Crone-hood: Embracing wisdom that comes with age
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, , 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière
Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed,
Lets in new light through chinks that time hath made.
There is still no cure for the common birthday.
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'Tis well to give honour and glory to age,
With its lessons of wisdom and truth;
Yet who would not go back to the fanciful page,
And the fairy tale read but in youth?
~Eliza Cook, "Stanzas," , 1840
An old woman looks in a mirror, recalls a little girl with a rag doll, and wonders what became of the little girl.
With added experience and more minute examination, the wise man becomes more conscious of his own ignorance and impotence, of the un-sympathizing and uncontrollable course of nature, of the gigantic evils which he is powerless to remedy; this causes his sorrowful confession (ver.