Words of Wisdom

There's a lot to be learned from the accumulated wisdom of the ages.  Here are some of my favorite tidbits from ancient and contemporary thinkers.

Aging is up to nature, but decay is up to you.

  Henry S. Lodge, M. D.
(1958 - 2017)

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

  William Wallace
(1270 - 1305)

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

  Henry David Thoreau
(1817 - 1862)

It's not how old you are. It's how you are old.

  Jules Renard
(1864 - 1910)

For in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

  Abraham Lincoln
(1809 - 1865)

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

  Albert Einstein
(1879 - 1955)

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.

  Kitty O'Neill Collins
(? - ?)

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.

  James Joyce
(1882 - 1941)

You can complain about roses having thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

  Ziggy Cartoon

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even while he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

  St. Augustine
(354 - 430 A.D.)

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.

  John Stuart Mill
(1806 - 1873)

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

  Oscar Wilde
(1854 - 1900)

Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

  Dave Berry
(1947 - ? )

Normal? What's that? The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.

  Douglas Adams
(1952 - 2001)
[An aside:  Mr. Adams was an author, probably most famous for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its progeny.  Sadly, Mr. Adams died at the age of 49 of a heart attack.  Just a little more motivation for all of us to get busy “Upgrading.”]

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