Samuel Butler Quotes

It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 237 (1951).
A sense of humour keen enough to show a man his own absurdities as well as those of other people will keep a man from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those that are worth committing.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 131, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 250 (1951).
Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 65 (1951).
Be virtuous—and you will be vicious.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 160, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
Science, after all, is only an expression for our ignorance of our own ignorance.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 233 (1951).
The first duty of a conscientious person is to have his or her conscience absolutely under his or her own control.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 140, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 157 (1951).
What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, "I bet that my Redeemer liveth."
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (first publ. 1912, 1951).
The world will only, in the end, follow those who have despised as well as served it.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1951).