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Samuel Butler

Data di nascita: 3. Febbraio 1612
Data di morte: 25. Settembre 1680

Samuel Butler è stato uno scrittore britannico.

È noto per il suo poema eroicomico Hudibras : ispirato a Don Chisciotte di Miguel de Cervantes, narra le vicende del presbiteriano Hudibras e del suo scudiero Ralpho. Wikipedia

Foto: Attributed to Pieter Borsseler / Public domain

Frasi Samuel Butler

„Non sempre il silenzio significa tatto: è il tatto ch'è d'oro, non il silenzio.“

—  Samuel Butler

Origine: Citato in Selezione dal Reader's Digest, agosto 1965, p. 76.

„Definire significa rinchiudere la sconfinata foresta dell'idea in un muro di parole.“

—  Samuel Butler

Origine: Citato in Guido Almansi, Il filosofo portatile, TEA, Milano, 1991.

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„Whatever sceptic could inquire for,
For ev'ry why he had a wherefore;“

—  Samuel Butler (poet), Hudibras

Canto I, line 131
Hudibras, Part I (1663–1664)
Contesto: Whatever sceptic could inquire for,
For ev'ry why he had a wherefore;
Knew more than forty of them do,
As far as words and terms cou'd go.
All which he understood by rote
And, as occasion serv'd, would quote;
No matter whether right or wrong,
They might be either said or sung.
His notions fitted things so well,
That which was which he could not tell;
But oftentimes mistook th' one
For th' other, as great clerks have done.

„He cou'd foretel whats'ever was
By consequence to come to pass;
As death of great men, alterations,
Diseases, battles, inundations.
All this, without th' eclipse o' th' sun,
Or dreadful comet, he hath done,
By inward light; away as good,
And easy to be understood;“

—  Samuel Butler (poet), Hudibras

Hudibras, Part I (1663–1664)
Contesto: He cou'd foretel whats'ever was
By consequence to come to pass;
As death of great men, alterations,
Diseases, battles, inundations.
All this, without th' eclipse o' th' sun,
Or dreadful comet, he hath done,
By inward light; away as good,
And easy to be understood;
But with more lucky hit than those
That use to make the stars depose,
Like Knights o' th' post, and falsely charge
Upon themselves what others forge:
As if they were consenting to
All mischiefs in the world men do:
Or, like the Devil, did tempt and sway 'em
To rogueries, and then betray 'em.

„When civil fury first grew high,
And men fell out, they knew not why;
When hard words, jealousies, and fears,
Set folks together by the ears,
And made them fight, like mad or drunk,
For Dame Religion, as for punk; Whose honesty they all durst swear for,
Though not a man of them knew wherefore:“

—  Samuel Butler (poet), Hudibras

Canto I, first lines
Hudibras, Part I (1663–1664)
Contesto: When civil fury first grew high,
And men fell out, they knew not why;
When hard words, jealousies, and fears,
Set folks together by the ears,
And made them fight, like mad or drunk,
For Dame Religion, as for punk; Whose honesty they all durst swear for,
Though not a man of them knew wherefore:
When Gospel-Trumpeter, surrounded
With long-ear'd rout, to battle sounded,
And pulpit, drum ecclesiastick,
Was beat with fist, instead of a stick;
Then did Sir Knight abandon dwelling,
And out he rode a colonelling.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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