Samuel Butler

(1612 - 1680 / England)

Samuel Butler Quotes

  • ''Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 240, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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  • ''People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 197, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''The body is but a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stewpan and the whole fixed upon stilts.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 289, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''A drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it, and buy clothes and send their children to school with it.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 107, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''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.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 255 (1951).
  • ''Entertaining angels unawares: It is always we who are to entertain the angels, and never they us. I cannot, however, think that an angel would be a very entertaining person, either as guest or host.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 154, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''To himself every one is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 117 (1951).
  • ''In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 279, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''Women can stand a beating except when it is with their own weapons.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 266, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • ''The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.''
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Higgledy-Piggledy," (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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