She had served my old master faithfully from youth to old age
. She had been the source of all his wealth; she had peo- pled his plantation with slaves; she had become a great grandmother in his service.
Besides the usual deformities in extreme old age, they acquired an additional ghastliness, in proportion to their number of years, which is not to be described; and among half a dozen, I soon distinguished which was the eldest, although there was not above a century or two between them.
Otherwise, as avarice is the necessary consequence of old age, those immortals would in time become proprietors of the whole nation, and engross the civil power, which, for want of abilities to manage, must end in the ruin of the public.
But when loathsome old age pressed full upon him, and he could not move nor lift his limbs, this seemed to her in her heart the best counsel: she laid him in a room and put to the shining doors.
But, as it is, harsh (29) old age will soon enshroud you -- ruthless age which stands someday at the side of every man, deadly, wearying, dreaded even by the gods.
Chuang Tzu said: "Tao* gives me this toil in manhood, this repose in old age
, this rest in death."
"Know, O White Man, that it is because of thy kind, because of all white men, that my man and I have no meat in our old age and sit without tobacco in the cold."
And so I come back from Cambell Fort, and no payment has been made, and Moklan is dead, and in my old age I am without fish and meat."
And now that five-and-fifty years were gone, she spoke of the dead man as if he had been her son or grandson, with a kind of pity for his youth, growing out of her own old age
, and an exalting of his strength and manly beauty as compared with her own weakness and decay; and yet she spoke about him as her husband too, and thinking of herself in connexion with him, as she used to be and not as she was now, talked of their meeting in another world, as if he were dead but yesterday, and she, separated from her former self, were thinking of the happiness of that comely girl who seemed to have died with him.
I promise you, Father, that I'll learn a trade, and I'll be the comfort and staff of your old age
Nature abhors the old, and old age
seems the only disease; all others run into this one.
The chevalier, now fifty-eight years of age, owned to only fifty; and he might well allow himself that innocent deception, for, among the other advantages granted to fair thin persons, he managed to preserve the still youthful figure which saves men as well as women from an appearance of old age
. Yes, remember this: all of life, or rather all the elegance that expresses life, is in the figure.
Years of imprisonment, and the still heavier burden of general incredulity and mockery, have combined with the natural decay of old age
to erase from his mind many of the thoughts and notions, and much also of the terminology, which he acquired during his short stay in Spaceland.
And this is a question which I should like to ask of you who have arrived at that time which the poets call the `threshold of old age
'--Is life harder towards the end, or what report do you give of it?
The cup may, therefore, be called 'the shield of Dionysus,' and the shield 'the cup of Ares.' Or, again, as old age
is to life, so is evening to day.