Samuel Butler
Quotations


Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.

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.

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

If there is any moral in Christianity, if there is anything to be learned from it, if the whole story is not profitless from first to last, it comes to this: that a man should back his own opinion against the world's.

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.

There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.

I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.



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