The Note-books of Samuel Butler ...

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E. P. Dutton, 1917 - Satire, English - 437 pages
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Page 205 - All things have I seen in the days of my vanity : there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish : why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Page 205 - Wisdom crieth without ; she uttereth her voice in the streets : "She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words
Page 31 - If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord who may abide it?" and by this he admits that the highest conceivable form of virtue still leaves room for some compromise with vice. So again Shakespeare writes, "They say, best men are moulded out of faults; And, for the most, become much more the better For being a little bad.
Page 357 - the slow sad hours that bring us all things ill and all good things from evil, because this is vague and indefinite ; but I may not say that, in spite of the terrible consequences of drunkenness, man's intellectual development would not have reached its present stage without the stimulus of alcohol—which I believe to be both perfectly true and pretty generally
Page 3 - 1888. Ex Voto: an account of the Sacro Monte or New Jerusalem at Varallo-Sesia, with some notice of Tabachetti's remaining work at Crea and illustrations from photographs by the author:
Page 32 - They say, best men are moulded out of faults; And, for the most, become much more the better For being a little bad.
Page 189 - it on record that I never took the smallest pains with my style, have never thought about it, and do not know or want to know whether it is a style at all or whether it is not. as I believe and hope, just common, simple straightforwardness. I cannot conceive how any man can take thought for
Page 269 - Public Opinion The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.
Page 222 - Dogs The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
Page 347 - Above all things, let no unwary reader do me the injustice of believing in me. In that I write at all I am among the damned. If he must believe in anything, let him believe in the music of Handel, the painting of Giovanni Bellini, and in the thirteenth chapter of St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians

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