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Samuel Butler
(baptised 14 Feb 1612 - 1680)

English poet and satirist who wrote Hudibras, which continued to be reprinted through the centuries since his death.

Science Quotes by Samuel Butler (3 quotes)

Samuel Butler, poet (1612-1680)
Samuel Butler, poet (1612-1680)
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All the inventions that the world contains,
Were not by reason first found out, nor brains;
But pass for theirs who had the luck to light
Upon them by mistake or oversight.
— Samuel Butler
Under 'Butler's Poems: Miscellaneous Thoughts', in Samuel Johnson (ed.), The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper(1810), Vol. 8, 227.
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He made an instrument to know If the moon shine at full or no;
That would, as soon as e’er she shone straight,
Whether ‘twere day or night demonstrate;
Tell what her d’ameter to an inch is,
And prove that she’s not made of green cheese.
— Samuel Butler
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This hairy meteor did announce
The fall of sceptres and of crowns.
— Samuel Butler
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