„If by the time we're sixty we haven't learned what a knot of paradox and contradiction life is, and how exquisitely the good and the bad are mingled in every action we take, and what a compromising hostess Our Lady of Truth is, we haven't grown old to much purpose.“

—  John Cowper Powys, The Art of Growing Old (1944), p. 13 <!-- London: Jonathan Cape -->
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