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Quotations From SAMUEL BUTLER

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  • 11.
    I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Truth and Convenience: Falsehood," (1912).

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  • 12.
    Sight and all the other senses are only modes of touch.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 83, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 13.
    Faith: You can do very little with it, but you can do nothing without it.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 289, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 14.
    Women can stand a beating except when it is with their own weapons.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 266, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 15.
    The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 115, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 16.
    The better part of valour is indiscretion.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 165, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 17.
    The family: I believe more unhappiness comes from this source than from any other—I mean the attempt to prolong family connection unduly, and to make people hang together artificially who would never naturally do so.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 73, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 18.
    Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 248, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 19.
    For every why he had a wherefore.
    Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. eds. John Wilders and Hugh de Quehen (1973). Hudibras, pt. 1, cto. 1, l. 132 (1663).
  • 20.
    Bodily offspring I do not leave, but mental offspring I do. Well, my books do not have to be sent to school and college, and then insist on going into the church, or take to drinking, or marry their mother's maid.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 153, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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