they that live longest, see most

Cf. early 14th-cent. Fr. qui vit trop voit, he who lives [long] sees much; 1605–6 SHAKESPEARE King Lear v. iii. 325 We that are young Shall never see so much nor live so long.

1620 T. SHELTON tr. Cervantes’ Don Quixote II. lii. My Mother was vsed to say, That ’twas needfull to liue long, to see much.

1837 T. HOOK Jack Brag III. ii. Them as lives longest sees the most.

1961 N. LOFTS House at Old Vine vi. vi. Them that live longest see most. You remember that, young man, if ever you’re down on your luck.

1971 ‘M. ERSKINE’ Brood of Folly v. Mrs Parslowe gave her a glance that was both sly and knowing. ‘Those that live longest will see most,’ she answered cryptically.

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