoms obeying fixed laws, they are either ascribing some kind of intelligence and free will to atoms or they are talking nonsense. There is no obedience unless there is at any rate a potentiality of disobeying. – Samuel Butler

  17. This world is like Noah’s Ark. In which few men but many beasts embark. – Samuel Butler

  18. Prayers are to men as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them very seriously. – Samuel Butler

  19. Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him. – Samuel Butler

  20. I am the enfant terrible of literature and science. If I cannot, and I know I cannot, get the literary and scientific bigwigs to give me a shilling, I can, and I know I can, heave bricks into the middle of them. – Samuel Butler

  21. Friends are like money, easier made than kept. – Samuel Butler

  22. Flying. Whatever any other organism has been able to do man should surely be able to do also, though he may go a different way about it. – Samuel Butler

  23. Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; as true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon. – Samuel Butler

  24. There is a photographer in every bush, going about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. – Samuel Butler

  25. He is greatest who is most often in men’s good thoughts. – Samuel Butler

  26. To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead. – Samuel Butler

  27. If a man knows not life which he hath seen, how shall he know death, which he hath not seen? – Samuel Butler

  28. History is a bucket of ashes. – Samuel Butler

  29. The human intellect owes its superiority over that of the lower animals in great measure to the stimulus which alcohol has given imagination. – Samuel Butler

  30. There should be asylums for habitual teetotalers, but they would probably relapse into teetotalism as soon as they got out. – Samuel Butler

  31. Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. – Samuel Butler

  32. Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. – Samuel Butler

  33. The wish to spread those opinions that we hold conducive to our own welfare is so deeply rooted in the English character that few of us can escape its influence. – Samuel Butler

  34. The course of true anything never does run smooth. – Samuel Butler

  35. When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented. – Samuel Butler

  36. Our own death is a premium which we must pay for the far greater benefit we have derived from the fact that so many people have not only lived but also died before us. – Samuel Butler

  37. He dons are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anything. – Samuel Butler

  38. The foundations which we would dig about and find are within us, like the kingdom of heaven, rather than without. – Samuel Butler

  39. A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning the main aim of his life. – Samuel Butler

  40. The extremes of vice and virtue are alike detestable, and absolute virtue is as sure to kill a man as absolute vice is. – Samuel Butler

  41. Whatsoever we perpetrate, we do but row; we are steered by fate. – Samuel Butler

  42. There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth. – Samuel Butler

  43. Whereas, to borrow an illustration from mathematics, life was formerly an equation of, say, 100 unknown quantities, it is now one of 99 only, inasmuch as memory and heredity have been shown to be one and the same thing. – Samuel Butler

  44. How often do we not see children ruined through the virtues, real or supposed, of their parents? – Samuel Butler

  45. An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him; for when he is once possessed with an error, it is, like a devil, only cast out with great difficulty. – Samuel Butler

  46. The only absolute morality is absolute stagnation. – Samuel Butler

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

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

More Inspirational Quotes of Samuel Butler :

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

  2. Death is only a larger kind of going abroad. – Samuel Butler

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

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

  11. The want of money is the root of all evil. – Samuel Butler

  12. There is no bore like a clever bore. – Samuel Butler

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

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

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

  16. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy. – Samuel Butler

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

  18. 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

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

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

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

  22. The only living works are those which have drained much of the author’s own life into them. – Samuel Butler

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance. – Samuel Butler

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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them. – Samuel Butler

  30. To know God better is only to realize how impossible it is that we should ever know him at all. I know not which is more childish to deny him, or define him. – Samuel Butler

  31. 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

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

  33. 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

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

  35. From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so great as that of being always right. – Samuel Butler

  36. Faith – you can do very little with it, but you can do nothing without it. – Samuel Butler

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

  38. I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable. – Samuel Butler

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

  40. 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

  41. In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation. – Samuel Butler

  42. A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war. – Samuel Butler

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

  44. 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

  45. Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing. – Samuel Butler

  46. The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them. – Samuel Butler

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

  48. Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty, bodily or mental. – Samuel Butler

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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. What makes all doctrines plain and clear?/ About two hundred pounds a year. – Samuel Butler

  53. Union may be strength, but it is mere blind brute strength unless wisely directed. – Samuel Butler

  54. Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness with others. – Samuel Butler

  55. There is but one step from the Academy to the Fad. – Samuel Butler

  56. Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon. – Samuel Butler

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