Samuel Butler

(1612 - 1680 / England)

Samuel Butler Quotes

  • ''There is but one step from the Academy to the Fad.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 236 (1951).
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  • ''The better part of valour is indiscretion.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 165, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1951).
  • ''There is no bore like a clever bore.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 255, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 56 (1951).

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Best Poem of Samuel Butler

Hudibras: Part 1 - Canto I

THE ARGUMENT

Sir Hudibras his passing worth,
The manner how he sallied forth;
His arms and equipage are shown;
His horse's virtues, and his own.
Th' adventure of the bear and fiddle
Is sung, but breaks off in the middle.


When civil dudgeon a first grew high,
And men fell out they knew not why?
When hard words, jealousies, and fears,
Set folks together by the ears,
And made them fight, like mad or drunk,
For Dame Religion, as for punk;
Whose honesty they all durst swear for,
Though not a man of them knew wherefore:
When Gospel-Trumpeter, ...

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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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