The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
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The Note-Books of Samuel Butler

By Samuel Butler
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Table of Contents
  • The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
  • Preface
  • Contents
  • Biographical Statement
  • I Lord, What is Man?
    • Man
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
      • vii
    • Life
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
      • vii
      • viii
      • ix
      • x
      • xi
      • xii
      • xiii
      • xiv
      • xv
      • xvi
    • The World
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
    • The Individual and the World
    • My Life
      • i
      • ii
    • The Life we Live in Others
    • The World Made to Enjoy
    • Living in Others
    • Karma
    • Birth and Death
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
    • Reproduction
    • Thinking almost Identically
    • Is Life Worth Living?
    • Evacuations
    • Man and His Organism
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
    • Tools
    • Organs and Makeshifts
    • Joining and DisjoiningThese are the essence of change.
    • Cotton Factories
    • Our Trivial Bodies
      • i
      • ii
  • II Elementary Morality
    • The Foundations of Morality
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
    • Counsels of Imperfection
    • Lucifer
    • The Oracle in Erewhon
    • God’s Laws
    • Physical Excellence
    • Intellectual Self-Indulgence
    • Dodging Fatigue
    • Vice and Virtue
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
    • My Virtuous Life
    • Sin
    • Morality
    • Change and Immorality
    • Cannibalism
    • Abnormal Developments
    • Young People
    • The Family
      • i
      • ii
    • Unconscious Humour
    • Homer’s Odyssey
    • Melchisedec
    • Bacon for Breakfast
    • God and Man
    • The Homeric Deity and the Pall Mall Gazette
    • Good Breeding the Summum Bonum
    • Advice to the Young
    • Religion
    • Heaven and Hell
    • Priggishness
    • Lohengrin
    • Swells
    • Science and Religion
    • Gentleman
    • The Finest Men
    • On being a Swell all Round
    • Money
    • A Luxurious Death
    • Money, Health and Reputation
    • Solicitors
    • Doctors
    • Priests
  • III The Germs of Erewhon and of Life and Habit
    • Prefatory Note
    • Darwin among the Machines
    • Lucubratio Ebria
    • Letter to Thomas William Gale Butler
  • IV Memory and Design
    • Clergymen and Chickens
    • Memory
      • i
      • ii
    • Antitheses
    • Unconscious Memory
    • Reproduction and Memory
    • Personal Identity
    • Sensations
    • Cobwebs in the Dark
    • Shocks and Memory
    • Shocks
    • Design
      • i
      • ii
    • Accident, Design and Memory
    • Memory and Mistakes
    • Remembering
    • A Torn Finger-Nail
    • Unconscious Association
    • Association
    • Language
  • V Vibrations
    • Contributions to Evolution
    • The Universal Substance
      • i
      • ii
    • Mental and Physical
    • Vibrations, Memory and Chemical Properties
    • Protoplasm and Reproduction
    • Germs within Germs
    • Atoms and Fixed Laws
    • Thinking
    • Equilibrium
  • VI Mind and Matter
    • Motion
    • Matter and Mind
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
    • Organic and Inorganic
    • The Power to make Mistakes
    • The Omnipresence of Intelligence
    • The Super-Organic Kingdom
    • Feeling
    • Opinion and Matter
    • Moral Influence
    • Mental and Physical Pabulum
    • Eating and Proselytising
    • Sea-Sickness
    • Indigestion
    • Assimilation and Persecution
    • Matter Infinitely Subdivisible
    • Differences
    • Union and Separation
    • Unity and Multitude
    • The Atom
    • Our Cells
    • Nerves and Postmen
    • Night-Shirts and Babies
    • Our Organism
    • Beer and My Cat
    • The Union Bank
    • The Unity of Nature
    • Croesus and His Kitchen-Maid
  • VII On the Making of Music, Pictures and Books
    • Thought and Word
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
      • vii
      • viii
      • ix
    • The Law
    • Ideas
    • Expression
    • Development
    • Acquired Characteristics
    • Physical and Spiritual
    • Trail and Writing
    • Conveyancing and the Arts
    • The Rules for Making Literature, Music and Pictures
