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Daemon
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 12:25:08 AM

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It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 12:31:41 AM
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As Anthony stated good dies with a man the evilSpeak to the hand Shame on you live long after
pedro
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 3:50:21 AM
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This is rather like some weather forecasts. 'There will be wet periods followed by dry periods followed by wet ones, though we may get a dry spell first'. It covers all possibilities whilst carrying zero information.
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 7:12:15 AM

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pedro wrote:
This is rather like some weather forecasts. 'There will be wet periods followed by dry periods followed by wet ones, though we may get a dry spell first'. It covers all possibilities whilst carrying zero information.

True, but that is the point. Like any quote, particularly those taken from a piece of literature, one has to consider the context. In this case, it's from Don Quixote and here's the scene:

Quote:
Sancho came so close that he almost put his eyes into his mouth; now just at that moment the balsam had acted on the stomach of Don Quixote, so, at the very instant when Sancho came to examine his mouth, he discharged all its contents with more force than a musket, and full into the beard of the compassionate squire.

"Holy Mary!" cried Sancho, "what is this that has happened me? Clearly this sinner is mortally wounded, as he vomits blood from the mouth;" but considering the matter a little more closely he perceived by the colour, taste, and smell, that it was not blood but the balsam from the flask which he had seen him drink; and he was taken with such a loathing that his stomach turned, and he vomited up his inside over his very master, and both were left in a precious state. Sancho ran to his ass to get something wherewith to clean himself, and relieve his master, out of his alforjas; but not finding them, he well-nigh took leave of his senses, and cursed himself anew, and in his heart resolved to quit his master and return home, even though he forfeited the wages of his service and all hopes of the promised island.

Don Quixote now rose, and putting his left hand to his mouth to keep his teeth from falling out altogether, with the other he laid hold of the bridle of Rocinante, who had never stirred from his master's side—so loyal and well-behaved was he—and betook himself to where the squire stood leaning over his ass with his hand to his cheek, like one in deep dejection. Seeing him in this mood, looking so sad, Don Quixote said to him:

"Bear in mind, Sancho, that one man is no more than another, unless he does more than another; all these tempests that fall upon us are signs that fair weather is coming shortly, and that things will go well with us, for it is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand; so thou must not distress thyself at the misfortunes which happen to me, since thou hast no share in them."


So, the two have just vomited on each other, they're starving and alone and Quixote launches into his martyr-like quote about how it's only temporary. Quixote is insanely optimistic. It's his charm, but also his failing. The quote serves to reinforce that.

And the opposite is equally true. That is, it is impossible for good or evil to last forever, so when good lasts long the evil must be nigh at hand.
ibj_ldn
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 9:16:20 AM

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That's still true nowadays, and it'll always be. Maybe a little similar to "There is a calm before the storm", and vice-versa. Let's hope, even against the odds, that good will always prevail...
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 12:48:26 PM
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Daemon wrote:
It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)


The thing is to prolong the one and to outlive the other...
ChristopherJohnson
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 1:43:04 PM

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Poor comfort.
Virginia Lathan
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 4:38:19 PM

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I like the way Howard Zinn looks at this in his essay “The Optimism of Uncertainty” (The Sun Magazine – September 2016):

“The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live,
in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
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