Age, like distance lends a double charm.
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- A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.
- To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
- The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Old books, you know well, are books of the world’s youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.
- Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.
- A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.