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).
  • ''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).
  • ''A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Life and Habit, ch. 8 (1877).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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

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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