Quotes by: Samuel Butler

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One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.
Samuel Butler
They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
Samuel Butler
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.
Samuel Butler
Young people have a marvelous faculty of either dying or adapting themselves to circumstances.
Samuel Butler
It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper.
Samuel Butler
Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure.
Samuel Butler
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation.
Samuel Butler
There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
Samuel Butler
Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.
Samuel Butler
If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.
Samuel Butler
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
Samuel Butler
Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty, bodily or mental.
Samuel Butler
If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
Samuel Butler
My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms, and to keep other people's books out of mine.
Samuel Butler
A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
Samuel Butler
It is seldom very hard to do one's duty when one knows what it is, but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out.
Samuel Butler
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