"I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance."
James Boswell 1784
Not all bad: "Millionaires in the U.S. lost 30% of their fortunes on average. Almost 20% of them lost 40%." Bloomberg News
"Awake! For morning in the Bowl of
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to
And lo! The Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan's Turret in a noose of light."
from Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward Fitzgerald