George Walter Thornbury

British writer

George Walter Thornbury (13 November 1828June 11 1876) was an English author. He was the son of a London solicitor. A journalist by profession, he also wrote verse, novels, art criticism and popular historical and topographical sketches. He began his career in 1845 with contributions to Bristol Journal and wrote later mainly for the Athenaeum. He is said to have died in a lunatic asylum.

George Walter Thornbury


  • Man’s life is but a jest,
    A dream, a shadow, bubble, air, a vapor at the best.
    • The Jester’s Sermon. Compare: "Life is a jest and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it", John Gay, My own Epitaph; "Life is an empty dream", Robert Browning, Paracelsus, ii.; "Life ’s but a series of trifles at best", Anonymous.
  • The fool that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.
    • The Jester’s Sermon.

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