"Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Samuel Butler on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Samuel Butler on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Samuel Butler on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Samuel Butler on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Samuel Butler on Abraham Lincoln
"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."