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Samuel Butler Quotes

Samuel Butler
When you've told someone that you've left them a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
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Samuel Butler
They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
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#British Poet #Literary

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The history of art is the history of revivals
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#Art

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All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
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#British Poet #Animals

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Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat
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#Animals

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The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
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#British Poet #Animals

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One who is proud of ancestry is like a turnip; there is nothing good of him but that which is underground
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#Ancestry

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Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.
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Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself
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#Architecture

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The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.
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#Arrogance

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Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.
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#British Poet #Future

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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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#Literature

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People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.
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#People #British Poet

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The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
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If Bach wriggles, Wagner writhes
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#Bach

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It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy -- but he who has shown the better temper.
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#Controversy

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If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason
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#Conclusions

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Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.
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#Company

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The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.
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It has been said that though God cannot alter the past, historians can; it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence
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#God

Samuel Butler
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
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#God #British Poet

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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.
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#British Poet #Compromise

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The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday.
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#Preachers And Preaching