This, Too, Shall Pass

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!

“And this, too, shall pass away.”

Abraham Lincoln, address to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, September 30th, 1869