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Full text of "The Note Books Of Samuel Butler"

Higgledy-Piggledy             219

Men of Science

If they are worthy ot the name they are indeed about God's
path and about his bed and spying out all his ways.

Sparks

Everything matters more than we think it does, and,
at the same time, nothing matters so much as we think
it does. The merest spark may set all Europe in a blaze,
but though all Europe be set in a blaze twenty times over,
the world will wag itself right again.

Dumb-Bells
I regard them with suspicion as academic.

Purgatory
Time is the only true purgatory.

Greatness
He is greatest who is most often in men's good thoughts.

The Vanity of Human Wishes

There is only one thing vainer and that is the having no
wishes.

Jones's Conscience

He said he had not much conscience, and what little he
had was guilty.

Nihilism

The Nihilists do not believe in nothing; they only believe
in nothing that does not commend itself to themselves ;
that is, they will not allow that anything may be beyond
their comprehension. As their comprehension is not great
their creed is, after all, very nearly nihil.