I Wish I Weren’t An Old Man


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Chinese proverb: Men grow old, pearls grow yellow, there is no cure for it.

Walt Whitman:

Youth, large, lusty, loving-youth full of grace, force, fascination,
Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace,
force, fascination?

Day full-blown and splendid-day of the immense sun, action,
ambition, laughter,
The Night follows close with millions of suns, and sleep and
restoring darkness.

Li Po:

The living is a passing traveler;
The dead, a man come home.
One brief journey betwixt heaven and earth,
Then, alas! we are the same old dust of ten thousand ages.

The rabbit in the moon pounds the medicine in vain;
Fu-sang, the tree of immortality,
has crumbled to kindling wood.
Man dies, his white bones are dumb without a word

When the green pines feel the coming of the spring.
Looking back, I sigh;
Looking before, I sigh again.
What is there to prize in the life’s vaporous glory?

Buddha:

People who have learned little grow old like an ox;
their flesh grows, but their knowledge does not grow.

Clint Eastwood:

“Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.”

Me:

I’d do anything, give anything, to be young enough for Karen.

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