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.


Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.      

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When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once.     

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Be virtuous and you will be vicious.     

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People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.     

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A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip: there is nothing good of him but that which is underground.     

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To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.     

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A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.     

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The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.     

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

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People are always in good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.     

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Always eat grapes downwards - that is, always eat the best grape first; in this way there will be none better left on the bunch, and each grape will seem good down to the last.     

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People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.     

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Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.     

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Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.     

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The day runs through me as water through a sieve.     

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The course of true anything never does run smooth.     

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

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It is tact that is golden, not silence.     

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Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.     

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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.     

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Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.     

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If life is an illusion, then so is death - the greatest of all illusions. If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.     

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Chief of domestic knights and errant, / Either for cartel or for warrant; / Great on the bench, great in the saddle, / That could as well bind o'er, as swaddle; / Mighty he was at both of these, / And styl'd of war, as well as peace.     

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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.      

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Flying. Whatever any other organism has been able to do man should surely be able to do also, though he may go a different way about it.     

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