[Ads-l] "This Too Shall Pass"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 27 12:16:59 EDT 2017


Below is a partial syntactic and semantic match in 1824,

Year: 1824
Title: Outlines of Education, or, Remarks on the Development of Mind,
and Improvement of Manners
Author: William Mackenzie.
Section: Maxims and Observations on Manners and Education
Quote Page 238

https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044096982558
https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044096982558?urlappend=%3Bseq=240

[Begin excerpt]
When thou art depressed under a present calamity, reflect that former
calamities have passed away, and are forgotten; await therefore with
patience for the period when this also will pass with them into
oblivion.
[End excerpt]

Garson

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 11:58 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Letter from Sir Walter Scott to Lord Byron
> November 6, 1813
> in Memoirs of the life of Sir Walter Scott
>
> https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015031308250
> https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015031308250?urlappend=%3Bseq=158
>
> And this also shall pass away
>
> Garson
>
> On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 11:46 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
>> The phrase may also use the word "will" instead of "shall."
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>> Fred Shapiro
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>> In the Yale Book of Quotations, my first evidence for the saying "this too shall pass" or "this too shall pass away" or "this also shall pass" or "this also shall pass away" is by Edward Fitzgerald in 1852.  Subsequently, Ralph Keyes in his book The Quote Verifier found an 1839 newspaper occurrence.
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>> Now I have found the following in Southern Churchman, Apr. 13, 1838 (America's Historical Newspapers):  "An oriental sultan consulted Solomon on the proper inscription for a signet ring, requiring that the maxim which it contained should be at once proper for moderating the presumption of prosperity, and tempering the pressure of adversity.  The apothegm supplied by the Jewish sage was admirably adapted for both purposes, being comprehended in the words, 'And this also shall pass away.'. -- _Walter Scott_."
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>> I assume "Walter Scott" refers to the famous Scottish writer.  Can anyone help me determine whether Sir Walter Scott (or some other Walter Scott) authored the passage above, and, if so, where it was published?
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>> Fred Shapiro
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