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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.
- Samuel Butler | Animals Quotes
I keep my books at the British Museum and at Mudies.
- Samuel Butler | Books and Reading Quotes
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
- Samuel Butler | Books and Reading Quotes
Books should be tried by a judge and jury as though they were crimes.
- Samuel Butler | Books and Reading Quotes
I can generally bear the separation, but I don't like the leave-taking.
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practised.
Conscience is thoroughly well-bred, and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
- Samuel Butler | Conscience Quotes
Neither have they hearts to stay, Nor wit enough to run away.
- Samuel Butler | Courage and Bravery Quotes
The test of a good critic is whether he knows when and how to believe on insufficient evidence.
When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
- Samuel Butler | Death and Dying Quotes
If life must not be taken too seriously - then so neither must death.
- Samuel Butler | Death and Dying Quotes
Life is like playing a violin solo in public, and learning the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler | Experience Quotes
Whatso'er we perpetrate We do but row, we are steered by fate.
- Samuel Butler | Fate and Destiny Quotes
It does not matter much what a man hates, provided he hates something.
- Samuel Butler | Hatred Quotes
An apology for the Devil - it must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
- Samuel Butler | Hell and the Devil Quotes
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
- Samuel Butler | Heredity Quotes
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.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
- Samuel Butler | Hypocrisy Quotes
The public do not know enough to be experts, yet know enough to decide between them.
- Samuel Butler | Knowledge Quotes
A lawyer's dream of heaven - every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
- Samuel Butler | Law and Lawyers Quotes
We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
- Samuel Butler | Liars and Lying Quotes
I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
- Samuel Butler | Liars and Lying Quotes
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
- Samuel Butler | Life Quotes
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler | Life Quotes
Life is one long process of getting tired.
- Samuel Butler | Life Quotes
To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
- Samuel Butler | Love Quotes
I reckon being ill is one of the greatest pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.
When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
- Samuel Butler | Money Quotes
All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense; but some are greater nonsense than others.
- Samuel Butler | Philosophy Quotes
The advantage of doing one's praising to oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
- Samuel Butler | Praise and Flattery Quotes
All progress is based upon the universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Progress Quotes
Silence is not always tact, and it is tact that is golden, not silence.
- Samuel Butler | Tact and Diplomacy Quotes
People care more about being thought to have good taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.
- Samuel Butler | Taste Quotes
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 | Trust Quotes
To put one's trust in God is only a longer way of saying that one will chance it.
- Samuel Butler | Trust Quotes
It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable grounds.
- Samuel Butler | Vice Quotes
A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal.
- Samuel Butler | Virtue Quotes
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
- Samuel Butler | Friends and Money Quotes
All animals except man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
- Samuel Butler | Happiness Quotes
People are lucky and unlucky ... according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
- Samuel Butler | Acceptance Quotes
A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
- Samuel Butler | Friendship Quotes
Faith is a kind of betting, or speculation.
- Samuel Butler | Faith and Unity Quotes
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
- Samuel Butler | Faith and Unity Quotes
Our self-conceit sustains, and always must sustain us.
- Samuel Butler | Self-Confidence Quotes
The foundations which we would dig about and find are within us, like the Kingdom of Heaven, rather than without.
- Samuel Butler | Self-Reliance Quotes
All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
- Samuel Butler | Simplicity Quotes
What runs through a person like water through a sieve.
- Samuel Butler | One Day Quotes
Our latest moment is always our supreme moment. Five minutes delay in dinner now is more important than a great sorrow ten years gone.
- Samuel Butler | This Moment Quotes
Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it-torn up to irrecoverable tatters.
It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held, and not in the dogma or want of dogma, that the danger lies.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
- Samuel Butler | Decisions Quotes
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler | Decisions Quotes
The tendency of modern science is to reduce proof to absurdity by continually reducing absurdity to proof.
- Samuel Butler | Decisions Quotes
To live is like to love: all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct is for it.
- Samuel Butler | Instincts Quotes
No matter how ill we may be, nor how low we may have fallen, we should not change identity with any other person.
- Samuel Butler | Right Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Motivation Quotes
People are lucky and unlucky ... according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
- Samuel Butler | Goals Quotes
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
There is one thing certain, namely, that we can have nothing certain; therefore it is not certain that we can have nothing certain.
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 | Success Quotes
We grow weary of those things (and perhaps soonest) which we most desire.
- Samuel Butler | Success Quotes
To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
- Samuel Butler | Life Quotes
Man, unlike the animal, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.
- Samuel Butler | Lighten up Quotes
The greatest 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.
- Samuel Butler | Peace Quotes
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
- Samuel Butler | Spirituality Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Money Quotes
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
- Samuel Butler | Lying Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Inspirational Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Inspirational Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Inspirational Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Inspirational Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Inspirational Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Inspirational Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Inspirational Quotes
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every living organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler | Inspirational Quotes


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