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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Priests are not men of the world, it is not intended that they should be, and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so.

In old times people used to try and square the circle, now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.

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

A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first not second hand.

The dead should be judged like criminals impartially but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.

God was satisfied with his own work and that is fatal.

Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it shall perish by it.

Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty adultery and desertion he would probably get one.

What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be I bet that my Redeemer liveth.

Life is not an exact science it is an art.

Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.

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

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.

Life is one long process of getting tired.

The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.

There is such a thing as doing good that evil may come.

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.

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

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

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