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 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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A Quote by Samuel Butler on gold, praise, and value

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler

The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, The Way of All Flesh

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on animals, business, circumstances, life, man, principles, and enjoy

All animals but men know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it - and they do enjoy it as much as man and other circumstances will allow it.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on logic

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Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it shall perish by it.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on devil, god, and love

God is Love, I dare say. But what a mischievous devil Love is.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, God is Love

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