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I have lived, and I have run the course which fortune allotted me; and now my shade shall descend illustrious to the grave.

Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.
In any man who dies there dies with him, his first snow and kiss and fight. Not people die but worlds die in them.
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. I reckon, he said, with a twinkle in his eye, it because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.
In my twenties, my pleasures tended to be physical. In my thirties, my pleasures tended to be intellectual. I can't say which was more exquisite.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
The short bloom of our brief and narrow life flies far away. While we are calling for flowers and wine and woman, old age is upon us.
From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.
I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
Old age is not a disease -- it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.
These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.
As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.
A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.
When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Maturity is that time when the mirrors in our mind turn to windows and instead of seeing the reflection of ourselves we see others.
When we are young we take pains to be agreeable, and when we are old we take pains not to be disagreeable.
You end up as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned.
Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.
Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.
Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap into this source, you will truly have defeated age.
Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.
Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
No gray hairs streak my soul, no grandfatherly fondness there! I shake the world with the might of my voice, and walk --handsome, twenty-two year old.
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense.
They that have lived a single day have lived an age.
We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always a sketch. No sketch is not quite the right word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch of nothing, an outline with no picture.
If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.
To live fully is to let go and die with each passing moment, and to be reborn in each new one.
The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.
This is what is sad when one contemplates human life, that so many live out their lives in quiet lostness... they live, as it were, away from themselves and vanish like shadows. Their immortal souls are blown away, and they are not disquieted by the question of its immortality, because they are already disintegrated before they die.
Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it.
There are three stages in a person's life, birth, their life and death. They are not conscious of birth submit to death and forget to live.
If our life is unhappy it is painful to bear; if it is happy it is horrible to lose, So the one is pretty equal to the other.
Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find tomorrow on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, If I had my life to live over again. Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day! Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
Young people talk of what they are doing; old people of what they have done; and fools of what they have a mind to do.
Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.
In the morning of life, work; in the mid day give council; in the evening, pray.
Life is a great surprise. I don't see why death should not be an even greater one.
Life is a dead-end street.
We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.
Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump; you have to get it right the first time.
Can't nothing make your life work if you ain't the architect.
We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.
It's better to be an authentic loser than a false success, and to die alive than to live dead.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

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