Samuel Butler Quotes

To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead.

Samuel Butler

I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.

Samuel Butler

The dons are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anything.

Samuel Butler

A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.

Samuel Butler

They [my thoughts] are like persons met upon a journey; I think them very agreeable at first but soon find, as a rule, that I am tired of them.

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 recognised for some time.

Samuel Butler

There are some things which it is madness not to try to know but which it is almost as much madness to try to know.

Samuel Butler

Honesty consists not in never stealing but in knowing where to stop in stealing, and how to make good use of what one does steal.

Samuel Butler

A mans style in any art should be like his dress it should attract as little attention as possible.

Samuel Butler

A great portrait is always more a portrait of the painter than of the painted.

Samuel Butler

Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use.

Samuel Butler

Thought pure and simple is as near to God as we can get; it is through this that we are linked with God.

Samuel Butler

Feeling is an art and, like any other art, can be acquired by taking pains.

Samuel Butler

Memory and forgetfulness are as life and death to one another. To live is to remember and to remember is to live. To die is to forget and to forget is to die.

Samuel Butler

To be is to think and to be thinkable. To live is to continue thinking and to remember having done so.

Samuel Butler

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