Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

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 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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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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A Quote by Samuel Butler on distrust, people, and service

The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.

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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