Four Notes on the World from Samuel Butler’s Note-Books

  1. The world is a gambling-table so arranged that all who enter the casino must play and all must lose more or less heavily in the long run, though they win occasionally by the way.
  2. We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one.
  3. The world may not be particularly wise – still, we know of nothing wiser.
  4. The world will always be governed by self-interest.  We should not try to stop this, we should try to make the self-interest of cads a little more coincident with that of decent people.

—From Samuel Butler’s Note-Books.

 

1 thought on “Four Notes on the World from Samuel Butler’s Note-Books”

  1. Life is definitely is a crap shoot, but if you don’t walk on the ‘wild side’ every now and then, you will be left with the thought on your death bed of what was my life for? Balancing that out; you must consciously think of the choices one makes and hopefully it will include being concerned of others, and that is when you ‘WIN’ at the poker table.

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