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Quotes by Samuel Butler
(1835 - 1902)

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AlcholismIf the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
ChristiansPeople in general are equally horrified at hearing the Chrisian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
EatingMan is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them
HatredIt does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something.
ImmortalityTo himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
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LieingAny fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
LifeLife is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
LifeLife is one long process of getting tired.
Love'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have lost at all.
LoveIt is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.
ManThe three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.
ManIs life worth living? This is a question for an embryo, not for a man.
ManMan is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
MoneyAll progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
PrayerPrayers are to men as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them seriously.
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