Samuel Butler Quotes

The body is but a pair of pincers set over bellows and a stew pan and the whole fixed upon stilts.

The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

They had two distinct commercial systems, of which the one appealed more strongly to the imagination than anything to which we are accustomed in Europe, inasmuch as the banks that were conducted upon this system were decorated in the most profuse fashion, and all mercantile transactions were accompanied with music, so that they were called […]

The greatest drunkards are the worst Judges of Wine. The most Insatiable Leachers the most Ignorant Criticks in Women, and the Greediest Appetites, of the best Cookery of Meats – for those that use Excess in any Thing never understand the Truth of it, which always lies in the Mean.

Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud and vain: By this the fool commands the wise, The noble-with the base complies, The sot assumes the rule of wit, And cowards make the brave submit.

I am the “enfant terrible” of literature and science. If I cannot, and I know I cannot, get the literary and scientific big-wigs to give me a shilling, I can, and I know I can, heave bricks into the middle of them.

Theist and atheist: The fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.

The history of art is the history of revivals.

We are not won by arguments that we can analyze but by the tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself.

He’d undertake to prove, by force of argument, a man’s no horse. He’d prove a buzzard is no fowl, and that a Lord may be an owl, a calf an Alderman, a goose a justice, and rooks, Committee-men or Trustees.