Independence is essential for permanent but fatal to immediate success.
Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)
Contributed by: Zaady
Some who had received a liberal education at the Colleges of Unreason, and taken the highest degrees in hypothetics, which are their principal study.
Source: Erewhon, ch. 9.
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
Source: Notebooks, Life
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Life is one long process of getting tired.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
To live is like to love, all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
Source: Notebooks, Life and Love
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.
Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo, not for a man.
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