Samuel Butler Quotes

Logic is like the sword--those who appeal to it shall perish by it.

Samuel Butler

To me it seems that those who are happy in this world are better and more lovable people than those who are not.

Samuel Butler

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.

Samuel Butler

Memory and forgetfulness are as life and death to one another. To live is to remember and to remember is to live. To die is to forget and to forget is to die.

Samuel Butler

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

Samuel Butler

Opinion governs all mankind, like the blind's leading of the blind

Samuel Butler

An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.

Samuel Butler

There are two classes of people in this world, those who sin, and those who are sinned against; if a man must belong to either, he had better belong to the first than to the second.

Samuel Butler

Youth is like spring, an overpraised season.

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 world will, in the end, follow only those who have despised as well as served it.

Samuel Butler

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.

Samuel Butler

To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead.

Samuel Butler

I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.

Samuel Butler

A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.

Samuel Butler

They [my thoughts] are like persons met upon a journey; I think them very agreeable at first but soon find, as a rule, that I am tired of them.

Samuel Butler

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