Monday, November 19, 2012

Man is a bubble

Karel Dujardin ~ Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles; Allegory on the Transitoriness and the Brevity of Life, 1663

"Homo bulla" means "Man is a bubble" a well-known saying in the 16th century.
"The lesson of this proverb is that there is nothing so fragile, so fleeting and so empty as the life of man. A bubble is that round swollen empty thing which we watch in the water as it grows and vanishes in a moment in time." -from the Adagia of Erasmus

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