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Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler (1835-12-04 1902-06-18) was a British satirist, best known for his novels Erewhon and The Way of All Flesh. For the 17th-century author of Hudibras, see Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
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The only things we hate, are the unfamiliar things

Samuel Butler

There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth.

Samuel Butler

Self-preservation is the first law of nature.

Samuel Butler

An open mind is all very well in its way, but it ought not to be so open that there is no keeping anything in or out of it. It should be capable of shutting its doors sometimes, or it may be found a little draughty.

Samuel Butler

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.

Samuel Butler

Then he saw also that it matters little what profession, whether of religion or irreligion, a man may make, provided only he follows it out with charitable inconsistency, and without insisting on it to the bitter end. It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies.

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

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I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.

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

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People care more about being thought to have taste than about being good, clever, or amiable.

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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.

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

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

Samuel Butler

It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something.

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.

Samuel Butler

Man, unlike the animals, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.

Samuel Butler

There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule.

Samuel Butler

It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper.

Samuel Butler

There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the general rule.

Samuel Butler

Conscience is thoroughly well bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.

Samuel Butler

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.

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