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AGE
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There is nothing against which an old man should be so much upon his guard as putting himself to nurse.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Ladies, stock and tend your hive,
  Trifle not at thirty-five;
    For, howe'er we boast and strive,
      Life declines from thirty-five;
        He that ever hopes to thrive
          Must begin by thirty-five.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        To Mrs. Thrale, when Thirty-five (l. 11)

Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
  Till pitying Nature signs the last release,
    And bids afflicted worth retire to peace.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 308)

Old age takes from the man of intellect no qualities save those that are useless to wisdom.
      - Joseph Joubert

Old age was naturally more honored in times when people could not know much more than what they had seen.
      - Joseph Joubert

The evening of life brings with it its lamps.
      - Joseph Joubert

Depend upon it, a man never experiences such pleasure or grief after fourteen years as he does before, unless in some cases, in his first lovemaking, when the sensation is new to him.
      - Charles Kingsley

Old age likes to dwell in the recollections of the past, and, mistaking, the speedy march of years, often is inclined to take the prudence of the winter time for a fat wisdom of, midsummer days. Manhood is bent to the passing cares of the passing moment, and holds so closely to his eyes the sheet of, "to-day," that it screens the "to-morrow" from his sight.
      - Louis Kossuth

We dread old age, which are not sure of being able to attain.
  [Fr., L'on craint la vieillesse, que l'on n'est pas sur de pouvoir atteindre.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (XI)

We hope to grow old and we dread old age; that is to say, we love life and we flee from death.
  [Fr., L'on espere de vieillir, et l'on craint la vieillesse; l'on aime la vie et l'on fuit la mort.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (XI)

I feel I am growing old for want of somebody to tell me that I am looking as young as ever. Charming falsehood! There is a vast deal of vital air loving words.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The damps of autumn sink into the leaves and prepare them for the necessity of their fall; and thus insensibly are we, as years close around us, detached from our tenacity of life by the gentle pressure of recorded sorrow.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Age is a tyrant, who forbids, at the penalty of life, all the pleasures of youth.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

As we grow old we become more foolish and more wise.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Few people know how to be old.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse as we grow old.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The most dangerous weakness of old people who have been amiable is to forget they are no longer so.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Time's chariot-wheels make their carriage-road in the fairest face.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Youth changes its tastes by the warmth of its blood; age retains its tastes by habit.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Few persons know how to be old.
  [Fr., Peu de gens savent etre vieux.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
         (448)

Old age is a tyrant who forbids, upon pain of death, all the pleasures of youth.
  [Fr., La vieillesse est un tyran qui defend, sur peine de al vie, tous les plaisirs de la jeunesse.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
         (461)

As the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I venerate age; and I love not the man who can look, without emotion upon the sunset of life, when the dusk of evening begins to gather over the watery eye, and the shadows of twilight grow broader and deeper upon the understanding.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more dreary,
  And I am near to fall, infirm and weary.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Canzone

How far the gulf-stream of our youth may flow
  Into the arctic regions of our lives,
    Where little else than life itself survives.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Morituri Salutamus (l. 250)


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