    • Relative Importances
    • Eating Grapes Downwards
    • Terseness
    • Making Notes
    • Shortening
    • Omission
    • Brevity
    • Diffuseness
    • Difficulties in Art, Literature and Music
    • Knowledge is Power
    • Academicism
    • Agonising
    • The Choice of Subjects
    • Imaginary Countries
    • My Books
    • Great Works
    • New Ideas
    • Books and Children
    • The Life of Books
    • Criticism
    • Le Style c’est l’Homme
    • Portraits
    • A Man’s Style
    • The Gauntlet of Youth
    • Greatness in Art
    • Literary Power
    • Subject and Treatment
    • Public Opinion
    • A Literary Man’s Test
    • What Audience to Write for
    • Writing for a Hundred Years Hence
  • VIII Handel and Music
    • Handel and Beethoven
    • Handel and Domenico Scarlatti
    • Handel and Homer
    • Handel and Bach
      • i
      • ii
    • Handel and the British Public
    • Handel and Madame Patey
    • Handel and Shakespeare
    • A Yankee Handelian
    • Waste
    • Handel a Conservative
    • Handel and Ernest Pontifex
    • Handel’s Commonplaces
    • Handel and Dr. Morell
    • Wordsworth
    • Sleeping Beauties
    • “And the Glory of the Lord”
    • Handel and the Speaking Voice
    • Handel and the Wetterhorn
    • “Tyrants now no more shall Dread”
    • Handel and Marriage
    • Handel and a Letter to a Solicitor
    • Handel’s Shower of Rain
    • Theodora and Susanna
    • John Sebastian Bach
    • Honesty
    • Musical Criticism
    • On Borrowing in Music
    • Music
    • Discords
    • Anachronism
    • Chapters in Music
    • At the Opera
    • At a Philharmonic Concert
    • At the Wind Concerts
    • At a Handel Festival
      • i
      • ii
    • Handel and Dickens
  • IX A Painter’s Views on Painting
    • The Old Masters and Their Pupils
    • The Academic System and Repentance
    • The Jubilee Sixpence
    • Studying from Nature
    • The Model and the Lay-Figure
    • Sketching from Nature
    • Great Art and Sham Art
    • Inarticulate Touches
    • Detail
    • Painting and Association
    • The Credulous Eye
    • Truths from Nature
    • Accuracy
    • Herbert Spencer
    • Shade Colour and Reputation
    • Money and Technique
    • Action and Study
    • Sacred and Profane Statues
    • Seeing
    • Improvement in Art
    • Light and Shade
    • Colour
    • Words and Colour
    • Amateurs and Professionals
    • The Ansidei Raffaelle
    • Buying a Rembrandt
    • Trying to Buy a Bellini
    • Watts
    • Lombard Portals
    • Holbein at Basle
    • Van Eyck
    • Giotto
    • Early Art
    • Sincerity
  • X The Position of a Homo Unius Libri
    • Trübner and Myself
    • Capping a Success
    • A Lady Critic
    • Compensation
    • Hudibras and Erewhon
    • Life and Habit and Myself
    • A Disappointing Person
    • Entertaining Angels
    • Myself and My Books
    • Dragons
    • Trying to Know
    • Squaring Accounts
    • Charles Darwin on what Sells a Book
    • Hoodwinking the Public
    • The Public Ear
    • Secular Thinking
    • The Art of Propagating Opinion
    • Gladstone as a Financier
    • Argument
    • Humour
    • Myself and “Unconscious Humour”
    • My Humour
    • Myself and My Publishers
  • XI Cash and Credit
    • The Unseen World
    • The Kingdom of Heaven
    • The Philosopher
    • The Artist and the Shopkeeper
    • Art and Trade
    • Money
    • Modern Simony
    • My Grandfather and Myself
    • Art and Usefulness
    • Genius
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
    • Great Things
    • Genius and Providence
    • The Art of Covery
    • Wanted
    • Ephemeral and Permanent Success
    • My Birthright
  • XII The Enfant Terrible of Literature
    • Myself
    • Blake, Dante, Virgil and Tennyson
    • My Father and Shakespeare
    • Tennyson
    • Walter Pater and Matthew Arnold
    • My Random Passages
    • Moral Try-Your-Strengths
    • Populus Vult
    • Men and Monkeys
    • “One Touch of Nature”
    • Genuine Feeling
    • George Meredith
    • Froude and Freeman
    • Style
    • Diderot on Criticism
    • Bunyan and Others
    • Bunyan and the Odyssey
    • Poetry
    • Verse
    • Verse, Poetry and Prose
    • Ancient Work
    • Nausicaa and Myself
    • Telemachus and Nicholas Nickleby
    • Gadshill and Trapani
    • Waiting to be Hired
    • Ilium and Padua
    • Eumaeus and Lord Burleigh
    • My Reviewers’ Sense of Need
