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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Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.
I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
You can do very little with faith but you can do nothing without it.
Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.
Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten and to leave off fighting at once.
Christ: I dislike him very much. Still I can stand him. What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people whose profession is to hoodwink us about him.
God as now generally conceived of is only the last witch.
A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.