Samuel Butler Quotes

11 November 2014

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

Then spare the rod and spoil the child.

11 November 2014

The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.

11 November 2014

The old saying of Buffon's that style is the man himself is as near the truth as we can get—but then most men mistake grammar for style, as they mistake correct spelling for words or schooling for education.

11 November 2014

The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.

11 November 2014

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.

11 November 2014

We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.

11 November 2014

In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.