Samuel Butler Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Samuel Butler quotes and Samuel Butler sayings, and Samuel Butler proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Life is one long process of getting tired."

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

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"Neither irony or sarcasm is argument."

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"Willing or preferring is the same with respect to good and evil, that judging is with respect to truth or falsehood."

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"Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children."

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"Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life."

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"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too."

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"We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to them."

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"I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better."

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"Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself."

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"Oaths are but words, and words but wind."

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"The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is."

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"Every person’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of that person."

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"A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide."

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"All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income."

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"Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well."

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"Independence is essential for permanent but fatal to immediate success."

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"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."

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"It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly."

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"Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day."

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"You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it."

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"The truest characters of ignorance Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance."

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"Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits."

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"Friendship is like money, easier made than kept."

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"Doubtless the pleasure is as great Of being cheated as to cheat."

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"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all."

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"Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself."

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"To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead."

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"Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon."

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"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

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