Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts about growing old:

  • Despite the problems that come with aging, I would not be a teenager again for $1,000 a day plus expenses.

  • I never really felt old until my younger brother retired.

  • This is the period of life that Disraeli referred to as "anecdotage."

  • Nothing is more ridiculous than discounts for senior citizens, when people in their 60s have far more wealth than people in their 30s.

  • These are my declining years. I decline all sorts of invitations and opportunities.

  • People who talk about "earlier and simpler times" are usually too young to remember those times -- and how complicated they were.

  • An old body is like an old automobile, where the brakes need repairing today, the steering wheel next month and the transmission after that.

  • Looking at old photographs makes it hard for me to believe that I was ever that thin physically. And remembering some of the things I did in those days makes it hard to believe that I was ever that thin mentally.

  • You would think that young people, with decades of life ahead of them, would look farther ahead and plan for the future more so than older people. But it is just the opposite. The young tend to be oriented to right now, while old-timers think about the future of their children and grandchildren, and worry about where the country is heading in the years ahead.

  • They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But maybe the old dog already knows about tricks that only seem new to the young -- and doesn't think much of those tricks.

  • When I was young, age 40 seemed so ancient that I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be 40. Now I can barely remember what it was like to be 40.

  • Age gives you an excuse for not being very good at things that you were not very good at when you were young.

  • An old saying is that we are once a man and twice a child. The difference is that we more or less automatically have parents to look after us the first time, but whether we will have someone to show us the same love and care when we are at the other end of life is another story.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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