The volume herewith presented is the natural result of the compiler's habit of transferring and classifying significant passages from known authors. No special course of reading has been pursued, the thoughts being culled from foreign and native tongues—from the moss-grown tomes of ancient literature and the verdant fields of to-day.
permits not that our mortal members, which are frozen with our years, should retain the vigor of our youth.--Dryden.
Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice, for age whitens only the hair.--J. Petit Senn.
Up to forty a woman has only forty springs in her heart. After that age she has only forty winters.--Arsène Houssaye.
I love everything that's old. Old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.--Goldsmith.
Let us respect gray hairs, especially our own.--J. Petit Senn.
There are two things which grow stronger in the breast of man, in proportion as he advances in years: the love of country and religion. Let them be never so much forgotten in youth, they sooner or later present themselves to us arrayed in all their charms, and excite in the recesses of our hearts an attachment justly due to their beauty.--Chateaubriand.