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

A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage - but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.

    Topics: Friendship, Marriage

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


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.


Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

    Topics: Friendship

Our minds want clothes as much as our bodies.


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


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


Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.


A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.


Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.


Faith - you can do very little with it, but you can do nothing without it.


People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.


The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.


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


We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself.


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


Life is one long process of getting tired.


In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.


If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.


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


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