Samuel Butler

(1612 - 1680 / England)

Samuel Butler Quotes

  • ''The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 125, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''It is tact that is golden, not silence.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 229 (1951).
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  • ''The dead being the majority it is a natural thing that we should have more friends among these than among the living.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 221, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 219 (1951).
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  • ''America was too big to have been discovered all at one time. It would have been better for the graces if it had been discovered in pieces of about the size of France or Germany at a time.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 135, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''It is seldom very hard to do one's duty when one knows what it is, but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 121, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 64, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''And bid the devil take the hin'most.''
    Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. eds. John Wilders and Hugh de Quehen (1973). Hudibras, pt. 1, cto. 2, l. 633 (1663).
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  • ''Thought reading is like the circulation of the blood. We are all thought readers only we don't pay attention to it.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 141, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''If the wages of sin are death, what else, I should like to know, is the wages of virtue?''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 247, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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Best Poem of Samuel Butler

Sonnets On Miss Savage

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She was too kind, wooed too persistently,
Wrote moving letters to me day by day;
The more she wrote, the more unmoved was I,
The more she gave, the less could I repay.
Therefore I grieve, not that I was not loved,
But that, being loved, I could not love again.
I liked, but like and love are far removed;
Hard though I tried to love I tried in vain.
For she was plain and lame and fat and short,
Forty and over-kind. Hence it befell
That though I loved her in a certain sort,
Yet did I love too wisely but not well.
Ah! had she been more beauteous or less ...

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Sonnets On Miss Savage

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She was too kind, wooed too persistently,
Wrote moving letters to me day by day;
The more she wrote, the more unmoved was I,
The more she gave, the less could I repay.
Therefore I grieve, not that I was not loved,
But that, being loved, I could not love again.
I liked, but like and love are far removed;
Hard though I tried to love I tried in vain.

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