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  • AGADA
  • Between the rugged boulders of the law which bestrew the path of the Talmud, there grow the blue flowers of romance - parable, tale, gnome, saga; its elements are taken from heaven and earth, but chiefly and most lovingly from the human heart and from Scripture, for every verse and every word in this latter became, as it were, a golden nail upon which it hung its gorgeous tapestries.
    E. Deutsch, The Talmud, 1867.
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  • AGADA
  • Do you wish to know Him, by whose word the world came into being? Then study Agada.
    Sifré #49, to Deut. 11.22, ed Friedmann, 85a. Cf Maimonides, Yad: Melakim, 12.2.
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  • AGADA
  • The precious pearls that lie upon the bed of the talmudic ocean, the agadic passages so rich in beauty and sweetness.
    Aboab, Menorat HaMaor, c. 1300, Preface.
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  • AGATHE
  • Was ist an der Agathe, das weiss Beate.
    Vläm.: Agte kent Truyen wel.
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  • AGATHENTAG
  • Am St.-Agathastage rieselt das Wasser den Weg herab, am Matthiastage (24. Feb.) lass deine Bienen heraus und am Martinstage (11. 11.) bringe die Kuh in den Stall.
    fr] A la St.-Adietta, l'ivué avô la tzerreiretta, a la St.-Matthias, bouna féna, djita téja, a la St.-Martin, la vatse vu liu.
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  • AGATHENTAG
  • Am Agathentag die Hälfte Heu und die Hälfte Stroh. (Schweiz.)
    Frz.: A la St.-Adietta demi schon fin et demis cha pailletta.
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  • AGAZIKRAMPUS
  • Du windverzarrter (verzerrter) Agazikrampus1. (Mareta.)
    info] Ein wiener Schimpfwort.
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  • AGE
  • A look so pale no quartane ever gave;
    My dwindled legs seem crawling to a grave.
    DRYDEN: Juvenal
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  • AGE
  • Age by degrees invisibly doth creep,
    Nor do we seem to die, but fall asleep.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
    Her infinite variety.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • Age has not yet
    So shrunk my sinews, or so chill'd my veins,
    But conscious virtue in my breast remains.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Age is froward, uneasy, scrutinous,
    Hard to be pleased, and parsimonious.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Age sits with decent grace upon his visage,
    And worthily becomes his silver locks;
    He wears the marks of many years well spent,
    Of virtue, truth well tried, and wise experience.
    ROWE: Jane Shore
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  • AGE
  • Age too shines out, and, garrulous, recounts
    The feats of youth.
    THOMSON: Seasons
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  • AGE
  • Age's chief arts, and arms, are to grow wise;
    Virtue to know, and known, to exercise.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Age, like ripe apples, on earth's bosom drops;
    While force our youth, like fruits, untimely crops.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days
    Have led their children through the mirthful maze;
    And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore,
    Has frisk'd beneath the burden of threescore.
    GOLDSMITH: Traveller
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  • AGE
  • An age that melts in unperceived decay,
    And glides in modest innocence away.
    DR. S. JOHNSON: Vanity of Human Wishes
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  • AGE
  • An old man, broken with the storms of state,
    Is come to lay his weary bones among ye:
    Give him a little earth for charity.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • And may at last my weary age
    Find out the peaceful hermitage,
    The hairy gown and mossy cell,
    Where I may sit and rightly spell
    Of every star that heaven doth shew
    And every herb that sips the dew;
    Till old experience do attain
    To something like prophetic strain.
    MILTON: Il Penseroso
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  • AGE
  • And on this forehead (where your verse has said
    The loves delighted, and the graces play'd)
    Insulting age will trace his cruel way,
    And leave sad marks of his destructive sway.
    PRIOR
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  • AGE
  • And sin's black dye seems blanch'd by age to virtue.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • At your age
    The heyday in the blood is tame, it's humble,
    And waits upon the judgment.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • Authority kept up, old age secures,
    Whose dignity as long as life endures.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Beroe but now I left; whom, pined with pain,
    Her age and anguish from these rites detain.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Boys must not have th' ambitious care of men;
    Nor men the weak anxieties of age.
    ROSCOMMON
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  • AGE
  • But an old age serene and bright
    And lovely as a Lapland night
    Shall lead thee to thy grave.
    WORDSWORTH
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  • AGE
  • But if you'll prosper, mark what I advise,
    Whom age and long experience render wise.
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • By one countless sum of woes opprest,
    Hoary with cares, and ignorant of rest,
    We find the vital springs relax'd and worn:
    Thus, through the round of age, to childhood we return.
    PRIOR
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  • AGE
  • By weak'ning toil and hoary age o'ercome,
    See thy decrease, and hasten to thy tomb.
    PRIOR
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  • AGE
  • Come, my lord;
    We will bestow you in some better place, -
    Fitter for sickness and for crazy age.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone,
    To all my friends a burden grown.
    SWIFT.
