obit anus, abit onus -> the old woman dies, the burden is lifted | the old woman dies, the burden flies

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obit anus, abit onus -> the old woman dies, the burden is lifted | the old woman dies, the burden flies

Statement Schopenhauer wrote in Latin into his account book, after the death of a seamstress to whom he had made court-ordered payments of 15 thalers a quarter for over twenty years, after having injured her arm; as quoted in Modern Philosophy : From Descartes to Schopenhauer and Hartmann (1877) by Francis Bowen, p. 392

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer

I love the ambiguity of anus here (the second meaning is "old"). What I remember reading is that Schopenhauer caused that injury by pushing her down the stairs.
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