Samuel Butler Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old samuel butler quotes, samuel butler sayings, and samuel butler proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Great actions are not always true sons of great and mighty resolutions.      

Samuel Butler

Keep your friendships in repair.      

Samuel Butler

The greatest 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

Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon.      

Samuel Butler

To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.      

Samuel Butler

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.     

Samuel Butler

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.     

Samuel Butler

Doubtless the pleasure is as great Of being cheated as to cheat.     

Samuel Butler

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.     

Samuel Butler

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.     

Samuel Butler

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.     

Samuel Butler

The truest characters of ignorance Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance.     

Samuel Butler

You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.     

Samuel Butler

Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.     

Samuel Butler

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

Memory and forgetfulness are as life and death to one another. To live is to remember and to remember is to live. To die is to forget and to forget is to die.     

Samuel Butler

Independence is essential for permanent but fatal to immediate success.     

Samuel Butler

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.     

Samuel Butler

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.     

Samuel Butler

A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.     

Samuel Butler

Every person's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of that person.     

Samuel Butler

The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.     

Samuel Butler

Oaths are but words, and words but wind.     

Samuel Butler

Oaths are but words, and words but wind.     

Samuel Butler

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

I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.     

Samuel Butler

We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to them.     

Samuel Butler

The greatest 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

Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.     

Samuel Butler

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.     

Samuel Butler