Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler (4 December 1835 – 18 June 1902) was an iconoclastic English author of a variety of works. Two of his most famous works are the Utopian satire Erewhon and the semi-autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh, published posthumously.

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In law nothing is certain but the expense.

Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.

Look before you leap for as you sow ye are like to reap.

It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper.

Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.

Opinions have vested interests just as men have.

It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.

Every man's work whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else is always a portrait of himself.

Justice, while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

From a worldly point of view there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.

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

Faith - you can do very little with it but you can do nothing without it.

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.

If God wants us to do a thing he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.

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

A virtue to be serviceable must like gold be alloyed with some commoner but more durable alloy.

The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.

The Bible may be the truth but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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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