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Where did that phrase come from - This too shall pass
Stan St. Clair

I know we have all heard this saying a lot during the pandemic. I know we are all thinking that it could not pass fast enough. Another one that comes to mind is “enough is enough!”

This proverb means that no matter how devastating a situation seems at the moment, it is only temporary, and will eventually come to an end. It is from an ancient Persian legend dating to circa 1200 BC. 

The story is told in the writings of various Sufi poets of a great king who called his sages together and asked them for one saying which would remain a constant in all times and situations. After much deliberation they told him: “This too shall pass.” According to many, the king was so impressed that he ordered that it be inscribed on a ring.

This saying was popular with early 19th century poet Edward Fitzgerald, and was later brought out in the 1859 address of Abraham Lincoln, before his election as the 16th American President, to the Wisconsin Agricultural Society, in which he summed up its impact by saying:

“How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction.”

Unfortunately, none of us know when things will return to “normal.” But regardless, I keep telling myself that I must stay positive, and look forward to better days.

 If you would like to know the origin of a favorite expression, text the author at 931-212-3303 or email him at stan@stclair.net.