"All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it." --from "The Way of All Flesh" (1903) by Samuel Butler (novelist)
Samuel Butler was among the most wide-ranging of the accomplished crew of late Victorian writers to which be belonged -- a forceful controversialist in the debates that surrounded Darwin's theory of evolution, a painter who sometimes exhibited at the Royal Academy, an idiosyncratic critic and a gifted travel writer, and even, in his early years, a highly successful sheep farmer in New Zealand. He was also, as The Way of All Flesh, his deterministic tale of the havoc wrought by genetic inheritance, suggests, one of the great British masters of the novel of ideas.
英文文學有２位 Samuel Butler。這本小說 "The Way of All Flesh" 有譯本；原文為公共財。 「相信我，誠實的懷疑者的信仰」丁尼生懇切說道：「可比半調子的信教者深切。」SamuelButler對於Bardolph， Falstaff和上述老板娘等等「理性時代」的產兒，倍感興趣。對於這些人，「基督徒得救之道」是不言自明的，而且心中確信「最後審判」和「地獄之火」都是無可置疑的、真的。