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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:7592
AUTHOR:George Walter Thornbury (1828–1876)
QUOTATION:      Man’s life is but a jest,
A dream, a shadow, bubble, air, a vapor at the best. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:The Jester’s 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]
 

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