Samuel Butler Quotes

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
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The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
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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.
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A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.
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The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.
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All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
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People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and seeing it practiced
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Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
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Man, unlike animals, has never learned that the sole purpose in life is to enjoy it.
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It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.

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Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
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Why should not Conscience have a vacation.
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Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
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All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
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Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers.
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Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
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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.

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Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.
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Prayers are to men as dolls are to children.
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Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.
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