Greek Proverb

“A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.”

Søren Kierkegaard

“A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public: they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: the general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.”

  • Either/Or, Part I(1843)