They were generally poverty-stricken; always plebeian and obscure; working with unsuccessful diligence at handicrafts; laboring on the wharves, or following the sea, as sailors before the mast; living here and there about the town, in hired tenements, and coming finally to the almshouse as the natural home of their old age
It was a folly, with the materiality of this daily life pressing so intrusively upon me, to attempt to fling myself back into another age
, or to insist on creating the semblance of a world out of airy matter, when, at every moment, the impalpable beauty of my soap-bubble was broken by the rude contact of some actual circumstance.
No doubt temperament, and, above all, age
, have a good deal to do with it.
The language of this country being always upon the flux, the STRULDBRUGS of one age
do not understand those of another; neither are they able, after two hundred years, to hold any conversation (farther than by a few general words) with their neighbours the mortals; and thus they lie under the disadvantage of living like foreigners in their own country.
She knows that people who piece together the beautiful trifles die early, because the labor is so confining, and so exhausting to hand and brain, and so she has decreed that all these people who reach the age
of sixty shall have a pension after that
I reached the age
when the strongest of all the passions seizes on the senses, and asserts its mastery over mind and body alike.
For instance, I cannot doubt that all the Silurian trilobites have descended from some one crustacean, which must have lived long before the Silurian age
, and which probably differed greatly from any known animal.
As the only even partially democratic institution of the age
it attracted to itself the most ambitious and able men of all classes.
Such things have continued to be made in all ages
, and are now, wherever a healthy physique exists; but, as a class, from their superior organization, they have surpassed all.
She had served my old master faithfully from youth to old age
When is a man to be safe from such wit, if age
and infirmity will not protect him?
Happy the age
, happy the time, to which the ancients gave the name of golden, not because in that fortunate age
the gold so coveted in this our iron one was gained without toil, but because they that lived in it knew not the two words "mine" and "thine"
Or, again, as old age
is to life, so is evening to day.
At last the golden age
of Chinese poetry is at hand.
He wore the old Puritan dress, a dark cloak and a steeplecrowned hat, in the fashion of at least fifty years before, with a heavy sword upon his thigh, but a staff in his hand to assist the tremulous gait of age