The Good Book: Proverbs, chapter 5: Age

1 – A head that is white is no maid’s delight.
As always, too broad – do no grand daughters love their grandfathers?
2 – Age, like love, cannot be hid.
3 – Age will not be defied.
4 – Age should think, youth should do.
But what of your call to action a mere four chapters ago?
5 – All would live long, but none would be old.
Old age makes us wiser and more foolish.
So I’m told.
6 – The autumn of the beautiful is beautiful.
7 – We do not count our years until we have nothing left to count.
So I’m told
8 – Age makes many white but not better.
Oh good, I thought we were about to go a whole chapter without the requisite self-congratulatory smugness.
9 – Few know how to be old well.
From what I’ve seen, all too true.
10 – Age plants more wrinkles in the mind than the face.
11 – Old is as one’s heart.
You know, it’s like ‘you’re as old as you feel’ only less accessibly phrased.
12 – Age comes uncalled.
13 – Old people see best in the distance.
I think he means they take the long view, but it’s hard to tell.
14 – Old age and the wear of time teach many things.
15 – The old age of an eagle is better than the youth of a sparrow.
Frankly, that sounds more like Grayling (born April 3, 1949) trying to convince himself than anyone else…
16 – What else are the elderly but voice and shadow?
…because this position is 180 degrees away from its predecessor.
17 – Old age is more to be feared than death.
And this one serves only to drive it home even harder. One infers a certain degree of inner conflict, vis a vis the mortality of the Grayling.