Samuel Butler Quotes

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

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

Samuel Butler

Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud and vain: By this the fool commands the wise, The noble-with the base complies, The sot assumes the rule of wit, And cowards make t

Samuel Butler

If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.

Samuel Butler

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.

Samuel Butler

I don't mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.

Samuel Butler

He that complies against his will Is of his own opinion still.

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

The public do not know enough to be experts, yet know enough to decide between them.

Samuel Butler

To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.

Samuel Butler

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