Quotes by: Samuel Butler

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The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
Samuel Butler
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
Samuel Butler
Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.
Samuel Butler
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
Samuel Butler
Christ: I dislike him very much. Still, I can stand him. What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people whose profession is to hoodwink us about him.
Samuel Butler
Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.
Samuel Butler
The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
Samuel Butler
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Samuel Butler
A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
Samuel Butler
From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
Samuel Butler
Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping. A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine.
Samuel Butler
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.
Samuel Butler
Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.
Samuel Butler
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.
Samuel Butler
We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself.
Samuel Butler
We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
Samuel Butler
Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?
Samuel Butler
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