Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

A Quote by Samuel Butler on gifts and horses

He ne'er consider'd it, as loth To look a gift-horse in the mouth.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 490.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on chance

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As the ancients Say wisely, have a care o' th' main chance, And look before you ere you leap; For as you sow, ye are like to reap.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 501.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on generosity, love, and wine

All love at first, like generous wine, Ferments and frets until 'tis fine; But when 'tis settled on the lee, And from th' impurer matter free, Becomes the richer still the older, And proves the pleasanter the colder.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

And prove their doctrine orthodox, By apostolic blows and knocks.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 199.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on clarity

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What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was prov'd true before Prove false again? Two hundred more.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1277.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on fortune and power

I am not now in fortune's power: He that is down can fall no lower.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 877.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

Where entity and quiddity, The ghosts of defunct bodies, fly.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 145.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on grace, saints, suffering, and virtue

'Cause grace and virtue are within Prohibited degrees of kin; And therefore no true saint allows They shall be suffer'd to espouse.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1293.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

Beside, 't is known he could speak Greek As naturally as pigs squeak; That Latin was no more difficile Than to a blackbird 't is to whistle.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 51.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

Have always been at daggers-drawing, And one another clapper-clawing.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 79.

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