Butler Quotes

"At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the W...

"At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War [I]. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows." -- Smedley Butler, "War is a Racket"
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jan 23
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All animals, except man, know ...

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it. – Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jan 10
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It’s only natural that a person become...

It’s only natural that a person becomes quieter as they grow older. They’ve got more to keep quiet about. – Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 13
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"For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a sus...

"For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it." -- Smedley Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 17
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β€œDo not wait to strike till th...

β€œDo not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” β€” William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 03
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"People care more about being thought t...

"People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable." β€” Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 14
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β€œOut of the quarrel with others we make...

β€œOut of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.” – William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Sep 28
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"Any fool can tell the truth, but...

"Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well." β€” Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Aug 16
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He who has no hope and who ...

He who has no hope and who expects not to achieve anything, will never do so. - C Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Aug 20
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β€œDo not wait to strike till th...

β€œDo not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” ~ William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ May 08
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"Genius might be described as a supre...

"Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds." β€” Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jun 20
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War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in w...

War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. -- Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps major general twice honored with the Medal of Honor
πŸ“…οΈŽ May 02
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Brigands demand your money...

Brigands demand your money or your life, whereas women require both. -- Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Apr 12
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Most people have never learne...

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it. Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Feb 10
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"Man is the only animal t...

"Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature." β€” Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Apr 03
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Education is not filling...

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Feb 18
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"Man is the only animal that can remain o...

"Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them." β€” Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jan 17
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" Life is like playing a violin ...

" Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. "_ Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Sep 13
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Life is like playing a violin ...

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 04
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"Let us be grateful to the m...

"Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only." - Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Aug 26
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Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor...

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing. --John Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ May 31
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'For he that fights and runs away, may turn an...

'For he that fights and runs away, may turn and fight another day; but he who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again.' -Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jun 20
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Education is not filling...

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Sep 17
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"I have a huge and savage cons...

"I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things." - Octavia E. Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jun 23
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β€œThe most impressive fact in American life is the subs...

β€œThe most impressive fact in American life is the substantial unity of view in regard to the fundamental questions of government and of conduct.” -Nicholas Butler, 1908
πŸ“…οΈŽ May 07
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"Once upon a time I discovered Samuel Butler [of 'The Way of All Flesh'], the second-best novel i...

"Once upon a time I discovered Samuel Butler [of 'The Way of All Flesh'], the second-best novel in the English language. I say the second-best, so that, if you remind me of Tom Jones, or The Mayor of Casterbridge, or any other that you fancy, I can say, of course, that one is the best." A. A. Milne
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 29
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"Think where man's glory most begin...

"Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends." - William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 18
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"Life is like playing a violin so...

"Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on." - Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 05
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Do not wait to strike till th...

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. -William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ May 10
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β€œAll of the animals except for man...

β€œAll of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.” β€” Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Aug 23
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Optimism is essential to achievement a...

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. - Nicholas Murray Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Aug 10
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"Passion is o...

"Passion is oxygen of the soul." (~Bill Butler)
πŸ“…οΈŽ Sep 21
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He who has no hope and who ...

He who has no hope and who expects not to achieve anything, will never do so. - C Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Sep 21
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"Think where man's glory most begin...

"Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends." - William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 17
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As far as I'm concerned, 'whom' is ...

As far as I'm concerned, 'whom' is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler. Calvin Trillin
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 28
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Let us be grateful to the m...

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only - Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Apr 14
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"Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for...

"Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over." - Octavia Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Feb 09
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"There are no strangers he...

"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 07
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β€œOne man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another f...

β€œOne man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” ~ Edward B. Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 08
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"To himself everyone is immortal; he may...

"To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead." - Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 27
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Life is the art of drawing su...

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises." -Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 20
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"We are such dreary liars. Our one idea is to lie to ourselves. We have an ideal of a perfect wor...

"We are such dreary liars. Our one idea is to lie to ourselves. We have an ideal of a perfect world, clean and straight and sufficient. So we cover the earth with foulness; life is a blotch of labour, like insects scurrying in filth, so that... you can have a butler and a motor-car" - D.H.Lawrence
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 18
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"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the banke...

"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket." - Smedley Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 07
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"Do not wait to strike till t...

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 10
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Ah, the patter of little feet aroun...

Ah, the patter of little feet around the house. There's nothing like having a midget for a butler. W. C. Fields
πŸ“…οΈŽ Dec 13
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"Genius is no respecter of time, trouble, mon...

"Genius is no respecter of time, trouble, money or persons, the four things round which human affairs turn most persistently." - Samuel Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ May 11
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"The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation ...

"The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards." -Sir William Francis Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Feb 12
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β€œAll struggles are essentially power struggles. Who will rule? Who will lead? Who will defin...

β€œAll struggles are essentially power struggles. Who will rule? Who will lead? Who will define, refine, confine, design? Who will dominate? All struggles are essentially power struggles,and most are no more intellectual than two rams knocking their heads together.” ― Octavia E. Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jul 14
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The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of ...

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. ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912
πŸ“…οΈŽ Nov 25
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"I believe in adequate defense a...

"I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else." -Smedley Butler (on interventionism)
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 02
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β€œEducation is not filling...

β€œEducation is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
πŸ“…οΈŽ Mar 07
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America is the best ha...

America is the best half-educated country in the world -Nicholas M. Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Jun 30
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"There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has ...

"There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism." -Smedley Butler
πŸ“…οΈŽ Sep 05
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