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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We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper by the manner which is the man himself.

Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty bodily or mental.

Letters are like wine, if they are sound they ripen with keeping. A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine.

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

There is no true gracefulness which is not epitomized goodness.

The dons of Oxford and Cambridge are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anything.

The seven deadly sins: Want of money bad health bad temper chastity family ties knowing that you know things and believing in the Christian religion.

The youth of an art is like the youth of anything else its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger but we care less about it.

The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.

Don't learn to do but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.

Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.

Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.

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.

Women can stand a beating except when it is with their own weapons.

I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek, they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.

Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.

No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.

And so there is no God, but has been in the loins of past gods.

Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers.

Be virtuous and you will be vicious.

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