Samuel Butler Quotes

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

Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon.

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

He'd undertake to prove, by force Of argument, a man's no horse. He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a Lord may be an owl, A calf an Alderman, a goose a Justice, And rooks, Committee-men or Trustees.

Samuel Butler

I've heard old cunning stagers Say, fools for arguments use wagers.

Samuel Butler

All philosophies, if you ride them, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.

Samuel Butler

Always eat grapes downward - that is eat the best grapes first; in this way there will be none better left on the bunch, and each grape will seem good down to the last. If you eat the other way, you will not have a good grape in the lot.

Samuel Butler

The extremes of glory and of shame, Like east and west, become the same No Indian prince has to his palace - More followers than a thief to the gallows

Samuel Butler

If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.

Samuel Butler

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