Reconstrued over the last 200-300 years, this quote was originally recorded in John Heywood’s ” A Dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the Prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546. The original meaning was basically, good luck arises from another’s misfortune. It was a sailing metaphor.
This Quotoon takes the meaning of the quote at face value, although the gas passer does appear to look slightly relieved.
John Heywood (1497 – 1580)