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

Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.


If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.


It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.


It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.


It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.


Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.


It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper.


God was satisfied with his own work, and that is fatal.


You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.


The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it.


Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.


Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.


All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.


One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.


A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.


The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.


To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.


The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.


The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.


Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it, shall perish by it.


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