Quotes by Samuel Butler (Poet/British).

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If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.
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The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money.
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The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.
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A drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it, and buy clothes and send their children to school with it.
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Christ was only crucified once and for a few hours. Think of the hundreds of thousands whom Christ has been crucifying in a quiet way ever since.
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Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.
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The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
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Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
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Oaths are but words, and words are but wind.
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He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
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Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.
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If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.
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Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.
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Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
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The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
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The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.
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Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
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To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
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Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.
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There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
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Opinions have vested interests just as men have.
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I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.
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Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.
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Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
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And so there is no God but has been in the loins of past gods.
• Samuel Butler

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