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I went to the Bach Choir concert and heard Mozart's Requiem. I did not rise warmly to it. Then I heard an extract from Parsifal which I disliked very much. If Bach wriggles, Wagner writhes...


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SAMUEL BUTLER
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
SAMUEL BUTLER
Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficaci...
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We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
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People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or a...
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The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
SAMUEL BUTLER
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
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Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
SAMUEL BUTLER
God cannot alter the past, that is why he is obliged to connive at the existence of historians
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To swallow gudgeons ere they're catched, And count their chickens ere they're hatched
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People are lucky and unlucky...according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been ...
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No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jur...
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The dons of Oxford and Cambridge are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anyth...
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In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfyin...
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It has been said that though God cannot alter the past, historians can; it is perhaps because they c...
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Quoth Hudibras, I smell a rat; Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate
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A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.
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Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble...
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If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall long be surprised to fi...
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We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to them.
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Feast of Harriet Monsell of Clewer, Religious, 1883 The New Jerusalem, when it comes, will probab...
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The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may -make a fool of yourself with him and not only will ...
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Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear i...
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The mistakes made by doctors are innumerable. They err habitually on the side of optimism as to trea...
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I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek lon...
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For every why he had a wherefore
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Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
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The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes...
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God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor.
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Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.
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We are not won by arguments that we can analyze but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the m...
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To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he ...
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Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely re...
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Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and des...
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Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
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