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Samuel Butler Quote: “Self-preservation is the first law of nature.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Look before you leap for as you sow, ye are like to reap.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “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.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Prayers are to men as dolls are to children.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “A drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it, and buy clothes and send their children to school with it.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, ‘Can he name a kitten?’”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Our minds want clothes as much as our bodies.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Women can stand a beating except when it is with their own weapons.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “A man’s friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage – but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Opinions have vested interests just as men have.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Life is one long process of getting tired.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “Happiness and misery consist in a progression towards better or worse; it does not matter how high up or low down you are, it depends not on this, but on the direction in which you are tending.”
Samuel Butler Quote: “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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