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

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

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

We all like to forgive and love best not those who offend us least nor who have done most for us but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.

When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.

There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth.

Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be but like our neighbours we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.

The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.

The three most important things a man has are briefly his private parts his money and his religious opinions.

The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money the next worst his health the next worst his reputation.

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

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

He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.

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

Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.

The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.

To know God better is only to realize how impossible it is that we should ever know him at all. I know not which is more childish to deny him or define him.

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

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

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