Definition of but

"but" in the adverb sense

1. merely, simply, just, only, but

and nothing more

"I was merely asking"

"it is simply a matter of time"

"just a scratch"

"he was only a child"

"hopes that last but a moment"

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Quotations for but

Not many but good books. [ Bayard Taylor ]

Art is not imitation, but Illusion. [ Charles Reade ]

Art does not imitate, but interpret. [ Mazzini ]

Art may err, but nature cannot miss. [ Dryden ]

None but the brave deserves the fair. [ Dryden ]

A brave man may fall but cannot yield.

No more delay, vain boaster, but begin. [ Dryden ]

We ask advice, but we mean approbation. [ Colton ]

Fools admire, but men of sense approve. [ Pope ]

Oaths are but words, and words but wind. [ Butler ]

The path of glory leads but to the grave. [ Gray ]

The cause is hidden, but the result known. [ Ovid ]

Affliction is but the shadow of God's wing. [ George Macdonald ]

The devil may be bullied, but not the Deity. [ W. R. Alger ]

Words are but wind, but seeing is believing. [ Proverb ]

The bliss that can be told is but half-bliss. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

A book should be luminous, but not voluminous. [ Bovee ]

Ambition is but the evil shadow of aspiration. [ George Macdonald ]

We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

It is not advice, but approval, which we crave. [ Boufflers ]

Be slow in considering, but resolute in action. [ Bias ]

He who hears but one bell, hears but one sound. [ Proverb ]

Her words but wind, and all her tears but water. [ Spenser ]

Give tribute, but not oblation, to human wisdom. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life. [ Jean Paul Richter ]

Oh, rare the headpiece, if but brains were there! [ Phaedrus ]

A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow. [ Dryden ]

Avarice is always poor, but poor by ber own fault. [ Johnson ]

Age is rarely despised but when it is contemptible. [ Johnson ]

Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction. [ R. G. Ingersoll ]

Friendship is but a name; fidelity but an empty name. [ Ovid ]

Bold at the council board, but cautious in the field. [ Dryden ]

Age is suspicious, but is not itself often suspected. [ Zimmermann ]

Living requires but little life; doing requires much. [ Joubert ]

We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain. [ W. R. Alger ]

You despise a man for avarice; but you do not hate him. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Happiness may have but one night, as glory but one day. [ A. de Musset ]

Was never secret history but birds tell it in the bowers. [ Emerson ]

Dead he is not, but departed - for the artist never dies. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

The architect must not only understand drawing, but music. [ Vitruvius ]

Afflictions are but conductors to immortal life and glory. [ Aughey ]

The blush is beautiful, but it is some times inconvenient. [ Goldoni ]

He who lives but for himself lives but for a little thing. [ Barjaud ]

Every plan desires to live long; but, no man would be old. [ Swift ]

We laugh but little in our days, but are we less frivolous? [ Beranger ]

There is not a single heart but has its moments of longing. [ Beecher ]

Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house. [ Thomas Brooks ]

To be in anger is impiety, but who is man that is not angry? [ William Shakespeare ]

What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action. [ Wendell Phillips ]

They that desire but a few things, can he crossed but in few. [ Proverb ]

None knew thee but to love thee, nor named thee but to praise. [ Fitz-Greene Halleck ]

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. [ Michael Angelo ]

Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

Were she perfect, one would admire her more, but love her less. [ Grattan ]

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. [ Aristotle ]

We may have many acquaintances, but we can have but few friends. [ Dr. Johnson ]

It is not with the living that we should live, but with the dead. [ Chamfort ]

I can promise to be candid, but I cannot promise to be impartial. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions! [ William Shakespeare ]

Seraphs share with thee knowledge; but art, O man, is thine alone! [ Schiller ]

Ambition hath but two steps; the lowest, blood; the highest, envy. [ Lilly ]

Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely. [ William Penn ]

You have greatly ventured, but all must do so who would greatly win. [ Byron ]

He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is a wise man who will not. [ Seneca ]

Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed. [ Blaise Pascal ]

Blessings star forth forever; but a curse is like a cloud, it passes. [ Bailey ]

Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer. [ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice ]

God strikes not as an enemy, to destroy; but as a father, to correct. [ Aughey ]

It is but shaping the bribe to the taste, and every one has his price. [ Richardson ]

What seem to us but dim funereal tapers may be heaven's distant lamps. [ Longfellow ]

Let us digest them; otherwise they enter our memory, but not our minds. [ Seneca ]

He believed that he was born, not for himself, but for the whole world. [ Lucan ]

A youthful age is desirable, but aged youth is troublesome and grievous. [ Chilo ]

God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. [ Aughey ]

All inconsiderate enterprises are impetuous at first, but soon languish. [ Tacitus ]

No condition so low but may have hopes, none so high but may have fears. [ Proverb ]

Beauty is no local deity, like the Greek and Roman gods, but omnipresent. [ Bartol ]

There is no courage but in innocence, no constancy but in an honest cause. [ Southern ]

An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly. [ Whipple ]

Accent and emphasis are the pith of reading; punctuation is but secondary. [ Disraeli ]

The avaricious man is kind to no person, but he is most unkind to himself. [ Latin Proverb ]

It is but a base, ignoble mind that mounts no higher than a bird can soar. [ William Shakespeare ]

In plain truth, it is not want, but rather abundance, that creates avarice. [ Montaigne ]

The moderns cannot reach their beauties, but can avoid their imperfections. [ Addison ]

To succeed in the world, we must be foolish in appearance, but really wise. [ Montesquieu ]

The only true method of action in this world is to be in it, but not of it. [ Madame Swetchine ]

He that would be angry and sin not must not be angry with anything but sin. [ Seeker ]

To fear is easy, but grievous; to reverence is difficult, but satisfactory. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

We may anticipate bliss, but who ever drank of that enchanted cup unalloyed? [ Colton ]

Marriage has in it less of beauty, but more of safety, than the single life. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Patience cannot remove, but it can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune. [ Laurence Sterne ]

America is rising with a giant's strength. Its bones are yet but cartilages. [ Fisher Ames ]

It is not affliction itself, but affliction rightly borne, that does us good. [ Aughey ]

Care is no cure, but rather corrosive for things that are not to be remedied. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is comparatively easy to leave a mistress, but very hard to be left by one. [ Thackeray ]

Many persons feel art, some understand it; but few both feel and understand it. [ Hillard ]

There is but one kind of love, but there are a thousand different copies of it. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Defeat is nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better. [ Wendell Phillips ]

I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding. [ Samuel Johnson ]

To be silent is but a small virtue; but it is a serious fault to reveal secrets. [ Ovid ]

Amiability is very often a weakness, but the most unobjectionable one as a rule. [ Lady Morgan ]

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Words containing the sequence but

Words with but in them (333 words)


Words that end with but (6 words)

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