De senectute

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Chicago literary club, 1914 - Всего страниц: 62
 

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Стр. 68 - O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in Thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.
Стр. 37 - Chaucer, at Woodstock with the nightingales, At sixty wrote the Canterbury Tales; Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last, Completed Faust when eighty years were pa'st. These are indeed exceptions; but they show How far the gulf.stream of our youth may flow Into the arctic regions of our lives, Where little else than life itself survives.
Стр. 42 - In short, if youth is not quite right in its opinions, there is a strong probability that age is not much more so. Undying hope is co-ruler of the human bosom with infallible credulity. A man finds he has been wrong at every preceding stage of his career, only to deduce the astonishing conclusion that he is at last entirely right.
Стр. 23 - Youth is the only season for enjoyment, and the first twenty-five years of one's life are worth all the rest of the longest life of man...
Стр. 9 - But the last word has not yet been spoken, and never can be spoken, so long as there is youth left in the world to dread old age, or old age left to regret its lost youth. Sensible people (who are generally very tiresome people) often spend the best part of their youth in making due and solemn preparation for age — for the days of enforced inaction, of feebleness, and of lack of interest, to which they look forward with a certain dogged courage. Fortunately...
Стр. 36 - But as a rule the energy which moves the world in the right direction is that of young men, and correspondingly and naturally the only deference and respect worth having or that can bring satisfaction and happiness to the recipient go to them.
Стр. 56 - Tout comprendre c'est tout pardonner,'' and so the counsels of the old are merciful: Phryne was acquitted on the judgment of the old men. Like a picture the past is spread out before us, and it seems that we have gone back to childhood, for pictures have grown very dear to us. We can understand now much that has often puzzled us, can find out The...

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