Samuel Butler

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Christ was only crucified once and for a few hours. Think of the hundreds of thousands whom Christ has been crucifying in a quiet way ever since.

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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.

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Samuel Butler

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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.

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Samuel Butler

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The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.

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Samuel Butler

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God as now generally conceived of is only the last witch.

Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler

   God
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The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.

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Samuel Butler

   Light
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Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better.

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Samuel Butler

   Death
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Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.

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Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping. A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine.

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Samuel Butler

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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.

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Samuel Butler

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To know God better is only to realize how impossible it is that we should ever know him at all. I know not which is more childish to deny him, or define him.

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Samuel Butler

   God
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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.

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Samuel Butler

   Best
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Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.

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A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.

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Samuel Butler

   Humor
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Christ: I dislike him very much. Still, I can stand him. What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people whose profession is to hoodwink us about him.

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Samuel Butler

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If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.

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Samuel Butler

   God
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I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.

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People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.

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Samuel Butler

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Our minds want clothes as much as our bodies.

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I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.

Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler

   Time