Samuel Butler Quotes

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

When I am dead I would rather people thought me better than I was instead of worse; but if they think me worse, I cannot help it and, if it matters at all, it will matter more to them than to me.

Samuel Butler

To try to live in posterity is to be like an actor who leaps over the footlights and talks to the orchestra.

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

Truth consists not in never lying but in knowing when to lie and when not to do so.

Samuel Butler

Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch cold on over-exposure.

Samuel Butler

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.

Samuel Butler

The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.

Samuel Butler

To live is like to love all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.

Samuel Butler

To put ones trust in God is only a longer way of saying that one will chance it.

Samuel Butler

Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence.

Samuel Butler

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