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SAMUEL BUTLER QUOTES II

The most perfect humour and irony is generally quite unconscious.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Life and Habit

The history of art is the history of revivals.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books

Very useless things we neglect, till they become old and useless enough to be put in Museums: and so very important things we study till, when they become important enough, we ignore them -- and rightly.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

Life is one long process of getting tired.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books

God is Love, I dare say. But what a mischievous devil Love is.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books

Many, if not most, good ideas die young -- mainly from neglect on the part of the parents, but sometimes from over-fondness. Once well started, an opinion had better be left to shift for itself.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

An honest God's the noblest work of man.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Further Extracts from the Note Books

An apology for the Devil: It must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case. God has written all the books.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books

Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Note books

Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books

Entertaining angels unawares: It is always we who are to entertain the angels, and never they us. I cannot, however, think that an angel would be a very entertaining person, either as guest or host.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

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, Note Books

'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have lost at all.

SAMUEL BUTLER, The Way of All Flesh

Theist and Atheist: The fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.

SAMUEL BUTLER, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler

He who would propagate an opinion must begin by making sure of his ground and holding it firmly. There is as little use in trying to breed from weak opinion as from other weak stock.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

Logic is like the sword--those who appeal to it shall perish by it.

SAMUEL BUTLER, The Notebooks of Samuel Butler

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, Samuel Butler's Notebooks

Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

It is tact that is golden, not silence.

SAMUEL BUTLER, The Notebooks of Samuel Butler

An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him; for when he is once possessed with an error, it is, like a devil, only cast out with great difficulty.

SAMUEL BUTLER, "The Obstinate Man", Characters and Passages from Note-books

The more unpopular an opinion is, the more necessary is it that the holder should be somewhat punctilious in his observance of conventionalities generally, and that, if possible, he should get the reputation of being well-to-do in the world.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Notebooks

God's merits are so transcendent that it is not surprising his faults should be in reasonable proportion.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Note-Books


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