Aphorisms by author: Samuel Butler

The history of art is the history of revivals.
By theme : Art History
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.
By theme : Life Wit
God cannot alter the past, but historians can.
By theme : History Wit
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
By theme : Wit
A hen is only an egg`s way of making another egg.
By theme : Wit
All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
By theme : Life
Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
By theme : Religion
Every man`s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
By theme : Art Creativity Psychology Wisdom
To live is to love; all reason is against it; instinct is for it.
By theme : Life Love Reason
The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
By theme : Behavior Psychology
Life is one long process of getting tired.
By theme : Life
Silence is not always tact, and it is tact that is golden, not silence.
By theme : Behavior
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
By theme : Friendship Money
Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it shall perish by it.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
By theme : Behavior Humor Society Wit
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
By theme : Lie Reason Truth
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
By theme : Life
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