"They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'"
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Samuel Butler on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Samuel Butler on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Samuel Butler on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Samuel Butler on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Samuel Butler on Booker T. Washington
"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."