Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)
Contributed by: Zaady
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
Source: Notebooks, The Way of All Flesh
All animals but men know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it - and they do enjoy it as much as man and other circumstances will allow it.
Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it shall perish by it.
God is Love, I dare say. But what a mischievous devil Love is.
Source: Notebooks, God is Love
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
Source: Erewhon (1872)
It is better to have loved and lost than to never have lost at all.
It has been said that though God cannot alter the past, historians can; it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence.
Source: Erewhon Revisited, ch 14
The most perfect humor and irony is generally quite unconscious.
Source: Notebooks, Life and Habit
Independence is essential for permanent but fatal to immediate success.
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