Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

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 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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A Quote by Samuel Butler on men

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Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on death and immortality

To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on apologies, books, devil, and god

An apology for the Devil: It must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, An Apology for the Devil

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on dogs and pleasure

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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