The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.


Samuel Butler

896

They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, ’Can he name a kitten?’


Samuel Butler

896

A physician’s physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric’s divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.


Samuel Butler

896

Self-preservation is the first law of nature.


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

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

896

Life is like music it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.


Samuel Butler

896

The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money.


Samuel Butler

896

We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.


Samuel Butler

896

The want of money is the root of all evil.


Samuel Butler

896

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.


Samuel Butler

896

The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.


Samuel Butler

896

Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.


Samuel Butler

896

Brigands demand your money or your life women require both.


Samuel Butler

896

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.


Samuel Butler

896

He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.


Samuel Butler

896

We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.


Samuel Butler

896

Priests are not men of the world it is not intended that they should be and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so.


Samuel Butler

896

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