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

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


In law, nothing is certain but the expense.


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


It is tact that is golden, not silence.


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


Self-preservation is the first law of nature.


The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money.


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


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


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


The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion.


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


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

    Topics: Animal

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.


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


All truth is not to be told at all times.


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


Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.

    Topics: Life

There is no bore like a clever bore.


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.


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