As you grow older you will discover that the most important things that will happen to you will often come as a result of silly things, as you call them – “ordinary things” is a better expression. That is the way the world is.
Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young…
When intelligent and sensible people despise knowledge in their old age, it is only because they have asked too much of it and of themselves.
When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door.
What does that signify, sixty years? That is nothing to speak of! It is the very flower of one’s age, that is; and you are just entering the prime of manhood.[Qu’est-ce que cela? Soixante ans! Voilà bien de quoi, c’est la fleur de l’âge, cel; et vous entrez maintenant dans la belle saison de l’homme.]
There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning.