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A Four Word Admonition

What four word admonition makes the happy person sad and the sad person happy?

The phrase, “This too shall pass.” According to Wikipedia, the well-known phrase is often attached to a fable of a great king who is humbled by these words, and to someone who is experiencing something wonderful, it can be saddening. But to one who is in the pits of despair, it is a phrase that brings relief and hope.

In other words, if a happy person is told, “This too shall pass” it will make them sad. But to a person on hard times, hearing, “This too shall pass” will cheer them up.


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5 Comments on "A Four Word Admonition"


moore says
February 7, 2014 @ 00:35

sorry the answer is unclear.


Dan says
February 7, 2014 @ 09:54

I added a clarification. Sometimes I have too much fun when I write the answers.


Stuart Grandq says
February 27, 2014 @ 20:05

Great riddle, much better with clarification. So far I haven’t come across anybody who worked it out. Keep them coming Dan, cheers!


Nina says
May 3, 2014 @ 07:47

makes sense!


Me says
December 18, 2016 @ 13:38

don’t get making a happy person sad. (thought too much)


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