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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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.
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.
Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.
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.