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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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

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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