Quotation by Geoffrey Chaucer

For of fortunes sharp adversitee
The worst kynde of infortune is this,
A man to han ben in prosperitee,
And it remembren, whan it passed is.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340–1400), British poet. Pandarus, in Troilus and Criseyde, bk. 3, l. 1625-8 (c. 1385), repr. In The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Alfred W. Pollard, et al. (1898).

The same thought appears in bk. 2 of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, translated by Chaucer: "For in all adversitee of fortune, the most unsely kinde of contrarious fortune is to han been weleful." Similarly in Dante, Inferno, canto 5, see Dante on "regret."
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