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Quotations From SAMUEL BUTLER

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  • 31.
    To know is to know the things belonging to one's peace.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 195, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 32.
    Our ideas are for the most part like bad sixpences, and we spend our lives trying to pass them on one another.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 60, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 33.
    The want of money is the root of all evil.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 310 (1951). The aphorism, which has also been credited to Mark Twain, reappeared in Butler's novel, Erewhon, ch. 20 (1872).

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  • 34.
    A man may begin as a bad sound, or even as a bad echo, but he is to be distrusted if he begins as a good echo.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 16, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • 35.
    Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be; and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 271, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 36.
    The little Strangs say the "good words," as they call them, before going to bed, aloud and at their father's knee, or rather in the pit of his stomach. One of them was lately heard to say "Forgive us our christmasses as we forgive them that christmas against us."
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 274, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 37.
    The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 275 (1951).

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  • 38.
    Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 223 (1951).

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  • 39.
    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.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 58, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • 40.
    It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 237 (1951).

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