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  • Science, after all, is only an expression for our ignorance of our own ignorance.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 233 (1951).
  • The first duty of a conscientious person is to have his or her conscience absolutely under his or her own control.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 140, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 157 (1951).

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  • Let every man be true and every god a liar.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 277, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 282, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
  • There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
    Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. Genuine Remains in Verse and Prose, vol. 2 (1759).

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  • I believe that he was really sorry that people would not believe he was sorry that he was not more sorry.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 193 (1951).

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  • If the wages of sin are death, what else, I should like to know, is the wages of virtue?
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 247, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 260, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).

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  • Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
    Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 56 (1951).

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