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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1221
AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: 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 depth of affliction!
ATTRIBUTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 30, 1859.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 3, pp. 481–82 (1953).

Many versions of this story exist. Another one is: “The Sultan asked for a Signet motto, that should hold good for Adversity or Prosperity. Solomon gave him, ‘This also shall pass away.’”—Edward Fitzgerald, Polonius: A Collection of Wise Saws and Modern Instances, item 112, p. 80 (1901).

The words In neez bogzarad, which can be translated, “This also shall pass,” appear in the Diven of the twelfth century Persian poet and philosopher, Sana’ of Ghazn, ed. Mahir Muaffa, p. 92 (1957).
SUBJECTS: Mortality