author who published a variety of works. Two of his most famous pieces are the Utopian satire Erewhon
and a semi-autobiographical novel published posthumously, The Way of All Flesh
. He is also known for examining Christian
orthodoxy, substantive studies of evolutionary thought
, studies of Italian art, and works of literary history and criticism. Butler also made prose translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey which remain in use to this day.
He was born at the rectory in the village of Langar
, near Bingham
to the Rev. Thomas Butler, son of Dr. Samuel Butler
, headmaster of Shrewsbury School
and eventual Bishop of Lichfield
The Discobolus is put here because he is vulgar -He has neither vest nor pants with which to cover his limbs.
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
God's merits are so transcendent that it is not surprising his faults should be in reasonable proportion.
It is the manner of gods and prophets to begin: "Thou shalt have none other God or Prophet but me." If I were to start as a God or a prophet I think I should take the line: "Thou shalt not believe in me. Thou shalt not have me for a God. Thou shalt worship any d_____d thing thou likest except me." This should be my first and great commandment, and my second should be like unto it.
Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
We can see nothing face to face; our utmost seeing is but a fumbling of blind finger-ends in an overcrowded pocket.
The limits of the body seem well defined enough as definitions go, but definitions seldom go far.