Samuel Butler Quotes & Wallpapers

Samuel Butler
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Birth and death are so closely related that one could not destroy either without destroying the other at the same time. It is extinction that makes creation possible. Samuel Butler

The money men make lives after them. Samuel Butler

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

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

To know whether you are enjoying a piece of music or not you must see whether you find yourself looking at the advertisements of Pear's soap at the end of the program. Samuel Butler

It seems to be the fate of man to seek all his consolations in futurity. The time present is seldom able to fill desire or imagination with immediate enjoyment, and we are forced to supply its deficiencies by recollection or anticipation. Samuel Butler

When people talk of atoms obeying fixed laws, they are either ascribing some kind of intelligence and free will to atoms or they are talking nonsense. There is no obedience unless there is at any rate a potentiality of disobeying. Samuel Butler

If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue. Samuel Butler

To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead. Samuel Butler

When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once. Samuel Butler

Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life. Samuel Butler

Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order. Samuel Butler

Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things. Samuel Butler

Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him. Samuel Butler

If there is any moral in Christianity, if there is anything to be learned from it, if the whole story is not profitless from first to last, it comes to this: that a man should back his own opinion against the world s. Samuel Butler

Every one is a genius, more or less. No one is so physically sound that no part of him will be even a little unsound, and no one is so diseased but that some part of him will be healthy - so no man is so mentally and morally sound, but that he will be in part both mad and wicked; and no man is so mad and wicked but he will be sensible and honourable in part. In like manner there is no genius who is not also a fool, and no fool who is not also a genius. Samuel Butler

God cannot alter the past, but historians can. Samuel Butler

Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal. Samuel Butler

Prayers are to men as dolls are to children. Samuel Butler

The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday. Samuel Butler

God without the devil is dead, being alone. Samuel Butler

We are like thistle-down blown about by the wind - up and down, here and there - but not one in a thousand ever getting beyond seed-hood. Samuel Butler

Life is not so much a riddle to be read as a Gordian knot that will get cut sooner or later. Samuel Butler

We want a Society for the Suppression of Erudite Research and the Decent Burial of the Past. The ghosts of the dead past want quite as much laying as raising. Samuel Butler

There is no permanent absolute unchangeable truth; what we should pursue is the most convenient arrangement of our ideas. Samuel Butler

The world is a gambling-table so arranged that all who enter the casino must play and all must lose more or less heavily in the long run, though they win occasionally by the way. Samuel Butler

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Samuel Butler

Inspiration is never genuine if it is known as inspiration at the time. True inspiration always steals on a person; its importance not being fully recognized for some time. Samuel Butler

There are two classes [of scientists], those who want to know, and do not care whether others think they know or not, and those who do not much care about knowing, but care very greatly about being reputed as knowing. Samuel Butler

There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth. Samuel Butler

Brigands will demand your money or your life, but a woman will demand both Samuel Butler

Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Samuel Butler

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all. Samuel Butler

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

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument. Samuel Butler

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler

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

They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?' Samuel Butler

Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping. A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine. Samuel Butler

Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity? Samuel Butler

If I die prematurely I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success. Samuel Butler

Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. I you look at it to admire it, you are lost. Samuel Butler

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 most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust. Samuel Butler

The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money. Samuel Butler

The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions. Samuel Butler

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death. Samuel Butler

In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa. Samuel Butler

To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all. Samuel Butler

A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war. Samuel Butler

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

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds. Samuel Butler

We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them. Samuel Butler

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. Samuel Butler

Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence. Samuel Butler

When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented. Samuel Butler

There is one thing certain, namely, that we can have nothing certain; therefore it is not certain that we can have nothing certain. Samuel Butler

Prayers are to men as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them very seriously. Samuel Butler

Flying. Whatever any other organism has been able to do man should surely be able to do also, though he may go a different way about it. Samuel Butler

If a man knows not life which he hath seen, how shall he know death, which he hath not seen? Samuel Butler

The foundations which we would dig about and find are within us, like the kingdom of heaven, rather than without. Samuel Butler

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it - and they do enjoy it as much as man and other circumstances will allow. Samuel Butler

Prayers are to men as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them very seriously. Samuel Butler

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. Samuel Butler

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children. Samuel Butler

The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor. Samuel Butler

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

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

The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is. Samuel Butler

There is no true gracefulness which is not epitomized goodness. Samuel Butler



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