Samuel Butler Quotes

Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 240, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 197, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
The body is but a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stewpan and the whole fixed upon stilts.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 289, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
A drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it, and buy clothes and send their children to school with it.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 107, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 255 (1951).
Entertaining angels unawares: It is always we who are to entertain the angels, and never they us. I cannot, however, think that an angel would be a very entertaining person, either as guest or host.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 154, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
To himself every one is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 117 (1951).
In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 279, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
Women can stand a beating except when it is with their own weapons.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 266, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Notebooks, "Higgledy-Piggledy," (1912).