What old people say you cannot do you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
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.
The young people think the old people are fools; but the old people know the young people are fools!
The older I grow and the more I abandon myself to God’s will, the less I value intelligence that wants to know and will that wants to do; and as the only element of salvation I recognize faith, which can wait patiently, without asking too many questions.
The compensation of growing old, was simply this; that the passions remain as strong as ever, but one has gained—at last!—the power which adds the supreme flavour to existence,—the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round, slowly, in the light.