    • The Authoress of the Odyssey
    • Homer and his Commentators
    • The Iliad
    • Glacial Periods of Folly
    • Translations from Verse into Prose
    • Translating the Odyssey
    • The Odyssey and a Tomb at Carcassonne
    • Getting it Wrong
  • XIII Unprofessional Sermons
    • Righteousness
    • Wisdom
    • Loving and Hating
    • The Roman Empire
    • Italians and Englishmen
    • On Knowing what Gives us Pleasure
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
    • De Minimis non Curat Lex
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
    • Saints
    • Prayer
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
  • XIV Higgledy-Piggledy
    • Preface to Vol. II
    • Waste-Paper Baskets
    • Flies in the Milk-Jug
    • My Thoughts
    • Our Ideas
    • Cat-Ideas and Mouse-Ideas
    • Incoherency of New Ideas
    • An Apology for the Devil
    • Hallelujah
    • Hating
    • Reputation
    • Science and Business
    • Scientists
    • Scientific Terminology
    • Scientists and Drapers
    • Men of Science
    • Sparks
    • Dumb-Bells
    • Purgatory
    • Greatness
    • The Vanity of Human Wishes
    • Jones’s Conscience
    • Nihilism
    • On Breaking Habits
    • Dogs
    • Future and Past
    • Nature
    • Lucky and Unlucky
    • Definitions
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
    • Money
    • Wit
    • Oxford and Cambridge
    • Cooking
    • Perseus and St. George
    • Specialism and Generalism
    • Silence and Tact
    • Truth-tellers
    • Street Preachers
    • Providence and Othello
    • Providence and Improvidence
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
    • Epiphany
    • Fortune
    • Gold-Mines
    • Things and Purses
    • Solomon in all his Glory
    • David’s Teachers
    • S. Michael
    • One Form of Failure
    • Andromeda
    • Self-Confidence
    • Wandering
    • Poverty
    • Pedals or Drones
    • Evasive Nature
    • Fashion
    • Doctors and Clergymen
    • God is Love
    • Common Chords
    • God and the Devil
    • Sex
    • Women
    • Offers of Marriage
    • Marriage
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
    • Life and Love
    • The Basis of Life
    • Woman Suffrage
    • Manners Makyth Man
    • Women and Religion
    • Happiness
    • Sorrow within Sorrow
    • Going Away
  • XV Titles and Subjects
    • Titles
    • “The Ancient Mariner”
    • For Unwritten Articles, Essays, Stories
    • Imaginary Worlds
    • An Idyll
    • A Divorce Novelette
    • The Moral Painter—A Tale of Double Personality
    • Two Writers
    • The Archbishop of Heligoland
  • XVI Written Sketches
    • Literary Sketch-Books
    • London
    • A Clifford’s Inn Euphemism
    • London Trees
    • What I Said to the Milkman
    • The Return of the Jews to Palestine
    • The Great Bear’s Barley-Water
    • The Cock Tavern
    • Myself in Dowie’s Shop
    • My Dentist
    • Furber the Violin-Maker
    • Window Cleaning in the British Museum Reading-Room
    • The Electric Light in its Infancy
    • Fire
    • Adam and Eve
    • Does Mamma Know?
    • Mr. Darwin in the Zoological Gardens
    • Terbourg
    • At Doctors’ Commons
    • The Sack of Khartoum
    • Missolonghi
    • Memnon
    • Manzi the Model
    • A Sailor Boy and Some Chickens
    • Gogin, the Japanese Gentleman and the Dead Dog
    • St. Pancras’ Bells
    • At Eynsford
    • Mrs. Hicks
    • New-Laid Eggs
    • “The Egg that Hen Belonged to”
    • At Englefield Green
    • At Abbey Wood
    • At Ightham Mote
    • Dr. Mandell Creighton and Mr. W. S. Rockstro
    • Pigs
    • Mozart
    • Divorce
    • Ravens
    • Calais to Dover
    • Snapshotting a Bishop
    • Homer and the Basins
    • The Channel Passage
    • The Two Barristers at Ypres
    • At Montreuil-sur-Mer
  • XVII Material for a Projected Sequel to Alps and Sanctuaries
    • Mrs. Dowe on Alps and Sanctuaries
    • Not to be Omitted
    • The Sacro Monte at Varese
    • The Albergo Grotta Crimea
    • Public Opinion
    • These Notes
    • The Wife of Bath
    • Horace at the Post-Office in Rome
    • Beethoven at Faido and at Boulogne
    • Silvio
    • Sunday Morning at Soglio
    • Fascination
    • Supreme Occasions
    • The Aurora Borealis
    • A Tragic Expression
    • The Wrath to Come
    • The Beauties of Nature
    • The Late King Vittorio Emanuele
    • The Bishop of Chichester at Faido
    • At Piora
