Samuel Butler on Life

Samuel Butler was a British satirist, novelist and critic, born on 4 December 1835.

Here are some of his quotes on life:

“Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.”

“Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.”

“Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.”

“Life is not an exact science, it is an art.”

“Feeling is an art and, like any other art, can be acquired by taking pains.”

Samuel Butler è stato un autore satirico, romanziere e critico inglese, nato il 4 dicembre 1835.

Ecco alcune delle sue citazioni sulla vita:

La vita è l’arte di trarre conclusioni sufficienti da premesse insufficienti.”

“La vita è come suonare un assolo di violino in pubblico e imparare a suonare lo strumento man mano che si procede”.

La vita è come la musica, deve essere composta con orecchio, sentimento, istinto, e non con le regole.”

La vita non è una scienza esatta, è un’arte.”

“Sentire è un’arte e, come ogni altra arte, si acquisisce con dolore e fatica”.

Nella mia foto: i Faggi di Verzy, nel Parco Naturale Regionale della Montagna di Reims


58 thoughts on “Samuel Butler on Life

      1. Sì, perché la vita è proprio così: con il tempo si acquisiscono le esperienze che ci fanno maturare e crescere e se per caso c’è qualche “stecca” durante il percorso, l’importante non è abbattersi e “riprendere a suonare”, 🙂.

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