io Lord, What is Man ? be, or how low we may have fallen, we would not change identity with any other person. Hence our self-conceit sustains and always must sustain us till death takes us and our conceit together so that we need no more sustaining. vii Man must always be a consuming fire or be consumed. As for hell, we are in a burning fiery furnace all our lives— for what is life but a process of combustion ? Life We have got into life by stealth and petitio principii, by the free use of that contradiction in terms which we declare to be the most outrageous violation of our reason. We have wriggled into it by holding that everything is both one and many, both infinite in time and space and yet finite, both like and unlike to the same thing, both itself and not itself, both free and yet inexorably fettered, both every adjective in the dictionary and at the same time the flat contradiction of every one of them. ii The beginning of life is the beginning of an illusion to the effect that there is such a thing as free will and that there is such another thing as necessity—the recognition of the fact that there is an "I can " and an " I cannot/1 an " I may " and an " I must." iii Life is not so much a riddle to be read as a Gordian knot that will get cut sooner or later. iv Life is the distribution of an error—or errors. Murray (the publisher) said that my Life of Dr. Butler was an omnium gatherum. Yes, but life is an omnium gatherum.