Samuel Butler Quotes

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

A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.

Samuel Butler

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.

Samuel Butler

There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.

Samuel Butler

Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.

Samuel Butler

Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.

Samuel Butler

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