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SAMUEL BUTLER (2)
English writer, scholar, artist, philosopher and satirist
(1835 - 1902)
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All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
      - [Enjoyment : Life]

If the reader will excuse me, I will say nothing of my antecedents, nor of the circumstances which led me to leave my native country, the narrative would be tedious to him and painful to myself. Suffice it, that when I left home it was with the intention of going to some new colony, and either finding, or even perhaps purchasing, waste crown land suitable for cattle or sheep farming, by which means I thought that I could better my fortunes more rapidly than in England.
      - Erewhon [Books (First Lines)]

Oh God! Oh Montreal!
      - Psalm of Montreal,
        see "Spectator", May 18, 1878 [Montreal]

Such is my friend's latest development. He would not, it is true, run much chance at present of trying to found a College of Spiritual Pathology, but I must leave the reader to determine whether there is not a strong family likeness between the Ernest of the College of Spiritual Pathology and the Ernest who will insist on addressing the next generation rather than his own. He says he trusts that there is not, and takes the sacrament duly once a year as a sop to Nemesis lest he should again feel strongly upon any subject. It rather fatigues him, but "no man's opinions," he sometimes says, "can be worth holding unless he knows how to deny them easily and gracefully upon occasion in the cause of charity." In politics he is a Conservative so far as his vote and interest are concerned. In all other respects he is an advanced Radical. His father and grandfather could probably no more understand his state of mind than they could understand Chinese, but those who know him intimately do not know that they wish him greatly different from what he actually is.
      - The Way of All Flesh [Books (Last Lines)]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

When I was a small boy at the beginning of the century I remember an old man who wore knee-breeches and worsted stockings, and who used to hobble about the street of our village with the help of a stick. He must have been getting on for eighty in the year 1807, earlier than which date I suppose I can hardly remember him, for I was born in 1802. . . . His name was Pontifex.
      - The Way of All Flesh [Books (First Lines)]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  


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