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Samuel Butler Quotes

(1612-1680), British Poet, Satirist

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.

Category: Dogs

He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.

Category: Enjoyment

Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.

Category: Evil

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

Category: Excess

Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.

Category: Experience

The public do not know enough to be experts, but know enough to decide between them.

Category: Experts

What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, ''I bet that my Redeemer liveth.''

Category: Faith

You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.

Category: Faith

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.

Category: Fathers

Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.

Category: Food And Eating

The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.

Category: Food And Eating

There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.

Category: Forgiveness

A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage -- but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

Category: Friends And Friendship