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Quotations From SAMUEL BUTLER

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  • 141.
    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 (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1951).
  • 142.
    A clergyman, again, can hardly ever allow himself to look facts fairly in the face. It is his profession to support one side; it is impossible, therefore, for him to make an unbiased examination of the other.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1903. Ernest Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh, ch. 26, p. 96, Houghton Mifflin (1964).
  • 143.
    It is not nice to be wedded to anything—not even to a theory.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 116, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 144.
    Theorists may say what they like about a man's children being a continuation of his own identity, but it will generally be found that those who talk in this way have no children of their own. Practical family men know better.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1903. Ernest Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh, ch. 20, p. 77, Houghton Mifflin (1964).

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  • 145.
    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 (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 112 (1951).
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