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Samuel Butler
December 4, 1835 - June 18, 1902
Nationality: British
Category: Poet
Subcategory: British Poet

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation.


My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms, and to keep other people's books out of mine.


When you've told someone that you've left them a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once.


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


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.


Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.


God cannot alter the past, though historians can.


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


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


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