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Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)
English composer, novelist, & satiric author [more author details]
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Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.
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Samuel Butler
All philosophies, if you ride them, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
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Samuel Butler
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
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Samuel Butler
Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
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Samuel Butler
I consider being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill.
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Samuel Butler
I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
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Samuel Butler
If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
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Samuel Butler
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
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Samuel Butler
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises
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Samuel Butler
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
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Samuel Butler
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
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Samuel Butler
Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
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Samuel Butler
Neither have they hearts to stay. Nor wit enough to run away.
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Samuel Butler
People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.
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Samuel Butler
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
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Samuel Butler
The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
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Samuel Butler
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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Samuel Butler, Erewhon (1872)
When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
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Samuel Butler, In Festing Jones, Samuel Butler : A Memoir
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
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Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912
Life is one long process of getting tired.
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Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912
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