„Once he’d been in his twenties, looking forward. Now he was a shade past fifty, and what he looked back on was subtly less satisfactory than what he had looked forward to.“

—  Algis Budrys, The Executioner, p. 122 (originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, January 1956)
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