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Samuel Butler quotes

The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it.

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.

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

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.

The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

Life is one long process of getting tired.

Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

It is tact that is golden, not silence.

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.

Life is not an exact science, it is an art.

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.

To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.

Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.

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

Self-preservation is the first law of nature.