Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler (4 December 1835 – 18 June 1902) was an iconoclastic English author of a variety of works. Two of his most famous works are the Utopian satire Erewhon and the semi-autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh, published posthumously.

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It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.

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

The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.

My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms and to keep other people's books out of mine.

Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh, there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.

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.

There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.

A drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it and buy clothes and send their children to school with it.

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

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.

Belief, like any other moving body, follows the path of least resistance.

A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.

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

Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.

God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor.

I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.

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

Let every man be true and every god a liar.

The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.

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