263 Total Quotes

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Samuel Butler
Be virtuous and you will be vicious.
Samuel Butler
#British Poet

Samuel Butler
I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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#British Poet

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.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
Look before you leap for as you sow, ye are like to reap.
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#British Poet

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Opinions have vested interests just as men have.
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#British Poet

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.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon.
Samuel Butler
#Loyalty

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The money men make lives after them.
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#Money

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Compound for sins they are inclined to by damning those they have no mind to.
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#Moralists

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In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
Samuel Butler
#British Poet

Samuel Butler
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
Our ideas are for the most part like bad sixpences, and we spend our lives trying to pass them on one another.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.
Samuel Butler
#Opinions

Samuel Butler
People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
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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#Pleasure

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The world will only, in the end, follow those who have despised as well as served it.
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#Public Opinion

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For every why he had a wherefore.
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#Questions

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I believe that he was really sorry that people would not believe he was sorry that he was not more sorry.
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#Regret

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There are two great rules of life; the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule.
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#Rules

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Science, after all, is only an expression for our ignorance of our own ignorance.
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#Science And Scientists

Samuel Butler
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
Samuel Butler
#British Poet

Samuel Butler
It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence.
Samuel Butler
#Tact And Tactfulness

Samuel Butler
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
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#British Poet

Samuel Butler
There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth.
Samuel Butler
#British Poet

Samuel Butler
A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.
Samuel Butler
#Understanding

Samuel Butler
The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
Samuel Butler
#British Poet