Samuel Butler

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

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The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.Samuel Butler

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We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.Samuel Butler

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Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.Samuel Butler

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People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.Samuel Butler

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A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.Samuel Butler

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Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.Samuel Butler

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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.Samuel Butler

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

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Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.Samuel Butler

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The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.Samuel Butler

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

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If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.Samuel Butler

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An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.Samuel Butler

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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.Samuel Butler

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The great 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.Samuel Butler

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Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.Samuel Butler

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Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.Samuel Butler

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It is tact that is golden, not silence.Samuel Butler

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

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People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.Samuel Butler

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If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.Samuel Butler

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To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.Samuel Butler

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Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. I you look at it to admire it, you are lost.Samuel Butler

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Self-preservation is the first law of nature.Samuel Butler

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Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.Samuel Butler

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Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?Samuel Butler

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Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.Samuel Butler

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Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.Samuel Butler

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A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.Samuel Butler

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