Samuel Butler Quotes (71 quotations)

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1. A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg. - Samuel Butler

2. All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it. - Samuel Butler

3. All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it. - Samuel Butler

4. All philosophies, if you ride them, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others. - Samuel Butler

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

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

7. All truth is not to be told at all times. - Samuel Butler

8. An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books. - Samuel Butler

9. An honest god's the noblest work of man. - Samuel Butler

10. Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it. - Samuel Butler

11. Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well. - Samuel Butler

12. Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day. - Samuel Butler

13. 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. - Samuel Butler

14. Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself. - Samuel Butler

15. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. - Samuel Butler

16. Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds. - Samuel Butler

17. God cannot alter the past, that is why he is obliged to connive at the existence of historians. - Samuel Butler

18. God cannot alter the past, though historians can. - Samuel Butler

19. He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most; God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us. - Samuel Butler

20. He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still. - Samuel Butler

21. He was born stupid, and greatly increased his birthright. - Samuel Butler

22. Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning. - Samuel Butler

23. I consider being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill. - Samuel Butler

24. I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. - Samuel Butler

25. I shrink with as much horror from believing that my race can ever be superseded or surpassed, as I should do from believing that even at the remotest period my ancestors were other than human beings. Could I believe that ten hundred thousand years ago a single one of my ancestors was another kind of being to myself, I should lose all self-respect, and take no further pleasure or interest in life. I have the same feeling with regard to my descendants, and believe it to be one that will be felt so generally that the country will resolve upon putting an immediate stop to all further mechanical progress, and upon destroying all improvements that have been made for the last three hundred years... - Samuel Butler

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