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Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler

Called the greatest English writer of the 19th century by George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Butler is known mostly for his satire such as "Erewhon", which was about a fictitious country where the sick and sad were sent to jail and robbers were rewarded. "The Way of All Flesh" was probably his most famous work, which was autobiographical in nature and published after his death. Butler originally …

Date of Birth: December 04, 1835
Date of Death: June 18, 1902


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Samuel Butler

"Life is not an exact science, it is an art." Samuel Butler
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"Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on." Samuel Butler
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"Friendship is like money, easier made than kept." Samuel Butler
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"When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once" Samuel Butler
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"People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable." Samuel Butler
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"Through perils both of wind and limb, Through thick and thin she followed him" Samuel Butler
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"Nothing is well done nor worth doing unless, take it all round, it has come pretty easily" Samuel Butler
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"People are lucky and unlucky...according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect." Samuel Butler
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"For most men, and most circumstances, pleasure /tangible material prosperity in this world /is the safest test of virtue. Progress has ever been through the pleasures rather than through the extreme sharp virtues, and the most virtuous have leaned to excess rather than to asceticism." Samuel Butler
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"It has beeen said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly." Samuel Butler
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"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it." Samuel Butler
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"They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'" Samuel Butler
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"The history of art is the history of revivals" Samuel Butler
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"When you've told someone that you've left them a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once." Samuel Butler
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"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." Samuel Butler
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"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 wi" Samuel Butler
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"Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat" Samuel Butler
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"Still amorous, and fond, and billing, / Like Philip and Mary on a shilling." Samuel Butler
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"Learning is like a great house that requires a great charge to keep it in repair" Samuel Butler
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"In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved." Samuel Butler
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"It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us." Samuel Butler
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