We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
Fables [Aesopica], “The Old Man and Death” (6th C BC) [tr. Jacobs (1894)]

Alternate translation: "It is one thing to call for Death, and another to see him coming." [tr. James (1848)]

Added on 12-Nov-08 | Last updated 16-Sep-21
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