Samuel Butler Quotes

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

To love God is to have good health, good looks, good sense, experience, a kindly nature and a fair balance of cash in hand.

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

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

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

Opinions have vested interests just as men have.

Samuel Butler

Youth is like spring, an overpraised season

Samuel Butler

You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.

Samuel Butler

Genius is no respecter of time, trouble, money or persons, the four things around which human affairs turn most persistently.

Samuel Butler

Adversity, if a man is set down to it by degrees, is more supportable with equanimity by most people than any great prosperity arrived at in a single lifetime

Samuel Butler

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.

Samuel Butler

The truest characters of ignorance Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance.

Samuel Butler

Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.

Samuel Butler

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