There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the general rule.
Samuel Butler Quotes
I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.
The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.
An idea must not be condemned for being a little shy and incoherent; all new ideas are shy when introduced first among our old ones. We should have patience and see whether the incoherency is likely to wear off or to wear on, in which latter case the sooner we get rid of them the […]
That vice pays homage to virtue is notorious; we call it hypocrisy.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat.
If people dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.
How holy people look when they are sea-sick!
Then he saw also that it matters little what profession, whether of religion or irreligion, a man may make, provided only he follows it out with charitable inconsistency, and without insisting on it to the bitter end. It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of […]