"Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Samuel Butler on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Samuel Butler on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Samuel Butler on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Samuel Butler on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Samuel Butler on Mark Twain
"Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself."
"The history of art is the history of revivals."
"Life is not an exact science, it is an art."
"Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises."
"The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money."