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BISHOP JOSEPH BUTLER
English bishop of Durham and religious writer
(1692 - 1752)

But to us, probability is the very guide of life.
      - [Probability]

In all common ordinary cases, we see intuitively at first view what is out duty, what is the honest part. This is the ground of the observation, that the first thought is often the best. In these cases, doubt and deliberation is itself dishonesty; as it was in Balaam upon the second message.
      - [Duty]

The love of liberty that is not a real principle of dutiful behavior to authority is as hypocritical as the religion that is not productive of a good life.
      - [Liberty]

Virtue is not to be considered in the light of mere innocence, or abstaining from harm; but as the exertion of our faculties in doing good.
      - [Virtue]

To us probability is the very guide of life.
      - Analogy (preface) [Probability]

The first thought is often the best.
      - Sermon on the Character of Balaam--Seventh Sermon
        [Thought]

Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be; why then should we desire to be deceived?
      - Sermon VII--On the Character of Balaam
         (last paragraph) [Fate]


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