Samuel Butler Quotes

56 Samuel Butler quotes:

"A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers"
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"For every why he had a wherefore."
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"Then spare the rod and spoil the child."
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"I believe that he was really sorry that people would not believe he was sorry that he was not more sorry."
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"Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal."
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"Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can be gotten without it."
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"A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide."
"Compound for sins they are inclined to by damning those they have no mind to."
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"Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers"
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"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."
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"Science, after all, is only an expression for our ignorance of our own ignorance."
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"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."
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"Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him."
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"Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both"
"In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved."
"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."
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