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Samuel Butler Quotes

(1612-1680), British Poet, Satirist

A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.

Category: Friends And Friendship

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.

Category: Fun

A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.

Category: Genius

If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.

Category: God

God cannot alter the past, but historians can.

Category: History And Historians

An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.

Category: Home

Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.

Category: Humankind

Such as take lodgings in a head that's to be let unfurnished.

Category: Ideas

I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.

Category: Illness

To himself everyone is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.

Category: Immortality

Neither have they hearts to stay, nor wit enough to run away.

Category: Indecision

From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.

Category: Infallibility

Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.

Category: Injustice

A lawyers dream of heaven; every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.

Category: Law And Lawyers

In law, nothing is certain but the expense.

Category: Law And Lawyers