Quotations From SAMUEL BUTLER

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  • 131.
    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 (1835-1902), British author. The Way of All Flesh, ch. 34 (1903).
  • 132.
    There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 241 (1951).

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  • 133.
    We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 133, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 134.
    In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 279, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 135.
    Then spare the rod and spoil the child.
    Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. Hudibras, pt. 2, cto. 1 (1663-1678).

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  • 136.
    The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 223 (1951).
  • 137.
    It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 219 (1951).
  • 138.
    America was too big to have been discovered all at one time. It would have been better for the graces if it had been discovered in pieces of about the size of France or Germany at a time.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 135, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 139.
    It is seldom very hard to do one's duty when one knows what it is, but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 121, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 140.
    The old saying of Buffon's that style is the man himself is as near the truth as we can get—but then most men mistake grammar for style, as they mistake correct spelling for words or schooling for education.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1903; this remark deleted from first publication by Butler's literary executor, R.A. Streatfield. Ernest Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh, ch. 2, p. 7, Houghton Mifflin (1964).

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