Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Quotes: Old Age

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

Old Age
Few people know how to grow old.
Old age 48 LaRochefoucauld said that “Few know how to grow old.” Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Plato.

If I were a figure in wax, it would be just as well because I go through the same routine every day.
Old Age 231 I said to myself yesterday that a figure of me in wax would do just as well…I get up and dress myself, and make the journey downstairs, and sit here at the window and have my dinner and go through the same round day after day. Jewett, A Country Doctor.

The old mariners sun themselves every morning on the wharves.
Old age 49 …the ancient mariners, who may be found every pleasant morning sunning themselves like turtles on one of the wharves. Sarah Orne Jewett, Deephaven.

He hoarded his wealth in order to maintain the respect of his relatives.
Old Age 133 And if a man should reply to me, as a lord of good understanding once did, that he hoarded up wealth not to extract any other fruit and use from it but to make himself honored and sought after by his own relations, and that age having deprived him of all other powers, it was the only remedy left to him for maintaining his authority in his family and for avoiding being scorned and despised by everybody…. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

The mind must rescue me from old age.
Old age 321 …it is the privilege of the mind to rescue itself from old age. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

As we grow older, we lose our closeness to nature because of our accumulation of experience.
Old age 1059 We all of us, as we grow older…lose somewhat of our proximity to nature…the price we pay for experience. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

She was older by a hundred wrinkles.
Old age 458 Epigenes: She’s worse than the other, worse by a hundred wrinkles. Ecclesiazusae.

He was the leader of “Young America” against the old fogies who were people of hesitation.
Old Fogies 199 Douglas had become the foremost dramatic leader of the Democratic Party, speaking, as he said, for “Young America” as against “Old Fogies,” meaning Cass, Buchanan and other figures of hesitation. Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years

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