Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

A Quote by Samuel Butler on death and money

It costs a lot of money to die comfortably.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, A Luxurious Death

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on drinking, morality, pain, and pleasure

Morality turns on whether the pleasure precedes or follows the pain. Thus it is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first, and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on prophets

The New Jerusalem, when it comes, will probably be found so far to resemble the old as to stone its prophets freely.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on principles

The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Sequel, Public Opinion

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on injustice, justice, peace, and war

It hath been said that an unjust peace is to be preferred before a just war.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Speeches in the Rump Parliament. Butler's Remains.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on gold, praise, and value

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, The Way of All Flesh

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on health, instinct, love, and reason

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

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Life and Love

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on composers, feeling, guidance, instinct, life, music, and rules

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on life, questions, and worth

Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo, not for a man.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks,

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