Samuel Butler

(1612 - 1680 / England)

Samuel Butler Quotes

  • ''Then spare the rod and spoil the child.''
    Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. Hudibras, pt. 2, cto. 1 (1663-1678).
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  • ''The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 223 (1951).
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  • ''Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 220 (1951).
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  • ''A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Life and Habit, ch. 8 (1877).
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  • ''Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Mind and Matter," (1912).
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  • ''To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 255 (1951).
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  • ''The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Sequel to Alps and Sanctuaries," (1912).
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  • ''When the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness that he hath committed and doeth that which is neither lawful nor quite right, he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what he has lost in holiness.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, ch. 2 (1912).
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  • ''I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 220 (1951).
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  • ''Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Material for a Projected Sequel to Alps and Sanctuaries," (1912).
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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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