Posted by ESC on August 31, 2000
In Reply to: All good things must come to an end posted by Dwight Harvey on August 31, 2000
: Does anyone know the origin of the subject phrase?
: "All good things must come to an end"
: Thanks in advance
"ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END - There is an end to everything, to good things as well. The proverb dates back to about 1374 (Chaucer). First attested in the United States around 1680. The word 'good' was added much later. 'Everything has an end' and 'Everything comes to an end' are variants of the proverb." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).