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Quotations From SAMUEL BUTLER

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  • 1.
    Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbours, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1951).
  • 2.
    Entertaining angels unawares: It is always we who are to entertain the angels, and never they us. I cannot, however, think that an angel would be a very entertaining person, either as guest or host.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 154, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 3.
    The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 90 (1951).
  • 4.
    A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 257 (1951).

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  • 5.
    Man is a jelly which quivers so much as to run about.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 129, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 6.
    Our minds want clothes as much as our bodies.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 201, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 7.
    A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 88 (1951).

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  • 8.
    Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Life," (1912).

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  • 9.
    Thought reading is like the circulation of the blood. We are all thought readers only we don't pay attention to it.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 141, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 10.
    To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 255 (1951).

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