Samuel Butler quote about life from The Note-Books of Samuel Butler - Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
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Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
 Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912). copy citation

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“But a snail without a shell 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 Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient 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.” source

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