At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths –your abilities and your failings.
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- At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
- People between twenty and forty are not sympathetic. The child has the capacity to do but it can’t know. It only knows when it is no longer able to do –after forty. Between twenty and forty the will of the child to do gets stronger, more dangerous, but it has not begun to learn to know yet. Since his capacity to do is forced into channels of evil through environment and pressures, man is strong before he is moral. The world’s anguish is caused by people between twenty and forty.
- At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
- Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.
- Here, with whitened hair, desires failing, strength ebbing out of him, with the sun gone down and with only the serenity and the calm warning of the evening star left to him, he drank to Life, to all it had been, to what it was, to what it would be. Hurrah!
- Every man over forty is a scoundrel.