Samuel Butler Quotes

For ’tis in vain to think or guess, At women by appearances.

An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.

Man, unlike animals, has never learned that the sole purpose in life is to enjoy it.

One who is proud of ancestry is like a turnip; there is nothing good of him but that which is underground.

Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.

If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.

Birds are taken with pipes that imitate their own voices, and men with those sayings that are most agreeable to their own opinions.

Adversity, if a man is set down to it by degrees, is more supportable with equanimity by most people than any great prosperity arrived at in a single lifetime.

Nothing is well done nor worth doing unless, take it all round, it has come pretty easily.