Stavo bene; per star meglio, sto qui.
I was well, I would be better; I am here.
Addison's translation of the epitaph on the monument of an Italian Valetudinarian. Spectator. No. 25. Boswell's Life of Johnson (April 7, 1775); reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 229.