Samuel Butler

(1612 - 1680 / England)

Samuel Butler Quotes

  • ''We can only proselytize fresh meat, putrid meat begins to have strong convictions of its own.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 70, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Truth and Convenience: Falsehood," (1912).
  • ''Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1951).
  • ''Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Life," (1912).
  • ''If there could be such a thing as the Mammon of Righteousness Christina would have assuredly made friends with it.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1903. Ernest Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh, ch. 12, p. 48, Houghton Mifflin (1964).
  • ''One's stomach is one's internal environment.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, page 112, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. The Way of All Flesh, ch. 5 (1903).
  • ''Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty, bodily or mental.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 195, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. The Way of All Flesh, ch. 72 (1903).
  • ''Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 144, E.P. Dutton & Company (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

i
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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