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121 Famous Quotes by Samuel Butler (1)

A grisly meteor on his face.

Stars Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Cobbler and Vicar of Bray

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This hairy meteor did announce The fall of sceptres and of crowns.

Stars Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, 247)

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Cry out upon the stars for doing Ill offices, to cross their wooing.

Stars Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 17)

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True as the dial to the sun, Although it be not shin'd upon.

Sun dial mottoes Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 175)

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The worst of rebels never arm To do their king or country harm, But draw their swords to do them good, As doctors cure by letting blood.

Rebellion Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts (l. 181)

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Ay me! what perils do environ The man that meddles with cold iron!

Soldiers Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 1)

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So Noah, when he anchor'd safe on The mountain's top, his lofty haven, And all the passengers he bore Were on the new world set ashore, He made it next his chief design To plant and propagate a vine, Which since has overwhelm'd and drown'd Far greater number, on dry ground, Of wretched mankind, one by one, Than all the flood before had done.

Wine and spirits Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Satire Upon Drunkenness (l. 105)

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And still be doing, never done.

Work Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 204)

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For zeal's a dreadful termagant, That teaches saints to tear and cant.

Zeal Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 673)

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Such as take lodgings in a head That's to be let unfurnished.

Mind Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 161)

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Sure 'tis an orthodox opinion, That grace is founded in dominion.

Opinion Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto III, l. 1,173)

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With books and money placed, for show Like nest eggs, to make clients lay, And for his false opinion pay.

Opinion Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto III, l. 624)

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As men of inward light are wont To turn their optics in upon't.

Perception Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 481)

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The trenchant blade Toledo trusty. For want of fighting was grown rusty, And ate into itself for lack Of somebody to hew and hack.

Peace Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto, l. 359)

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And as the French we conquer'd once, Now give us laws for pantaloons, The length of breeches and the gathers Port-cannons, periwigs, and feathers.

Fashion Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 923)

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Success, the mark no mortal wit, Or surest hand, can always hit: For whatsoe'er we perpetrate, We do but row, we're steer'd by Fate, Which in success oft disinherits, For spurious causes, noblest merits.

Fate Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 879)

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As you sow y' are like to reap.

Results Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto II, l. 504)

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Besides 'tis known he could speak Greek As naturally as pigs squeak; That Latin was no more difficile That to a blackbird 'tis to whistle.

Linguists Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 51)

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A Babylonish dialect Which learned pedants much affect.

Linguists Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 93)

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'Cause grace and virtue are within Prohibited degrees of kin; And therefore no true saint allows, They shall be suffer'd to espouse.

Matrimony Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,293)

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If he that in the field is slain Be in the bed of honour lain, He that is beaten may be said To lie in Honour's truckle-bed.

Honor Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 1,047)

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Now, while the honour thou hast got Is spick and span new.

Honor Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 397)

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Honor is like a widow, won With brisk attempt and putting on.

Honor Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I)

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Look before you ere you leap.

Prudence Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I)

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'Tis true no lover has that pow'r T' enforce a desperate amour, As he that has two strings t' his bow, And burns for love and money too.

Prudence Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1)

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