Samuel Butler Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old samuel butler quotes, samuel butler sayings, and samuel butler proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Willing or preferring is the same with respect to good and evil, that judging is with respect to truth or falsehood.     

Samuel Butler

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.     

Samuel Butler

Doubtless the pleasure is as great of being cheated as to cheat.     

Samuel Butler

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.     

Samuel Butler

Life is one long process of getting tired.     

Samuel Butler

Always eat grapes downward - that is, always eat the best grapes first; in this way there will be none better left on the bunch, and each grape will seem good down to the last. If you eat the other way, you will not have a good grape in the lot.     

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.     

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

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.     

Samuel Butler

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.     

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

The worst of rebels never arm To do their king or country harm, But draw their swords to do them good, As doctors cure by letting blood.     

Samuel Butler

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.     

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

Exploring is delightful to look forward to and back upon, but it is not comfortable at the time, unless it be of such an easy nature as not to deserve the name.     

Samuel Butler

If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.     

Samuel Butler

A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.     

Samuel Butler

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.     

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.     

Samuel Butler

If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.     

Samuel Butler

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.     

Samuel Butler

If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.     

Samuel Butler

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

Samuel Butler

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

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.     

Samuel Butler

Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.     

Samuel Butler

Union may be strength, but it is mere blind brute strength unless wisely directed.     

Samuel Butler