Cicero On Old Age
If at every stage of your career you always do the right thing, your actions will bring you remarkable dividends when you have lived a long time and achieved a great deal.
The most effective armor against the approach of age is absolute clarity about the difference between right and wrong.
Live a healthy life, by exercising moderately and by not eating and drinking too much.
It doesn’t matter how much time has passed; a foolish old man can never be consoled or comforted.
Great things are achieved by prudence and character and experience.
If some people are dissatisfied with their life, it’s because of their character, not their age.
Human nature is like wine: it does not invariably sour just because it is old.
I have often remarked that the harvest of old age is memory—the memory of whatever good things have happened to us before we get old.
Excerpted from The Red Flare by Cicero / Translation by G. B. Cobbold
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