Samuel Butler Quotes

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

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

The course of true anything never does run smooth. Samuel Butler

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler

There is no bore like a clever bore. Samuel Butler

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

If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue. Samuel Butler

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule. Samuel Butler

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them. Samuel Butler

To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead. Samuel Butler

The great 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

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

Independence is essential for permanent but fatal to immediate success. Samuel Butler

An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him. Samuel Butler

Logic is like the sword – those who appeal to it, shall perish by it. Samuel Butler

The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Samuel Butler

Death is only a larger kind of going abroad. Samuel Butler

The dons of Oxford and Cambridge are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anything. Samuel Butler

When the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness that he hath committed and doeth that which is neither lawful nor quite right, he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what he has lost in holiness. Samuel Butler

Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be; and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so. Samuel Butler

Entertaining angels unawares: It is always we who are to entertain the angels, and never they us. I cannot, however, think that an angel would be a very entertaining person, either as guest or host. Samuel Butler