Samuel Butler Quotes


56 Samuel Butler quotes:



"People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: People Quotes British Poet Quotes
"Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Lies And Lying Quotes British Poet Quotes
"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
"Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Future 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
"If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Communication 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
"Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Conscience Quotes
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Animals Quotes British Poet Quotes
"Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat"
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Animals Quotes
"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Animals Quotes British Poet Quotes
"The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Arrogance 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 genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Genius Quotes
"Such as take lodgings in a head that's to be let unfurnished."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Ideas 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
"Eating is touch carried to the bitter end."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Food 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



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