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Samuel Butler Quotes

(1612-1680), British Poet, Satirist

The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.

Category: Bores And Boredom

People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.

Category: Cheerfulness

If there is any moral in Christianity, if there is anything to be learned from it, if the whole story is not profitless from first to last, it comes to this: that a man should back his own opinion against the world s.

Category: Christians And Christianity

People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.

Category: Christians And Christianity

The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.

Category: Common Sense

Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.

Category: Conscience

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.

Category: Consciousness

The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much about not being a thief any more. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.

Category: Crime And Criminals

A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.

Category: Culture

If life must not be taken too seriously -- then so neither must death.

Category: Death And Dying

The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.

Category: Death And Dying

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.

Category: Death And Dying

To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.

Category: Death And Dying

It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy -- but he who has shown the better temper.

Category: Debate

A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.

Category: Doctors