Samuel Butler

"God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "Notebooks"

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "The Way of All Flesh"

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "Notebooks"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "Notebooks"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Genius [...] has been defined as a supreme capacity for taking trouble. [...] It might be more fitly described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds and keeping them therein so long as the genius remains."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "Notebooks"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Life is one long process of getting tired."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "Notebooks"

Rating: 2.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words."


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The most perfect humour and irony is generally quite unconscious."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "Life and Habit"

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his own property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Heaven is the work of the best and kindest men and women. Hell is the work of prigs, pedants and professional truth-tellers. The world is an attempt to make the best of both."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "The Note-Books of Samuel Butler"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well."


Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "The Way of All Flesh"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Truth consists not in never lying but in knowing when to lie and when not to do so."


Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use."


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The greatest 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."


Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A great portrait is always more a portrait of the painter than of the painted. "


Rating: 2.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Sin is like a mountain with two aspects according to whether it is viewed before or after it has been reached: yet both aspects are real."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Memory and forgetfulness are as life and death to one another. To live is to remember and to remember is to live. To die is to forget and to forget is to die."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "The Note-Books of Samuel Butler"

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country."


Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)