Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

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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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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