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Quotations by author » Samuel Butler
English novelist, essayist and critic, 1835-1902
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'Twas Presbyterian true blue.
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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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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.
Friends
A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.
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A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
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A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers
Law and lawyers
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.
Knowledge
A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
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A man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore
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A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage - but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.
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A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.
HumorSin
A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
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A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
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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
Adversity
All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
AnimalsLife
All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
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All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Progress
All truth is not to be told at all times.
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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.
God
An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.
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