Samuel Butler Quotes

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.

11 November 2014

When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented.

11 November 2014

I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.

11 November 2014

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

11 November 2014

The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.

11 November 2014

Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better.

11 November 2014

My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms, and to keep other people's books out of mine.

11 November 2014

Not to over-breed will be one day recognized as not less essential for national well- being than breeding is.

11 November 2014

If I die prematurely at any rate I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success.