Famous Quotes from ...

Samuel Butler



    The history of art is the history of revivals.

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    Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

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    Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.

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    A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

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    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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    In law, nothing is certain but the expense.

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    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.

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    Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

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    Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness with others.

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    Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure.

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    Birds are taken with pipes that imitate their own voices, and men with those sayings that are most agreeable to their own opinions

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    Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud and vain: By this the fool commands the wise, The noble-with the base complies, The sot assumes the rule of wit, And cowards make t

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    There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.

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    Birth and death are so closely related that one could not destroy either without destroying the other at the same time. It is extinction that makes creation possible.

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    To live is like to love--all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct is for it.

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    It is death, and not what comes after death, that men are generally afraid of

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    A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.

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    When civil dudgeon first grew high, And men fell out they knew not why

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    Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat

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    The want of money is the root of all evil.

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    Opinions have vested interests just as men have.

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    Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.

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    The money men make lives after them.

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    For most men, and most circumstances, pleasure /tangible material prosperity in this world /is the safest test of virtue. Progress has ever been through the pleasures rather than through the extreme sharp virtues, and the most virtuous have leaned to excess rather than to asceticism.

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    The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation

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    For what is worth in anything, But so much money as 'twill bring

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    Genius is no respecter of time, trouble, money or persons, the four things around which human affairs turn most persistently.

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    If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.

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    Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both

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    I am not in Fortune's power: He that is down can fall no lower

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