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Samuel Butler
To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.
Samuel Butler
#British Poet

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Then spare the rod and spoil the child.
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#Punishment

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Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness with others.
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#Idleness

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Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
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#British Poet #Art

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Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield. Nature's, not honour's, law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away, And by a prudent flight and cunning save a life, which valour could not, from
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#Courage

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If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.
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#Communication #British Poet

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Because they did not see merit where they should have seen it, people, to express their regret, will go and leave a lot of money to the very people who will be the first to throw stones at the next person who has anything to say and finds a difficult
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#Merit

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For most men, and most circumstances, pleasure /tangible material prosperity in this world /is the safest test of virtue. Progress has ever been through the pleasures rather than through the extreme sharp virtues, and the most virtuous have leaned to excess rather than to asceticism.
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#Circumstances

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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.
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#British Poet

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Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
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#Argument #Sarcasm

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It has beeen said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
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#Evil

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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.
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#Action #British Poet

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Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes
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#Innocence

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The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation
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#Health

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Young as he was, his instinct told him that the best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way - who husbands it too carefully to waste it where it can be dispensed with
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#Instinct

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A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers
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#Heaven

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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.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
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#Instinct

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Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
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#Argument

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The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust
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#People

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
#People #British Poet

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There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
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#British Poet #Absence

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.
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#British Poet #Advantage