Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

A Quote by Samuel Butler on individuality, life, and rules

There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the general rule.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Samuel Butler’s Notebooks, 1951

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

The hen is an egg's way of producing another egg.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on existence, god, past, and respect

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.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Erewhon Revisited, ch 14

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on humor and irony

The most perfect humor and irony is generally quite unconscious.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Life and Habit

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on independence and success

Independence is essential for permanent but fatal to immediate success.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks,

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on college, education, liberals, and study

Some who had received a liberal education at the Colleges of Unreason, and taken the highest degrees in hypothetics, which are their principal study.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Erewhon, ch. 9.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on lies and truth

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Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on art, life, and science

Life is not an exact science, it is an art.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Life

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on learning and life

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

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on life

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Life is one long process of getting tired.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Life

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