Samuel Butler

1612 - 1680

A Quote by Samuel Butler on losing

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When the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness that he hath committed and doeth that which is neither quite lawful nor quite right, he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what he has lost in holiness.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on laws and nature

Self-preservation is the first law of nature.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on desires, income, and progress

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Life

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to market it.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on mistakes

There is no mistake so great as that of being always right.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on death and money

It costs a lot of money to die comfortably.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, A Luxurious Death

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on drinking, morality, pain, and pleasure

Morality turns on whether the pleasure precedes or follows the pain. Thus it is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first, and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on prophets

The New Jerusalem, when it comes, will probably be found so far to resemble the old as to stone its prophets freely.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on principles

The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Sequel, Public Opinion

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on injustice, justice, peace, and war

It hath been said that an unjust peace is to be preferred before a just war.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Speeches in the Rump Parliament. Butler's Remains.

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