Samuel Butler Quotes

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

Samuel Butler

All men can do great things, if they know what great things are.

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

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

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

Samuel Butler

The true laws of God are the laws of our own well-being.

Samuel Butler

We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one.

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved.

Samuel Butler

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."

Samuel Butler

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.

Samuel Butler

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