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

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.


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.


Christ: I dislike him very much. Still, I can stand him. What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people whose profession is to hoodwink us about him.


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.


Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.


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.


The history of art is the history of revivals.


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


The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.


There is no true gracefulness which is not epitomized goodness.


For truth is precious and divine, too rich a pearl for carnal swine.


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


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


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

    Topics: Life

And so there is no God but has been in the loins of past gods.


The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.


Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.


Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers.


There is such a thing as doing good that evil may come.


Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.


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