1. Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

    100
  2. Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.

    85
  3. Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.

    49
  4. Life is one long process of getting tired.

    31
  5. All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.

    30
  6. Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.

    11
  7. Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

    10
  8. Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.

    8
  9. Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.

    7
  10. Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.

    6

The complete list of 266 Samuel Butler sayings