The Lincoln quotation, on the other hand, shows that Lincoln did not coin the phrase: "It is told an Eastern ruler once instructed his wise advisors to construct for him a statement to be continually in view, and which should be true and fitting in all periods and situations." They delivered the words, "And this, too, shall pass away," to him. He took them down and put them up on his wall.
Lincoln's original wording was different: " 'It is said that Lincoln often quoted Shakespeare as saying, "A man can never tell what may happen until it does happen. Then it is found that Lincoln was right.'"' " - John Hay's biography of Lincoln notes that the above-quoted passage from Wise Advisors appears in another book written by one of Lincoln's contemporaries, but that version contains the additional sentence "Yet even he [Lincoln] could not foretell how soon or how completely it [the Confederacy] would be destroyed."
In any case, the point is that Lincoln was not the first person to say that things do not always turn out like we expect them to. And he wasn't the only President who didn't know what might happen after he died...
"It is claimed an Eastern ruler once instructed his wise advisors to devise him a statement, to be continually in view, and which should be true and fitting in all periods and situations," Abraham Lincoln declared before becoming the 16th president. They gave him the words, "And this, too, shall pass away." He chose instead to say, "A new nation, born of liberty and independence, born to achieve peace and prosperity on earth, born to assure the destinies of man."
Lincoln's statement points to the passing nature of everything from wars to presidents. While some things do indeed pass away (see: Watergate), most things shall come again. Jesus said, "Everything that lives and breathes will die." (Mt 8:12). But he also said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (Jn 11:25-26).
The Bible tells us that nothing stays the same - not people, not nations, and certainly not institutions. Everything changes, and what was important yesterday is not so today. If you want your thoughts on religion and ethics to have any real impact on your life, you must listen carefully to what they are saying today, because tomorrow they will have changed their mind.
The remark was popular in the first half of the nineteenth century, especially among English poet Edward Fitzgerald, and was subsequently used in a speech by Abraham Lincoln, in his presentation to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in 1859. It is often attributed to the Persian king Ahasuerus (or Xerxes), who is reported to have said it when faced with the threat of rebellion from his subjects. However modern scholars dispute this attribution because there is no evidence that he ever made such a statement.
Lincoln's use of the phrase is usually cited as its origin. In his address, he described how the struggle over slavery would also pass, adding: "And what may be true of one country is equally true of all others -- that public opinion is the ultimate authority; it is the factor which gives force and effect to law."
Lincoln then went on to say that public opinion was not static but rather dynamic and responsive to change. This idea of public opinion being influential and able to affect events was new and had not been previously mentioned by either of the speakers at the agricultural meeting. The concept was widely praised by those present and has remained important in American politics since then.
Lincoln's remarks were written down by a reporter named William H. Herndon, who later became a friend and attorney for Lincoln.
This will also be included in a sentence. John Conyers: What we are going through today cannot compromise or reduce my legacy in any manner. This, too, must pass. My children will carry on my legacy. I want them to grow up in a world where their rights as Americans are protected so they can live out their dreams just like I did.
Here's another example: "Mary passed her test with flying colors." This means that she performed very well on it.
Finally, "passing gas" is an acceptable way of saying you have a flatulence problem. It is not considered rude.
The concept is that everything is fleeting; everything—success, misery, etc. —will disappear with the passage of time. If I had written "this, too, will pass," it would have been confusing because now there are two things mentioned together that both represent bad things that will happen.
To disagree with Miss Singh, I would never say or write, "This, too, shall pass," as the word "shall" looks to be more antiquated or reserved for formal settings. "This, too, shall pass (,)" would suffice.
Today's Strength: "And This Too Shall Pass," 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18. God does not give us a static world, but one that changes from moment to moment. Therefore, our job is not to seek out what can be held in human hands, but what can be held in God's hands at any given moment.
Bible Verses about the Transient Nature of Life: "All flesh is as grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever." - 1 Peter 1: 24-25. There are two things that will never change: God is God, and Jesus is Jesus. Everything else is uncertain. We pick things up that may seem important today, but tomorrow they may not matter at all. So we should keep moving forward without looking back.
What has changed over time? Humans have evolved over millions of years, but God is always God and Jesus is always Jesus.
What should we do with these transient things?