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  • AGE
  • Dotard, said he, let be thy deep advise,
    Seems that through many years thy wits thee fail,
    And that weak eld hath left thee nothing wise,
    Else never should thy judgment be so frail.
    SPENSER: Faerie Queene
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  • AGE
  • Eighty odd years of sorrow have I seen,
    And each hour's joy wreck'd with a week of teen.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • From pert to stupid sinks supinely down,
    In youth a coxcomb, and in age a clown.
    SPECTATOR
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  • AGE
  • Hard toil can roughen form and face,
    And want can quench the eye's bright grace;
    Nor does old age a wrinkle trace
    More deeply than despair.
    SIR W. SCOTT: Marmion
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  • AGE
  • Has life no sourness, drawn so near its end?
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • He look'd in years, yet in his years were seen
    A youthful vigor, and autumnal green.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • He now, observant of the parting ray,
    Eyes the calm sunset of thy various day.
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • His youth and age
    All of a piece throughout, and all divine.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
    A youth of labour with an age of ease!
    GOLDSMITH: Deserted Village
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  • AGE
  • How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!
    I have long dream'd of such a kind of man,
    So surfeit-swell'd, so old, and so profane.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • I have lived long enough: my way of life
    Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf:
    And that which should accompany old age,
    As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
    I must not look to have.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • I thought the remnant of mine age
    Should have been cherished by her childlike duty.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • In life's last scene what prodigies surprise,
    Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise!
    From Marlb'rough's eyes the streams of dotage flow,
    And Swift expires a driv'ler and a show.
    DR. S. JOHNSON: Vanity of Human Wishes
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  • AGE
  • In years he seem'd, but not impair'd by years.
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • Jove, grant me length of life, and years good store
    Heap on my bended back.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Just in the gate
    Dwelt pale diseases and repining age.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Kindness itself too weak a charm will prove
    To raise the feeble fires of aged love.
    PRIOR
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  • AGE
  • Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
    You've play'd, and loved, and ate, and drank your fill:
    Walk sober off before a sprightlier age
    Comes tittering on, and shoves you from the stage:
    Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease,
    Whom folly pleases, and whose follies please.
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • Let him keep
    A hundred knights; yes, that on ev'ry dream,
    Each buz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike,
    He may enguard his dotage.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • Let not old age disgrace my high desire,
    O heavenly soul, in human shape contain'd!
    Old wood inflamed doth yield the bravest fire,
    When younger doth in smoke his virtue spend.
    SIR P. SIDNEY
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  • AGE
  • Let's take the instant by the forward top:
    For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
    Th' inaudible and noiseless foot of time
    Steals, ere we can effect them.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • Like our shadows,
    Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.
    YOUNG: Night Thoughts
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  • AGE
  • My hasting days fly on with full career,
    But my late spring no bud nor blossom sheweth.
    MILTON
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  • AGE
  • Nature, as it grows again tow'rds earth,
    Is fashion'd for the journey, dull and heavy.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • Nor can the snow that age does shed
    Upon thy rev'rend head,
    Quench or allay the noble fire within;
    But that youth can be thou art.
    COWLEY
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  • AGE
  • Nor should their age by years be told,
    Whose souls more swift than motion climb,
    And check the tardy flight of time.
    GEORGE SANDYS
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  • AGE
  • Not from grey hairs authority doth flow,
    Nor from bald heads, nor from a wrinkled brow;
    But our past life, when virtuously spent,
    Must to our age those happy fruits present.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Now leave these joys, unsuiting to thy age,
    To a fresh comer, and resign the stage.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Now then the ills of age, its pains, its care,
    The drooping spirit for its fate prepare;
    And each affection failing, leaves the heart
    Loosed from life's charm, and willing to depart.
    CRABBE
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  • AGE
  • Now wasting years my former strength confound,
    And added woes have bow'd me to the ground:
    Yet by the stubble you may guess the grain,
    And mark the ruins of no common man.
    BROOME
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  • AGE
  • O heavens!
    If you do love old men, if your sweet sway
    Allow obedience, if yourselves are old,
    Make it your cause.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • O'er whom Time gently shakes his wings of down,
    Till with his silent sickle they are mown.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Of Age's avarice I cannot see
    What colour, ground, or reason there can be;
    Is it not folly, when the way we ride
    Is short, for a long journey to provide?
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Of no distemper, of no blast he died,
    But fell like autumn fruit that mellow'd long;
    Even wonder'd at, because he dropt no sooner.
    Fate seem'd to wind him up for fourscore years;
    Yet freshly ran he on ten winters more:
    Till like a clock worn out with eating time,
    The wheels of weary life at last stood still.
    DRYDEN: Oedipus
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  • AGE
  • Oh! if to dance all night, and dress all day,
    Charm'd the small-pox, or chased old age away,
    Who would not scorn what housewife's cares produce?
    Or who would learn one earthly thing of use?
