Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.
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- Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
- Slowly, but very deliberately, the brooding edifice of seduction, creaking and incongruous, came into being, a vast Heath Robinson mechanism, dually controlled by them and lumbering gloomily down vistas of triteness. With a sort of heavy-fisted dexterity the mutually adapted emotions of each of them became synchronized, until the unavoidable anti-climax was at hand.
- Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don’t fulfill the promise of their early years.
- Self-love seems so often unrequited.
- When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you’re older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
- It is only necessary to grow old to become more charitable and even indulgent. I see no fault committed by others that I have not committed myself.