For most men, and most circumstances, pleasure --tangible material prosperity in this world --is the safest test of virtue. Progress has ever been through the pleasures rather than through the extreme sharp virtues, and the most virtuous have leaned to…
Quote by Samuel Butler
The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.
It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music...
There is no true gracefulness which is not epitomized goodness.
If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good,...
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is...
Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on...
To be at all is to be religious more or less
Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.
The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing...
To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy...
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life...
There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth.
The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money.
Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.
Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees...
Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.