A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 24, 2023
“This too shall pass… Painfully, like a kidney stone, but remember it’ll pass!”

“This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass” is a jocular saying that has been printed on several images. “This too shall pass” is a Persian adage. A kidney stone passes through one’s body very painfully.
     
This too, shall pass One of the few things that kept me going during the 1970s was that constantly-held belief that disco, like a painful kidney stone, would eventually pass” was printed in the Ravalli Republic (Hamilton, MT) on March 13, 1984. “This too shall pass, kinda like a kidney stone” was posted on the newsgroup alt.bitterness on February 25, 1994. “This too shall pass, but I suspect that it’ll feel a lot like a kidney stone when it does” was posted on the newsgroup rec.sport.triathlon on July 25, 1995.
       
“This too shall pass -just like a kidney stone.~ Hunter Madsen” was posted on the newsgroup alt.quotations on September 4, 2002. “This, too, shall pass—just like a kidney stone. -Hunter Madsen” was printed in the book Pessimisms: Famous (and Not So Famous) Observations, Quotations, Thoughts, and Ruminations on What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Worst (2003) by Eric Marcus. It’s uncertain when author Hunter Madsen said this, but it was probably about 2002.
 
“This to shall pass… Painfully, like a kidney stone, but remember it’ll pass!” was posted on Twitter by Sadie on July 27, 2012. “This too shall pass…Painfully, like a kidney stone, but remember it’ll pass!” (shown on an ecard by Someecards) was posted on Twitter by Kelsey Soby on November 6, 2014.
     
“This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. #truelife” was posted on Twitter by Maria on June 14, 2013. “Thought for the year: This too shall pass. It might pass like a KIDNEY STONE, but it will pass.” was posted on Twitter by Cathy Tweeddale on July 25, 2016. “This, too, shall pass. (it might pass like a kidney stone. but it WILL PASS) as seen on Fb” was posted on Twitter by Nurse Beth on July 26, 2016. This form of the saying was popularized by a Facebook meme.
   
“This too shall pass. And then some other bullshit will come and take its place. It never fucking ends” is a related saying.
     
   
Wikipedia: This too shall pass
“This too shall pass” (Persian: این نیز بگذرد, romanized: īn nīz bogzarad) is a Persian adage translated and used in several languages. It reflects on the temporary nature, or ephemerality, of the human condition — that neither the bad, nor good, moments in life ever indefinitely last. The general sentiment is often expressed in wisdom literature throughout history and across cultures, but the specific phrase seems to have originated in the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets.
 
It is known in the Western world primarily due to a 19th-century retelling of a Persian fable by the English poet Edward FitzGerald. It was also notably employed in a speech by Abraham Lincoln before he became the sixteenth President of the United States.
       
Newspapers.com
13 March 1984, Ravalli Republic (Hamilton, MT), “My Turn” by Jack Tanner, pg. 2, col. 1:
This too, shall pass
One of the few things that kept me going during the 1970s was that constantly-held belief that disco, like a painful kidney stone, would eventually pass.

Newspapers.com
20 April 1991, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, “Jackson gives up tourism chief” by Dave Rasdal, pg. 2B, col. 5:
“What I feel the worst about is that this is hurting Jackson County. But this too shall pass, like a kidney stone,” he (Mike Jones, Jackson County Economic Development Commission—ed.) said,
 
Newspapers.com
4 April 1993, Camarillo (CA) Daily News, “Harrison getting the best out of his real estate team” by Laine Waggoner, pg. HL4, col. 2:
He (Bob Harrison—ed.) shared a joke that was making the rounds at the conference. “Question: Why is real estate in California like having a kidney stone? Answer: It hurts like hell. But, this too, shall pass.”
 
Google Groups: alt.bitterness
Hell, yeah I’m bitter!
Ted Takacs
Feb 25, 1994, 7:01:21 PM
(...) 
Alt.bitterness is whatever participants decide to make it. Currently, it is being made into a cesspool by a hoard of obnoxious, immature morons, but this too shall pass, kinda like a kidney stone.
       
Google Groups: misc.writing
post-epilogue listlessness
Greg-man
Oct 2, 1994, 7:32:07 PM
(...)
>If none of that works, take solace in the fact that we’ve all been there
>and know that this too shall pass.
 
Just like a kidney stone… Ouch!
     
Google Groups: rec.sport.triathlon
Calgary’s MacKenzie Lake Triathlon - pre-race report
Captain Error
Jul 25, 1995, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
This too shall pass, but I suspect that it’ll feel a lot like a kidney stone when it does.
 
Google Groups: netcom.general
IX’ER’s REVOLT
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Aug 17, 1995, 3:00:00 AM
In article , William J. Evans

wrote:
>It don’t matter none. This too shall pass.
 
Painfully, like a kidney stone.
   
Googel Groups: alt.recovery.aa
Need A.A. slogans
Ralph D
Mar 17, 1998, 3:00:00 AM
AA is not a home correspondence course.
 
