I listened in admiration, and wanting to draw him out, that he might go on--Yes, Cephalus, I said: but I rather suspect that people in general are not convinced by you when you speak thus; they think that old age sits lightly upon you, not because of your happy disposition, but because you are rich, and wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
And to those who are not rich and are impatient of old age, the same reply may be made; for to the good poor man old age cannot be a light burden, nor can a bad rich man ever have peace with himself.
Yet who can help feeling that his style is regular because the matter he deals with is the somewhat uncontentious, even, limited soul, of an age not imaginative, and unambitious in its speculative flight?
Lamb, like Wordsworth, still kept the charm of a serenity,  a precision, unsurpassed by the quietest essayist of the preceding age.
With respect to the final cause of the young in these cases not undergoing any metamorphosis, or closely resembling their parents from their earliest age, we can see that this would result from the two following contingencies; firstly, from the young, during a course of modification carried on for many generations, having to provide for their own wants at a very early stage of development, and secondly, from their following exactly the same habits of life with their parents; for in this case, it would be indispensable for the existence of the species, that the child should be modified at a very early age in the same manner with its parents, in accordance with their similar habits.
It can be proved true in those cases alone in which the ancient state, now supposed to be represented in many embryos, has not been obliterated, either by the successive variations in a long course of modification having supervened at a very early age, or by the variations having been inherited at an earlier period than that at which they first appeared.
At ninety, they lose their teeth and hair; they have at that age
no distinction of taste, but eat and drink whatever they can get, without relish or appetite.
Perhaps his name might be found in the records of that stern Court of Justice, which passed a sentence, too mighty for the age
, but glorious in all after-times, for its humbling lesson to the monarch and its high example to the subject.
And now, when weighed down by the pains and aches of old age
, when the head inclines to the feet, when the beginning and ending of human existence meet, and helpless infancy and painful old age
combine to- gether--at this time, this most needful time, the time for the exercise of that tenderness and affection which children only can exercise towards a declining parent--my poor old grandmother, the devoted mother of twelve children, is left all alone, in yonder little hut, before a few dim embers.
The average life expectancy of a Martian after the age
of maturity is about three hundred years, but would be nearer the one-thousand mark were it not for the various means leading to violent death.
You have often been told that it is rude to make personal remarks, but the age
of Anne was the age
of personal remarks, and they were not considered rude.
The country as a whole was really increasing in prosperity; Edward was fostering trade, and the towns and some of the town-merchants were becoming wealthy; but the oppressiveness of the feudal system, now becoming outgrown, was apparent, abuses in society and state and church were almost intolerable, and the spirit which was to create our modern age
, beginning already in Italy to move toward the Renaissance, was felt in faint stirrings even so far to the North as England.
Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again it will solve the problem of the age
At her age
she naturally shrank from revisiting the home scenes now occupied by the strangers to whom our house had been let.
Even the wise and mysterious therns of Barsoom, that ancient cult which for countless ages
has been credited with holding the secret of life and death in their impregnable fastnesses upon the hither slopes of the Mountains of Otz, are as ignorant as we.