“This Too Shall Pass”

An ancient saying is, “This too shall pass.”

It seems to have originated as an ancient Persian saying, and has since found its way into various languages and traditions. It was rather famously used in a speech by Abraham Lincoln before he became the 16th president:

“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!”

Lincoln was right. In our seasons of joy, “This too shall pass” reminds us to enjoy it to the fullest, and not take it for granted or think we are entitled. And in our seasons of sorrow, “This too shall pass” reminds us to hope, and to remain steadfast, knowing our sorrow won’t last forever.

Things will not always be thus — both the good and the not-so-good. This, too, shall pass.

Here’s “This Too Shall Pass,” for piano:


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