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.
Contributed by: Zaady
Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
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)
The hen is an egg's way of producing another egg.
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
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