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

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.


The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.


It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.


Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.


Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.


There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.


When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once.


People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.


Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.


If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.


Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.


Life is not an exact science, it is an art.


If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.


I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.


An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.


The want of money is the root of all evil.


Opinions have vested interests just as men have.


Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.


The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.


I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.


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