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Samuel Butler Quotes


56 Samuel Butler quotes:



"For most men, and most circumstances, pleasure /tangible material prosperity in this world /is the safest test of virtue. Progress has ever been through the pleasures rather than through the extreme sharp virtues, and the most virtuous have leaned to excess rather than to asceticism."
"A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Culture Quotes British Poet Quotes
"Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Compromise Quotes British Poet Quotes
"You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Faith Quotes British Poet Quotes
"A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Knowledge Quotes British Poet Quotes
"Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield. Nature's, not honour's, law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away, And by a prudent flight and cunning save a life, which valour could not, from"
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Courage Quotes
"Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Experience Quotes British Poet Quotes
"Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps in its way."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Duty Quotes
"Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Food Quotes
"It has beeen said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Evil Quotes
"Eating is touch carried to the bitter end."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Food Quotes
"Young as he was, his instinct told him that the best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way - who husbands it too carefully to waste it where it can be dispensed with"
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Instinct Quotes
"Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Instinct Quotes
"The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation"
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Health Quotes
"Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both"
"Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers"
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Morality Quotes
"In law, nothing is certain but the expense."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Legal Quotes British Poet Quotes
"The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Opinions Quotes
"There are two great rules of life; the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Rules Quotes
"For every why he had a wherefore."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Questions Quotes



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