10/14/11

Important Things to Know #11: Mystery Quote Key to Lifelong Happiness


I've had this picture for a while now, and it has more or less plagued me since the day I found it.  Granted, the lady atop the table is mighty fine - that isn't my problem.  My issue is with the plaque on the wall.  It seems to be a recipe for absolute happiness... yet, the answer is cropped out of the picture! Ye, Gods, what a cruel joke you have cursed me with! I swear on the Beard of Zeus I shall unlock this riddle!


"You have everything my friend - youth, education and money - yet, still you are unhappy - WHY?"

What is the answer? Given the name of the restaurant whose walls this plaque hangs on, I'm assuming it's from Zorba the Greek (1946).  There's all kinds of sage advice spit out by the grandfather scattered throughout that novel... but I can't seem to find this particular one.



I feel a bit like I'm piecing together the Dead Sea Scrolls, taking scraps of text and trying to making sense of it and unravel the mystery. In this case, the mystery is literally the answer to everlasting joy.  All those self help books, all that religious searching, all those "very special episodes" of Silver Spoons culminate in this one cryptic phrase placed just out of reach....

If you came in last at this game, that meant you were a miserable human being.
It looks like it says something like, "What you need, I think, is some FOOD (or FISH?) with wine and bread?"  Dear, God I hope it doesn't say something as lame and pointless as this.  Please don't tell me the ultimate secret to happiness is food.

If you know the rest of this quote (or have a good guess),  please drop it in a comment.

2 comments:

  1. Could this be it?

    "Alexis Zorba: Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it. You've got everthing except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else...
    Basil: Or else?
    Alexis Zorba: ...he never dares cut the rope and be free.

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  2. Oooo. I wonder if it is. "Madness" would be perfect.

    We need more verification on this one; but I think we're getting warmer.

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