Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

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 faith

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You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on authority, credulity, doubt, faith, life, persistence, and reason

. . . There can be no doubt about faith and not reason being the ultima ratio. Even Euclid, who has laid himself as little open to the charge of credulity as any writer who ever lived, cannot get beyond this. He has no demonstrable first premise. He requires postulates and axioms which transcend demonstration, and without which he can do nothing. His superstructure indeed is demonstration, but his ground his faith. Nor again can he get further than telling a man he is a fool if he persists in differing from him. He says "which is absurd," and declines to discuss the matter further. Faith and authority, therefore, prove to be as necessary for him as for anyone else.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: The Way of All Flesh.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on friendship and money

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on college, duty, genius, and schools

Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps in its way.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on genius and trouble

Genius is a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: The Way of All Flesh.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on genius, money, time, and trouble

[Genius] is no respecter of time, trouble, money or persons, the four things around which human affairs turn most persistently.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on life

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I consider being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on art, farewells, good, hope, money, and work

As soon as any art is pursued with a view of money, then farewell, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, all hope of genuine good work.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks.

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