Lord, What is Man ? n vi Life is a superstition. But superstitions are not without their value. The snail's shell is a superstition, slugs Kay&n<^ shells and thrive just as well But a snail without a sMl: would not be a slug unless it had also the slug's indifference to a shell. vii Life is one long process of getting tired. viii My days run through me as water through a sieve. ix x Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from in- sufficient premises. x Life is eight parts cards and two parts play, the unseen world is made manifest to us in the play. xi Lizards generally seem to have lost their tails by the time they reach middle life. So have most men. xii A sense of humour keen enough to show a man his own absurdities, as well as those of other people, will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those that are worth committing. xiii Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases—though not often. xiv There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can, in the end, get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the general rule.