George Walter Thornbury (1828 – June 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.
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- Man’s life is but a jest,
A dream, a shadow, bubble, air, a vapor at the best.
- The fool that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.
- The Jester’s Sermon.