Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

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 wit

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Neither have they hearts to stay, Nor wit enough to run away.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras, pt. 3, cto. 3.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

Nick Machiavel had ne'er a trick, Though he gave his name to our Old Nick.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1313.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on animals

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Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on animals

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Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on doubt, guidance, and writing

When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on good

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There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, The Way of All Flesh

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