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Silver Threads - 2/12/2006

Reflections on Age

category_bug_journal2.gif They say there is to be a blizzard today in New York - always a good reason to stay home, to sit quietly by the fire, pet the cat, read a little, and reflect.

“Many people think old age is a disease, something to be thwarted if possible. But someone has said that if any period is a disease, it is youth. Age is recovering from it.”
- T. C. Myers
“Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.”
- Maggie Kuhn
“Aging is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
- Betty Friedan
"To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future."
- Bertrand Russell
"Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates."
- Abbott Lawrence Lowell
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
- Bertrand Russell


I love the last two quotes!

Being 57 I like these comments on old age a great deal ! :)

Aging, like what YOU make it. You get out of it what you put in, no more no less. I think somebody said that once or twice before. Worth remembering though.

These are great Ronni...thanks for sharing them. Stay warm and reflective...

The last one reminds me of the Daily Show's Jon Stewart's spoof of Bush:
Camera cuts to a recent Bush speech, of Bush proclaiming: "I don't like doubt." Camera cuts back to Stewart in apelike Bush stance: "It hurts mah think-bone."

You have a fire to ruminate by? Lucky you!

I enjoyed the quotes, but then I always enjoy reading your blog.

Enjoy your cat. I'm weepy about mine right now.

"It hurts mah think-bone."

thanks for that laugh MI.....

And Ronni...Stay in ..stay warm and cozy...BTW does Oliver purr?

I just happened to wonder if Savannah cats purred like smaller felines. I can picture him dozing by the fire purring up a storm as the snow is falling.

Chancy - Ollie purrs like any other cat and except for his rolling-hip walk very much like leopards and lions in Afica, he's not any different from a domestic cat. And yes, he does love the fire on a cold day...

Twenty-seven inches of snow is a lot! Hope you are keeping cozy, as planned.

I particularly appreciate that you found a couple of aging quotes from women.

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