Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

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 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

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.

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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.

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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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A Quote by Samuel Butler

Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks.

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