Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbours, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

To give pain is the tyranny to make happy, the true empire of beauty.


Samuel Butler

896

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.


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

The history of art is the history of revivals.


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

The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation.


Samuel Butler

896

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

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

896

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.


Samuel Butler

896

Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.


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

Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?


Samuel Butler

896

A man’s friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage - but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

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


Samuel Butler

896

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