Quotes by Samuel Butler

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
– Samuel Butler

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
– Samuel Butler

The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
– Samuel Butler

All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
– Samuel Butler

Man, unlike animals, has never learned that the sole purpose in life is to enjoy it.
– Samuel Butler

People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and seeing it practiced
– Samuel Butler

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.
– Samuel Butler

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
— Samuel Butler

Why should not Conscience have a vacation.
– Samuel Butler

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

Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers.
– Samuel Butler

Cleanliness is almost as bad as godliness

– Samuel Butler

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.

– Samuel Butler

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.”
— Samuel Butler

Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.

– Samuel Butler

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