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