    • At Ferentino
    • The Imperfect Lady
    • Siena and S. Gimignano
    • The Etruscan Urns at Volterra
    • The Quick and the Dead
    • The Grape-Filter
    • Bertoli and his Bees
    • “The Lost Chord”
    • Introduction of Foreign Plants
    • Saint Cosimo and Saint Damiano at Siena
    • At Pienza
    • Homer’s Hot and Cold Springs
  • XVIII Material for Erewhon Revisited
  • XIX Truth and Convenience
    • Opposites
    • Two Points of View
    • Truth
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
      • vii
      • viii
      • ix
      • x
      • xi
      • xii
      • xiii
      • xiv
    • Falsehood
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
      • vii
      • viii
      • ix
      • x
    • Nature’s Double Falsehood
    • Convenience
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
      • vii
    • Classification
    • Attempts at Classification
    • A Clergyman’s Doubts
  • XX First Principles
    • The Baselessness of Our Ideas
    • Imagination
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
    • Inexperience
    • Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit
    • Contradiction in Terms
    • Extremes
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
    • Free-Will and Necessity
    • Free-Will otherwise Cunning
    • Necessity otherwise Luck
    • Choice
    • Ego and Non-Ego
    • Two Incomprehensibles
    • God and the Unknown
    • Scylla and Charybdis
    • Philosophy
    • Philosophy and Equal Temperament
    • Hedging the Cuckoo
    • God and Philosophies
    • Common Sense, Reason and Faith
    • The Credit System
    • Argument
    • Logic and Philosophy
    • Science
    • Religion
    • Logic
    • Logic and Faith
    • Common Sense and Philosophy
    • First Principles
  • XXI Rebelliousness
    • God and Life
    • God and Flesh
    • Gods and Prophets
    • Faith and Reason
    • God and the Devil
    • Christianity
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
      • vii
      • viii
    • Miracles
    • Wants and Creeds
    • Faith
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
    • The Cuckoo and the Moon
    • Buddhism
    • Theist and Atheist
    • The Peculiar People
    • Renan
    • The Spiritual Treadmill
    • The Dim Religious Light
    • The Peace that Passeth Understanding
    • The New Testament
    • Christ and the L. & N.W. Railway
    • The Jumping Cat
    • Personified Science
    • Science and Theology
    • The Church and the Supernatural
    • Gratitude and Revenge
    • Cant and Hypocrisy
    • Real Blasphemy
    • The English Church Abroad
    • Drunkenness
    • Hell-Fire
  • XXII Reconciliation
    • Religion
    • God and Convenience
    • The World
    • Blasphemy
    • Gaining One’s Point
    • The Voice of Common Sense
    • Amendes Honorables
    • Forgiveness and Retribution
    • Inaccuracy
    • Jutland and “Waitee”
    • The Parables
    • The Irreligion of Orthodoxy
    • Society and Christianity
    • Sanctified by Faith
    • Ourselves and the Clergy
    • The Rules of Life
  • XXIII Death
    • Fore-knowledge of Death
    • Continued Identity
    • Complete Death
    • Life and Death
    • The Defeat of Death
    • The Torture of Death
    • Ignorance of Death
      • i
      • ii
      • iii
      • iv
      • v
      • vi
      • vii
    • Dissolution
    • The Dislike of Death
  • XXIV The Life of the World to Come
    • Posthumous Life
      • i
      • ii
    • The Test of Faith
    • Starting again ad Infinitum
    • Preparation for Death
    • The Vates Sacer
    • The Dictionary of National Biography
    • The World
    • Accumulated Dinners
    • Judging the Dead
    • Myself and My Books
    • My Son
    • Obscurity
    • Posthumous Honours
    • Posthumous Recognition
    • Analysis of the Sales of My Books
    • Worth Doing
    • Doubt and Hope
    • Unburying Cities
    • Apologia
      • i
      • ii
    • My Work
  • XXV Poems
    • Prefatory Note
    • i—Translation from an Unpublished Work of Herodotus
    • ii—The Shield of Achilles—With Variations
    • iii—The Two Deans
    • iv—On the Italian Priesthood
    • v—A Psalm of Montreal
    • vi—The Righteous Man
    • vii—To Critics and Others
    • viii—For Narcissus
    • ix—A Translation
    • x—In Memoriam
    • xi—An Academic Exercise
    • xii—A Prayer
    • xiii—Karma
    • xiv—The Life After Death
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