Samuel Butler Quotes

A man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.

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

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

If Bach wriggles, Wagner writhes.

Cleanliness is almost as bad as godliness.

People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and seeing it practiced.

If old Pontifex had had Cromwell’s chances he would have done all that Cromwell did, and have done it better; if he had had Giotto’s chances he would have done all that Giotto did, and done it no worse; as it was, he was a village carpenter, and I will undertake to say he never […]

When I was there I found their jokes, like their roads – very long and not very good, leading to a little tin point of a spire which has been remorselessly obvious for miles without seeming to get any nearer.

For brevity is very good, where we are, or are not understood.

The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.