Quotes by Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler

English poet

Lived from: 1835 - 1902

Category: Writers (Contemporary) Country: FlagUnited Kingdom

Born: 4 december 1835 Died: 18 june 1902

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  • Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
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  • An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
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  • A lawyers dream of heaven; every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
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  • A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
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  • A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage - but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.
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  • A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
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  • A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
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  • All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
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  • All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
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  • An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case; God has written all the books.
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  • An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.
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  • An honest god's the noblest work of man.
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  • Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
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  • Because they did not see merit where they should have seen it, people, to express their regret, will go and leave a lot of money to the very people who will be the first to throw stones at the next person who has anything to say and finds a difficulty in getting a hearing.
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  • Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
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  • Birth and death are so closely related that one could not destroy either without destroying the other at the same time. It is extinction that makes creation possible.
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