Samuel Butler

(1612 - 1680 / England)

Samuel Butler Quotes

  • ''Quickness comes from long sustained effort after rightness, and comes unsought. It never comes from effort after quickness.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 170, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''Let every man be true and every god a liar.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 277, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 282, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''My thoughts: They are like persons met upon a journey—I think them very agreeable at first, but soon find, as a rule, that I am tired of them.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 52, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''Some men love truth so much that they seem in continual fear lest she should catch cold on over-exposure.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 136, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''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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  • ''If I die prematurely at any rate I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 138, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''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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  • ''Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 55, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''When I die at any rate I shall do so in the full and certain hope that there will be no resurrection, but that death will give me quittance in full.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 57, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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Best Poem of Samuel Butler

Puritans - (From Hudibras)

Our brethren of New England use
Choice malefactors to excuse,
And hang the guiltless in their stead,
Of whom the churches have less need;
As late it happened in a town
Where lived a cobbler, and but one,
That out of doctrine could cut use,
And mend men's lives as well as shoes.
This precious brother having slain
In times of peace an Indian,
Not out of malice, but mere zeal,
Because he was an infidel;
The mighty Tottipotimoy
Complaining loudly of the breach
Of league held forth by brother Patch,
Against the articles in force
Between both ...

Read the full of Puritans - (From Hudibras)

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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