„Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead centre of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.“

—  Franklin Pierce Adams, Nods and Becks (1944)

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„Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.“

—  Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus
Context: Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. And to say that the season for studying philosophy has not yet come, or that it is past and gone, is like saying that the season for happiness is not yet or that it is now no more. Therefore, both old and young alike ought to seek wisdom, the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come. So we must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed towards attaining it. "Letter to Menoeceus" http://www.epicurus.net/en/menoeceus.html, as translated in Stoic and Epicurean (1910) by Robert Drew Hicks, p. 167 Variant translation: Let no one delay to study philosophy while he is young, and when he is old let him not become weary of the study; for no man can ever find the time unsuitable or too late to study the health of his soul. And he who asserts either that it is not yet time to philosophize, or that the hour is passed, is like a man who should say that the time is not yet come to be happy, or that it is too late. So that both young and old should study philosophy, the one in order that, when he is old, he many be young in good things through the pleasing recollection of the past, and the other in order that he may be at the same time both young and old, in consequence of his absence of fear for the future.

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„The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.“

—  Oscar Wilde, livro Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young (1894)

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„But girls often marry when they are too young," exclaimed Mary-Marie quickly; "so, if you don't object to my age —“

—  L. Frank Baum Children's writer, editor, journalist, screenwriter 1856 - 1919
Short stories, "The Witchcraft of Mary-Marie", in Baum's American Fairy Tales (1908)

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„Whether I serve one or two terms in the Presidency, I will find myself at the end of that period at what might be called the awkward age — too old to begin a new career and too young to write my memoirs.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Attributed, Quoted in A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House, Arthur Schlesinger (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965), page 1017. http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Quotations.aspx According to a footnote in Schlesinger's manuscript (1st draft, page 1378), this was stated on February 13, 1961.

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„A year ago, I turned the final page of The Book of the Dead. I don't feel young any more.“

—  Garth Nix Australian fantasy writer 1963
Old Kingdom series (The Abhorsen Trilogy), Sabriel (1995), p. 46.

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