Quotes by: Samuel Butler

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A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage - but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.
Samuel Butler
When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once.
Samuel Butler
Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.
Samuel Butler
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.
Samuel Butler
The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Samuel Butler
Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.
Samuel Butler
We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
Samuel Butler
The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.
Samuel Butler
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler
Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers.
Samuel Butler
In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.
Samuel Butler
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.
Samuel Butler
The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
Samuel Butler
A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
Samuel Butler
People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
Samuel Butler
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