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • Old age, with silent pace, comes creeping on,
    Nauseates the praise which in her youth she won,
    And hates the muse by which she was undone.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Old husbandmen I at Sabinum know,
    Who for another year dig, plough, and sow;
    For never any man was yet so old,
    But hoped his life one winter more would hold.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • On his bold visage middle age
    Had slightly press'd its signet sage.
    SIR W. SCOTT: Lady of the Lake.
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  • AGE
  • Our green youth copies what grey sinners act,
    When age commends the fact.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Our nature here is not unlike our wine;
    Some sorts, when old, continue brisk and fine:
    So age's gravity may seem severe,
    But nothing harsh or bitter ought t' appear.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Propp'd on his staff, and stooping as he goes,
    A painted mitre shades his furrow'd brows;
    The god, in this decrepit form array'd,
    The gardens enter'd, and the fruits survey'd.
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • Prudence, thou vainly in our youth art sought,
    And with age purchased, art too dearly bought:
    We're past the use of wit for which we toil:
    Late fruit, and planted in too cold a soil.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • Ripe age bade him surrender late
    His life and long good fortune unto final fate.
    FAIRFAX
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  • AGE
  • She still renews the ancient scene;
    Forgets the forty years between;
    Awkwardly gay and oddly merry;
    Her scarf pale pink, her head-knot cherry.
    PRIOR
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  • AGE
  • So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop
    Into thy mother's lap; or be with ease
    Gather'd, not harshly pluck'd.
    MILTON
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  • AGE
  • So noiseless would I live, such death to find:
    Like timely fruit, not shaken by the wind,
    But ripely dropping from the sapless bough.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • So peaceful shalt thou end thy blissful days,
    And steal thyself from life by slow decays.
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • So shall I court thy dearest truth
    When beauty ceases to engage:
    So thinking on thy charming youth,
    I'll love it o'er again in age.
    PRIOR
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  • AGE
  • Such drowsy sedentary souls have they
    Who would to patriarchal years live on,
    Fix'd to hereditary clay,
    And know no climate but their own.
    NORRIS
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  • AGE
  • Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.
    DR. S. JOHNSON: Vanity of Human Wishes
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  • AGE
  • The feeble old, indulgent of their ease.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • The poor, the rich, the valiant, and the sage,
    And boasting youth, and narrative old age.
    POPE
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  • AGE
  • The remnant of his days he safely past,
    Nor found they lagg'd too slow, nor flew too fast;
    He made his wish with his estate comply,
    Joyful to live, yet not afraid to die.
    PRIOR
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  • AGE
  • The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
    With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side;
    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shanks.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd,
    Lets in new light through chinks that time has made;
    Stronger by weakness, wiser men become
    As they draw near to their eternal home.
    WALLER
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  • AGE
  • The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth produce,
    But autumn makes them ripe, and fit for use:
    So age a mature mellowness doth set
    On the green promises of youthful heat.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • The still returning tale, and lingering jest,
    Perplex the fawning niece, and pamper'd guest,
    While growing hopes scarce awe the gath'ring sneer,
    And scarce a legacy can bribe to hear.
    DR. S. JOHNSON: Vanity of Human Wishes
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  • AGE
  • The tree of deepest root is found
    Least willing still to quit the ground;
    'Twas therefore said by ancient sages
    That love of life increased with years,
    So much that in our latter stages,
    When pains grow sharp, and sickness rages,
    The greatest love of life appears.
    MRS. THRALE: Three Warnings
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  • AGE
  • Then old age and experience, hand in hand,
    Lead him to death and make him understand,
    After a search so painful and so long,
    That all his life he had been in the wrong.
    ROCHESTER
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  • AGE
  • Then, in full age, and hoary holiness,
    Retire, great teacher, to thy promised bliss:
    Untouch'd thy tomb, uninjured be thy dust,
    As thy own fame among the future just!
    PRIOR
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  • AGE
  • These are the effects of doting age,
    Vain doubts, and idle cares, and over caution.
    DRYDEN: Sebastian
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  • AGE
  • These I wielded while my bloom was warm,
    Ere age unstrung my nerves, or time o'ersnow'd my head.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • This advantage youth from age hath won,
    As not to be outridden though outrun.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGE
  • This day then let us not be told
    That you are sick, and I grown old;
    Nor think on our approaching ills,
    And talk of spectacles and pills.
    SWIFT.
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  • AGE
  • Those trifles wherein children take delight
    Grow nauseous to the young man's appetite,
    And from those gaieties our youth requires
    To exercise their minds, our age retires.
    SIR J. DENHAM
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  • AGE
  • Thou hast not youth or age;
    But as it were an after-dinner sleep,
    Dreaming on both; for all thy blessed youth
    Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms
    Of palsy'd eld: and when thou'rt old and rich,
    Thou'st neither heat, affection, limb, nor beauty,
    To make thy riches pleasant.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGE
  • Thou must outlive
    Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty, which will change
    To wither'd, weak, and grey.
    MILTON
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