Mans life is but a jest, A dream, a shadow, bubble, air, a vapor at the best.1
The Jesters Sermon.
Note 1. See Gay, page 350: Life is a jest and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it. Life s but a series of trifles at best. Anonymous. Life is an empty dream. Robert Browning. Paracelsus, ii. [back]