Quotes of Samuel Butler 
- There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule.
- The three most important parts a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money and his religious beliefs.
- The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense.
- Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty.
- If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
- It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something.
- 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.
- People care more about being thought to have taste than about being good, clever, or amiable.
- All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
- All philosophies, if you ride them, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
- Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
- Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
- All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
- When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
- It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.