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Samuel Butler Quotes: "Neither have they hearts to stay Nor wit enough to run away."

Neither have they hearts to stay Nor wit enough to run away.




Samuel Butler Quotes: "People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted and at seeing it practised."

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



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning."

Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "God cannot alter the past, though historians can."

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.




Samuel Butler Quotes: "People care more about being thought to have good taste than about being thought either good clever or amiable."

People care more about being thought to have good taste than about being thought either good clever or amiable.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "In law, nothing is certain but the expense."

In law, nothing is certain but the expense.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Man unlike the animal has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it."

Man unlike the animal has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.




Samuel Butler Quotes: "Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better."

Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "The public do not know enough to be experts yet know enough to decide between them."

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



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Any fool can tell the truth but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well."

Any fool can tell the truth but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often."

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "All philosophies if you ride them home are nonsense but some are greater nonsense than others."

All philosophies if you ride them home are nonsense but some are greater nonsense than others.




Samuel Butler Quotes: "One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten and to leave off fighting at once."

One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten and to leave off fighting at once.



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

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



Samuel Butler Quotes: "If life must not be taken too seriously - then so neither must death."

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



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself."

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has to his power of influencing conduct."

A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Prayers are to men as dolls are to children."

Prayers are to men as dolls are to children.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "The greatest 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."

The greatest 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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "To live is like to love: all reason is against it and all healthy instinct is for it."

To live is like to love: all reason is against it and all healthy instinct is for it.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing."

A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable grounds."

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable grounds.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion."

The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know."

Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth."

The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "The greatest 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."

The greatest 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 Quotes: "If people who are in a difficulty will only do the first little reasonable thing which they can clearly recognize as reasonable, they will always find the next step more easy both to see and take."

If people who are in a difficulty will only do the first little reasonable thing which they can clearly recognize as reasonable, they will always find the next step more easy both to see and take.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it."

All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words."

A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits."

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things."

Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "No matter how ill we may be nor how low we may have fallen we should not change identity with any other person."

No matter how ill we may be nor how low we may have fallen we should not change identity with any other person.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "The history of art is the history of revivals."

The history of art is the history of revivals.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "I have never written on any subject unless I believed that the authorities on it were hopelessly wrong."

I have never written on any subject unless I believed that the authorities on it were hopelessly wrong.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "What runs through a person like water through a sieve."

What runs through a person like water through a sieve.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only."

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them."

Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "An apology for the Devil - it must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books."

An apology for the Devil - it must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises."

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "It has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can --it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence."

It has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can --it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "We grow weary of those things (and perhaps soonest) which we most desire."

We grow weary of those things (and perhaps soonest) which we most desire.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it."

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



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Oaths are but words, and words are but wind."

Oaths are but words, and words are but wind.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Faith is a kind of betting or speculation."

Faith is a kind of betting or speculation.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Our self-conceit sustains and always must sustain us."

Our self-conceit sustains and always must sustain us.



Samuel Butler Quotes: "Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime"

Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime



Samuel Butler Quotes: "The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way."

The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.