Category Archives: AGEING

Better a little fire to warm us than a great one to burn us.

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 120interiorsinco00baer_0063“The old never lack for a story when they’re standing in the sun or in front of a warm fireplace.”- Sicilian Proverb

 

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The silver swan, who living had no note, When death approached, unlocked her silent throat; Leaning her breast against the reedy shore, Thus sung her first and last, and sung no more: ‘Farewell, all joys; Oh death, come close mine eyes; More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.’ 1612 TheFirst Set of Madrigals and Motets of Five Parts,’The Silver Swan’.

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Renee Winegarten :

Old age cannot be cured. An epoch or a civilization cannot be prevented from breathing its last. A natural process that happens to all flesh and all human manifestations cannot be arrested. You can only wring your hands and utter a beautiful swan song.

[Renee Winegarten (b. 1922), British author, critic. “The Idea of Decadence,” Commentary (New York, Sept. 1974).]

http://www.poemhunter.com/search/?a=0&w=quotation&q=SWAN&ord=&y=1&p=5

The late ferry is leaving now; I stay to watch from the balcony

ROBERT GRAY THE LATE FERRY

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TUMBULGUM NORTHERN NSW

“And I shall watch the ferry boats, and they’ll get high, on a bluer ocean against tomorrow’s sky. and i will never grow so old again, and i will walk and talk, in gardens all wet with rain…” – Van Morrison

http://beachchairscientist.com/2012/06/08/100-ocean-quotes/