Samuel Butler

(1612 - 1680 / England)

Samuel Butler Quotes

  • ''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 (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 237 (1951).
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  • ''A sense of humour keen enough to show a man his own absurdities as well as those of other people will keep a man from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those that are worth committing.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 131, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 250 (1951).
  • ''Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 65 (1951).
  • ''Be virtuous—and you will be vicious.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 160, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''Science, after all, is only an expression for our ignorance of our own ignorance.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 233 (1951).
  • ''The first duty of a conscientious person is to have his or her conscience absolutely under his or her own control.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 140, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 157 (1951).
  • ''What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, "I bet that my Redeemer liveth."''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (first publ. 1912, 1951).
  • ''The world will only, in the end, follow those who have despised as well as served it.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1951).

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Best Poem of Samuel Butler

The Metaphysical Sectarian

HE was in Logick a great Critick,
Profoundly skill'd in Analytick.
He could distinguish, and divide
A Hair 'twixt South and South-West side:
On either which he would dispute,
Confute, change hands, and still confute.
He'd undertake to prove by force
Of Argument, a Man's no Horse.
He'd prove a Buzard is no Fowl,
And that a Lord may be an Owl;
A Calf an Alderman, a Goose a Justice,
And Rooks Committee-men and Trustees.
He'd run in Debt by Disputation,
And pay with Ratiocination.
All this by Syllogism, true
In Mood and Figure, he would ...

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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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