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Full text of "The Note Books Of Samuel Butler"

Elementary Morality

The Foundations of Morality


These are like all other foundations ; if you dig too much
about them the superstructure will come tumbling down.


The foundations which we would dig about and find are
within us, like the Kingdom of Heaven, rather than without.


To attempt to get at the foundations is to try to recover
consciousness about things that have passed into the un-
conscious stage; it is pretty sure to disturb and derange
those who try it on too much.

Counsels of Imperfection

It is all very well for mischievous writers to maintain
that we cannot serve God and Mammon. Granted that i1
is not easy, but nothing that is worth doing ever is easy.
Easy or difficult, possible or impossible, not only has the
thing got to be done, but it is exactly in doing it that the
whole duty of man consists. And when the righteous man
turneth away from his righteousness that he hath committed
and doeth that which is neither quite lawful nor quite right,
he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what
he has lost in holiness.

If there are two worlds at all (and that there are I have