~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If I don't drive around the park, I'm pretty sure to make my mark. If I'm in bed each night by ten, I may get back my looks again. If I abstain from fun and such, I'll probably amount to much; But I shall stay the way I am, Because I do not give a damn. ~Dorothy Parker
Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan (La victoria trova cento padri, a nessuno vuole riconoscere l'insuccesso) (1942)~popularized by JFK but originated with Italian diplomat and son-in-law of Mussolini, Count Galeazzo Ciano (1903-1944), The Ciano Diaries, 1939-1943, Vol. 2.
Here's the Latin, again, in case you're interested: inquissima haec bellorum condicio est: prospera omnes sibi indicant, aduersa uni imputantur.
The Italian version probably dates back to the Renaissance, when Tacitus experienced a revival of fortune. Before that his work was unpopular: so unpopular, in fact, that his greatest work, the Annales, survives in only two or three known manuscripts.
skaioisi men gar kaina prospheron sopha doxeis achreios kou sophos pephukenai. Euripides, Medea
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