Samuel Butler was an English author, born 1835, died 1902. My attention to Mr. Butler was directed by my re-reading of Poor H. Allen Smith's Almanac in which I found this snippet:
"On his deathbed Samuel Butler indicated that he wanted to say something, and what he wanted to say was that he had once written that life was ninety-nine per cent chance and now he wished to correct this figure to one hundred per cent."
A couple or three* additional Butler quotes:
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.
All Animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
A drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it, and buy clothes and send their children to school with it.
*Did I ever tell you about the third-grade teacher on my staff whom I could drive up the wall by incorporating the phrase "a couple or three" into the conversation? She was a very nice young lady from Michigan upon whose ear certain "Hoosierisms" grated, and hence the dickens that lives within me could not resist planting them occasionally. Where are you now, Lauren? Well and happy, I hope.