Samuel Butler

(1612 - 1680 / England)

Samuel Butler Quotes

  • ''It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy—but he who has shown the better temper.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 112 (1951).
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  • ''How holy people look when they are sea-sick!''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. "Written Sketches," Notebooks (1912).
  • ''Providence itself could not be more absolutely improvident.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 108, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 100 (1951).
  • ''Never have anything to do with the near surviving representatives of anyone whose name appears in the death column of the Times as having "passed away."''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 249, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.''
    Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. Genuine Remains in Verse and Prose, vol. 2 (1759).
  • ''Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 248, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''For every why he had a wherefore.''
    Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. eds. John Wilders and Hugh de Quehen (1973). Hudibras, pt. 1, cto. 1, l. 132 (1663).
  • ''Bodily offspring I do not leave, but mental offspring I do. Well, my books do not have to be sent to school and college, and then insist on going into the church, or take to drinking, or marry their mother's maid.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 153, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''Habitual Teetotallers: There should be asylums for such people. But they would probably relapse into teetotalism as soon as they came out.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 79, 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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