Wrecked on the lee shore of age.
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- Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
- It does seem so pleasant to talk with an old acquaintance who knows what you know. I see so many new folks nowadays who seem to have neither past nor future. Conversation has got to have some root in the past, or else you have got to explain every remark you make, and it wears a person out.
- The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper — whether little or great, it belongs to Literature.
- It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
- An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick
- But an old age serene and bright, and lovely as a Lapland night, shall lead thee to thy grave.