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121 Famous Quotes by Samuel Butler (1)

Great wits and valours, like great states, Do sometimes sink with their own weights.

Wit Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 269)

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Unconscious humor.

Humor Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Life and Habit

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Cheered up himself with ends of verse And sayings of philosophers.

Cheerfulness Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 1011)

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But still his tongue ran on, the less Of weight it bore, with greater ease.

Talk Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 443)

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With vollies of eternal babble.

Talk Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 453)

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The moon pull'd off her veil of light, That hides her face by day from sight (Mysterious veil, of brightness made,) That's both her lustre and her shade), And in the lantern of the night, With shining horns hung out her light.

Moon Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 905)

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He made an instrument to know If the moon shine at full or no; That would, as soon as e'er she shone straight, Whether 'twere day or night demonstrate; Tell what her d'ameter to an inch is, And prove that she's not made of green cheese.

Moon Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 261)

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He that complies against his will, Is of his own opinion still, Which he may adhere to, yet disown, For reasons to himself best known.

Will Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto III, l. 547)

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Shear swine, all cry and no wool.

Swine Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 852)

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You have a wrong sow by the ear.

Swine Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 580)

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He could raise scruples dark and nice, And after solve 'em in a trice; As if Divinity had catch'd The itch, on purpose to be scratched.

Ability Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 163)

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For as our modern wits behold, Mounted a pick-back on the old, Much farther off, much further he, Rais'd on his aged Beast, could see.

Ability Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 971)

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Beside, he was a shrewd philosopher, And had read ev'ry text and gloss over Whate'er the crabbed'st author hath, He understood b' implicit faith.

Philosophy Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 127)

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Videlicit, That each man swore to do his best To damn and perjure all the rest.

Resolution Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 630)

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Like men condemned to thunderbolts, Who, ere the blow, become mere dolts.

Insanity Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 565)

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The self-same thing they will abhor One way, and long another for.

Abhorrence Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 219)

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Quoth Sidrophel, If you suppose, Sir Knight, that I am one of those, I might suspect, and take th' alarm, You bus'ness is but to inform; But if it be, 'tis ne'er the near, You have a wrong sow by the ear.

Suspicion Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 575)

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For blocks are better cleft with wedges, Tan tools of sharp or subtle edges, And dullest nonsense has been found By some to be the most profound.

Nonsense Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Pindaric Ode (IV, l. 82)

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And bid the devil take the hin'most.

Devil Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 633)

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

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

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For trouts are tickled best in muddy water.

Trout Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: On a Hypocritical Nonconformist (st. 4)

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