Samuel Butler Quotes

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall long be surprised to find out how little remains that we cannot do.

A Definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.

An Apology for the Devil: It must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.

Our last and best defense, despair; Despair, by which the gallantest feats have been achieved in greatest straits.

We grow weary of those things (and perhaps soonest) which we most desire.

Not long ago a much esteemed writer informed the world that he felt “disposed to cry out with delight” before a figure by Michael Angelo. I wonder whether he would feel disposed to cry out before a real Michael Angelo, if the critics had decided that it was not genuine, or before a reputed Michael […]

You may say that it is your misfortune to be criminal; I answer that it is your crime to be unfortunate.

Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden – not silence.

The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing should be taken too seriously.