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Her voice, the music of the spheres, So loud, it deafens mortals' ears; As wise philosophers have thought, And that's the cause we hear it not.

Music Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 617)

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For discords make the sweetest airs.

Music Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 919)

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Fear is an ague, that forsakes And haunts, by fits, those whom it takes; And they'll opine they feel the pain And blows they felt, to-day, again.

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

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His fear was greater than his haste: For fear, though fleeter than the wind, Believes 'tis always left behind.

Fear Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto III, l. 64)

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And though it be a two-foot trout, 'Tis with a single hair pulled out.

Hair Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras

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A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.

Ancestry Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: "Characters" A Degenerate Noblemen

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As if Religion were intended For nothing else but to be mended.

Religion Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 205)

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Synods are mystical Bear-gardens. Where Elders, Deputies, Church-wardens, And other Members of the Court, Manage the Babylonish sport.

Religion Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 1095)

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So 'ere the storm of war broke out, Religion spawn'd a various rout Of petulant capricious sects, That maggots of corrupted texts, That first run all religion down, And after every swarm its own.

Religion Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 7)

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I dare be bold, you're one of those Have took the covenant, With cavaliers are cavaliers And with the saints, a saint.

Royalty Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: The Tale of the Cobbler and the Vicar of Bray

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Whatever I can say or do. I'm sure not much avails; I shall still Vicar be of Bray, Whichever side prevails.

Royalty Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Tale of the Cobbler and the Vicar of Bray, in posthumous works

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I loved no King since Forty One When Prelacy went down, A Cloak and Band I then put on, And preached against the Crown.

Royalty Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: The Turn-Coat, in posthumous works

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He was in Logic, a great critic, Profoundly skill'd in Analytic; He could distinguish, and divide A hair 'twixt south and south-west side.

Criticism Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 65)

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For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope.

Oratory Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 81)

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Doubtless the pleasure is as great Of being cheated as to cheat.

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

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For his religion, it was fit To match his learning and his wit; 'Twas Presbyterian true blue; For he was of that stubborn crew Of errant saints, whom all men grant To be the true Church Militant; Such as do build their faith upon The holy text of pike and gun; Decide all controversies by Infallible artillery; And prove their doctrine orthodox, By Apostolic blows and knocks.

Doctrine Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 189)

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What makes all doctrines plain and clear?-- About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was prov'd true before Prove false again? Two hundred more.

Doctrine Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,277)

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'Tis virtue, wit, and worth, and all That men divine and sacred call; For what is worth, in anything, But so much money as 't will bring?

Worth Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 463)

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This was the penn'worth of his thought.

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

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Learn'd he was in medic'nal lore, For by his side a pouch he wore, Replete with strange hermetic powder That wounds nine miles point-blank would solder.

Medicine Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 223)

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H' had got a hurt O' th' inside of a deadlier sort.

Wounds Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 309)

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Have always been at daggers-drawing, And one another clapper-clawing.

Dissension Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto II, l.79)

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Compound for sins they are inclin'd to, By damning those they have no mind to.

Sin Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto !, l. 215)

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The oyster-women lock'd their fish up, And trudged away to cry, No Bishop.

Reform Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 537)

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We grant, although he had much wit, H' was very shy of using it, As being loth to wear it out, And therefore bore it not about; Unless on holy days or so, As men their best apparel do.

Wit Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 45)

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