oldhood = 'old age'

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 15 02:46:08 UTC 2010

On Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

> makes it sound undesirable just to
> discourage others

I was first warned against growing old back in 1957, when an elderly
gent took me aside and advised,

"Son, don't get old."

But damned if *I* was discouraged! I went ahead and *got* old. No one
tell *me* what to do! Here of late, though, I've come to feel that the
old guy and Matthew Arnold were correct.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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