The difference between new money and old money. Old money’s motto was, If you have it, hide it. New money’s motto was, If you have it, flaunt it.
For a young person it is almost a sin – and certainly a danger – to be too much occupied with himself; but for the ageing person it is a duty and a necessity to give serious attention to himself.
White hair often covers the head but the heart that holds it is ever young.[Il se voit en cheveux blancs, toujours jeune de cœur.]
What are you going to do? What all old people do: sit down and remember, and ask myself what would have happened if I’d done everything differently.
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.
There comes in all our lives a time, towards which you still have far to go, when the weary eyes can endure but one kind of light, the light which a fine evening like this prepares for us in the stillroom of darkness, when the ears can listen to no music save what the moonlight breathes through the flute of silence.[Il vient dans la vie une heure dont vous êtes bien loin encore où les yeux las ne tolèrent plus qu’une lumière, celle qu’une belle nuit comme celle-ci prépare et distille avec l’obscurité, où les oreilles ne peuvent plus écouter de musique que celle que joue le clair de lune sur la flûte du silence.]