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 :: 1612-1680, British Poet, Satirist

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A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.
~ Samuel Butler - [Understanding]

 

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A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
~ Samuel Butler - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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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 - [Genius]

 

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A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
~ Samuel Butler - [Animals]

 

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A lawyers dream of heaven; every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
~ Samuel Butler - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
~ Samuel Butler - [Culture]

 

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A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage -- but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.
~ Samuel Butler - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
~ Samuel Butler - [Doctors]

 

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A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
~ Samuel Butler - [Virtue]

 

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All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
~ Samuel Butler - [Fun]

 

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All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
~ Samuel Butler - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
~ Samuel Butler - [Excess]

 

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An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.
~ Samuel Butler - [Home]

 

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Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
~ Samuel Butler - [Lies and Lying]

 

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Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
~ Samuel Butler - [Argument]

 

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Because they did not see merit where they should have seen it, people, to express their regret, will go and leave a lot of money to the very people who will be the first to throw stones at the next person who has anything to say and finds a difficulty in getting a hearing.
~ Samuel Butler - [Benefactors]

 

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Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
~ Samuel Butler - [Belief]

 

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Birth and death are so closely related that one could not destroy either without destroying the other at the same time. It is extinction that makes creation possible.
~ Samuel Butler - [Birth]

 

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Compound for sins they are inclined to by damning those they have no mind to.
~ Samuel Butler - [Moralists]

 

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Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
~ Samuel Butler - [Conscience]

 

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