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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For truth is precious and divine too rich a pearl for carnal swine.
Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.
Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?
Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. I you look at it to admire it you are lost.
Life is a quarry out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy etc. and the less we think about it the better.
Young people have a marvelous faculty of either dying or adapting themselves to circumstances.