• Such is life, my fellow-mummers-just like a poor player that bluffs and feints his hour upon the stage, and then cheapens down to mere nonentity. But let me not hear any small witticism to the further effect that its story is a tale told by a vulgarian, full of slang and blanky, signifying-nothing.

    Joseph Furphy, Frances Devlin-Glass (1991). “The annotated Such is life: such is life : being certain extracts from the diary of Tom Collins”