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Samuel Butler Quotes

(1612-1680), British Poet, Satirist

A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.

Category: Virtue

Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal.

Category: Virtue

Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.

Category: Virtue

Everyone should keep a mental wastepaper basket, and the older he grows, the more things will he promptly consign to it.

Category: Waste

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.

Category: Water

For Wealth are all things that conduce, to one's destruction or their use. A standard both to buy and sell, all things from heaven down to hell.

Category: Wealth

Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can be gotten without it.

Category: Wisdom

Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbors, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.

Category: Words

Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.

Category: Work

Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

Category: Work

The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.

Category: Writers And Writing