Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler

English poet

Lived from: 1612-1680

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Samuel Butler

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    An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
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    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.
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    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.
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    A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.
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    A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
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    A lawyers 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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    A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
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    A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage - but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.
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    A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
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    A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
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    All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
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    All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
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    All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
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    All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
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    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.
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