Samuel Butler Quotes

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

We are not won by arguments that we can analyze but by the tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself

Samuel Butler

Oaths are but words, and words but wind.

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

A mans friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriagebut they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.

Samuel Butler

The advantage of doing ones praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.

Samuel Butler

Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime.

Samuel Butler

One great reason why clergymens households are generally unhappy is because the clergyman is so much at home or close about the house.

Samuel Butler

A pair of lovers are like sunset and sunrise: there are such things every day but we very seldom see them.

Samuel Butler

It is far safer to know too little than too much. People will condemn the one, though they will resent being called upon to exert themselves to follow the other.

Samuel Butler

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