„A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.“

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„I say, 'I should like to die', but that's not true at all, I should like to get younger.... youth and old age are similar in more ways than one, and they are the two moments in life when one can feel one's own soul which would be a proof that it exists.“

— Berthe Morisot painter from France 1841 - 1895
quote in Berthe's notebook, after the death of her husband Eugène Manet, 1892; cited in Berthe Morisot, ed. Delafond and Genet-Bondeville, 1997, p. 70

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„Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.“

— Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
" Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night http://www.internal.org/view_poem.phtml?poemID=92" (1952)

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„Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate.“

— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
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„Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.“

— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

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„A happy youth, and their old age
Is beautiful and free.“

— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
The Fountain, st. ?? (1799).

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„Age is never so old as youth would measure it.“

— Jack London American author, journalist, and social activist 1876 - 1916
"The Wit of Porportuk" in The Best Short Stories of Jack London (1962)

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„Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age“

— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
Context: Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment.

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„Be it sports, theatre activities or even reading a book, I would feel I should read faster and more books than the others. Lazing around is not in my nature.“

— Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India 1950
Context: I have been an early riser since the beginning. My initial life demanded labour and effort for survival, so I am very hard working by nature. I would toil more than my peers. Be it sports, theatre activities or even reading a book, I would feel I should read faster and more books than the others. Lazing around is not in my nature. Even today, I don't avail a Sunday. I remember when I was a child, during the India–China war, 50 kilometres from my village; there was a railway junction from where the army was dispersing aid to the war field. I accompanied some young men who went there to serve tea and snacks and give a pep talk to boost the soldiers' spirits. I didn't know what exactly this whole act was about, but I was there[. ]

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