all good things must come to an end

The addition of ‘good’ is a recent development. The earlier forms may be compared with everything has an end.

c 1440 Partonope of Blois (EETS) 1. 11144 Ye wote [know] wele of all thing moste be an ende.

1562 G. LEGH Accidence of Armoury 182 All worldly thinges haue an ende (excepte the housholde wordes, betwene man and wife).

1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation i. 85 All Things have an End, and a Pudden [a kind of sausage] has two.

1857 H. H. RILEY Puddleford Papers xxiii. All things must have an end, and the grand caravan, in time, came to its end.

1924 ‘D. VANE’ Scar xxv. All good things come to an end. The feast was over.

2002 Washington Times 17 Mar. C12 For more than a decade, Roy Kramer reigned as the most powerful figure in college athletics—not just in the Southeastern Conference but arguably the entire nation. But all good things must come to an end, and that end is now.


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