This too shall pass, maybe like a kidney stone, but it will pass.
 
Google Groups: alt.quotations
Dark Side
BlackWidow
Sep 4, 2002, 4:08:25 AM
(...)
This too shall pass -just like a kidney stone.
~ Hunter Madsen
 
Google Books   
Pessimisms:
Famous (and Not So Famous) Observations, Quotations, Thoughts, and Ruminations on What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Worst

By Eric Marcus
New York, NY: CDS
2003
Pg. 38:
This, too, shall pass—just like a kidney stone. -Hunter Madsen
   
Twitter
TD Hynds
@texasts
At the dentist yet again…*sigh* beats fighting with my work PC, though. This too, shall pass. Like a kidney stone. But it will pass…
2:59 PM · Feb 25, 2009
 
Twitter   
Jennifer
@jhawke
“This too shall pass. Just like a kidney stone.” [Hunter Madsen]
8:50 AM · Mar 26, 2009
   
Twitter
grce
@grcemace
“This too shall pass. Just like a kidney-stone.” Hunter Madsen
10:54 PM · Apr 25, 2009
     
Twitter
Joe N Dallas *BLM
@J1970K
@JayT I’m sorry, Handsome. I feel your pain on so many levels. This too shall pass (maybe like a kidney stone, but it will pass).
12:06 AM · Aug 19, 2009
   
Twitter
kelly johnson
@cinnawicca
This too shall pass. Maybe like a kidney stone, but it will pass!
10:30 PM · Jul 5, 2010
   
Twitter
Nikki
@NikkiJY
This too shall pass. Maybe like a kidney stone, but it will pass!: http://yearbook.com/a/u20io
12:46 PM · Dec 10, 2010
 
Twitter
Sadie
@sadielynn15
This to shall pass… Painfully, like a kidney stone, but remember it’ll pass!
12:14 AM · Jul 27, 2012
 
Twitter
Joaquin Peguero 
@joaquinpeguero
#FirstAidQuotes : “This Too shall pass. Just like a kidney stone” Hunter Madsen http://instagr.am/p/VWq6eJgi6-/
10:25 AM · Feb 5, 2013
   
Twitter 
Maria
@dancin_maria
This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. #truelife
7:34 PM · Jun 14, 2013
 
Twitter
Kelsey Soby
@KelseySoby
MORNING MOTIVATION: “This too shall pass…Painfully, like a kidney stone, but remember it’ll pass!”
(This is also shown on an ecard by Someecards.—ed.)
9:16 AM · Nov 6, 2014
 
Twitter
✩ Military Love ✩
@_MilitaryLove
This too shall pass… Painfully, like a kidney stone, but remember it’ll pass! #deploymentproblems
(This is also shown on an ecard by Someecards.—ed.)
10:11 PM · Nov 19, 2014
   
Twitter
kayla stockstill
@kayla_spence
This too shall pass
It might pass like a kidney stone, but IT WILL PASS
2:31 AM · Jul 25, 2016
     
Twitter
Cathy Tweeddale
@c_tweeddale
Thought for the year: This too shall pass. It might pass like a KIDNEY STONE, but it will pass.
#Thought #ThoughtForTheYear #ThisWillPass
10:23 AM · Jul 25, 2016
   
Twitter
Nurse Beth
@bhawkesRN
This, too, shall pass.
(it might pass like a kidney stone. but it WILL PASS)
as seen on Fb
7:45 AM · Jul 26, 2016 from Bakersfield, CA
 
Twitter
Tiny Buddha
@tinybuddha
This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.
(The saying is also shown on an image.—ed.)
3:00 PM · Jan 22, 2018
 
Reddit—Quotes
Posted by u/vamken January 30, 2018
This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. - Unknown
 
Facebook
El Arroyo
July 27, 2019 at 9:49 PM ·
Keep on holding on #ElArroyoATX ElArroyoSign
(The following text is shown on the restaurant’s sign.—ed.)
THIS TOO SHALL PASS—
IT MIGHT PASS LIKE
A KIDNEY STONE,
BUT IT WILL PASS
     
Twitter
Yvonne Jackson
@delores8225
“This too shall pass, like a kidney stone.”
It’s very interesting to watch how people at the crest of their power manage to drive themselves into a stone wall.
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Adam Best
@adamcbest
·
Dec 15, 2022
One megalomaniacal billionaire manchild being able to buy and systematically dismantle the digital town square shows how badly our government has failed us. Nobody should’ve been able to amass this much wealth, this much unchecked power. Massive policy failures paved this road.
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(the following text is shown on a sign.—ed.)
THIS TOO SHALL PASS
MAYBE LIKE A KIDNEYSTONE
BUT IT’LL PASS
9:47 PM · Dec 15, 2022
 
Twitter
TJ
@tijanhassan7
This too shall pass.
It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass
2:33 PM · May 20, 2023

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