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

People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.


Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty, bodily or mental.


Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.


God as now generally conceived of is only the last witch.


When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.


There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.


Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.

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Be virtuous and you will be vicious.


Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.


People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.


Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.


If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.


A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.


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.


The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.


Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.


Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.


Look before you leap for as you sow, ye are like to reap.


The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.


Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.


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