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Samuel Butler (poet) Quotes

For things said false and never meant,
Do oft prove true by accident.
Upon Modern Critics, Samuel Butler Poet

For daring nonsense seldom fails to hit,
Like scattered shot, and pass with some for wit.
Upon Modern Critics, Samuel Butler Poet

There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
Samuel Butler Poet

Opinion governs all mankind,
Like the blind’s leading of the blind.
Miscellaneous Thoughts, Samuel Butler Poet

The souls of women are so small,
That some believe they’ve none at all;
Or if they have, like cripples, still
They’ve but one faculty, the will.
Miscellaneous Thoughts, Samuel Butler Poet

Those fierce inquisitors of wit,
The critics, spare no flesh that ever writ;
But, just as tooth-drawers, find, among the rout,
Their own teeth work in pulling others out.
Prologue to The Queen of Arragon, Samuel Butler Poet

In all the world there is no vice
Less prone t’ excess than avarice;
It neither cares for food nor clothing;
Nature’s content with little – that with nothing.
Miscellaneous Thoughts, Samuel Butler Poet

The feeblest vermin can destroy,
As sure as stoutest beasts of prey;
And only with their eyes and breath
Infect, and poison men to death.
Samuel Butler Poet

Man with raging drink inflam’d,
Is far more savage and untamed;
Supplies his loss of wit and sense
With barb’rousness and insolence;
Believes himself, the less he’s able
The more heroic and formidable.
Upon Drunkenness, Samuel Butler Poet

Critics are a kind of wild flies, that breed
In wild fig trees, and when they’re grown up feed
Upon the raw fruit of the nobler kind,
And by their nibbling on the outer rind,
Open the pores, and make way for the sun
To ripen it sooner than he would have done.
Miscellaneous Thoughts, Samuel Butler Poet

And poets by their sufferings grow, -
As if there were no more to do,
To make a poet excellent,
But only want and discontent.
Miscellaneous Thoughts, Samuel Butler Poet

The truest characters of ignorance
Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet

For ’tis in vain to think to guess,
At women by appearances.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet

So justice while she winks at crimes,
Stumbles on innocence sometimes.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet

Great actions are not always true sons
Of great and mighty resolutions.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet

For every why he had a wherefore.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet

He could distinguish, and divide
A hair ‘twixt south and south-west side.
On either which he would dispute,
Confute, change hands, and still confute.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet

Love is a boy, by poets styled,
Then spare the rod, and spoil the child.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet

I’ve heard old cunning stagers
Say, fools for arguments use wagers.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet

To have the power to forgive,
Is empire and prerogative,
And ’tis in crowns a nobler gem,
To grant a pardon than condemn.
Hudibras, Samuel Butler Poet