Quotes by: Samuel Butler

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Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
Samuel Butler
It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.
Samuel Butler
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
Samuel Butler
I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.
Samuel Butler
A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.
Samuel Butler
The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion.
Samuel Butler
Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. I you look at it to admire it, you are lost.
Samuel Butler
It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
Samuel Butler
No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.
Samuel Butler
People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.
Samuel Butler
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
Samuel Butler
To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
Samuel Butler
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