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Daemon
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The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)
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This is unfortunately the case. Whatever horrid habits one acquired as a young person, intensify in old age. However, I must add that whatever good habits one acquired as a young person, also intensify in old age. Old age holds an honest mirror to one's past.

I have lived many years. I have seen old people who were curmudgeonly, stingy, nasty, surly, bitter, and any number of negative attributes, who were all the more so in old age.

I have also known old people who were kind, generous, caring, sweet, affectionate, and any number of positive attributes, who were all the more so in their old age.

Of course, those who were negative in their attitudes had fewer friends, tended to gossip with the same kind of grumpy people, and were unhappy in their old age.

On the other hand, those who showed positive attitudes, had an abundance of good friends of all ages, had no time to gossip, and were extremely happy in their old age.

You are what you make of yourself.
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I may not 100% agree with his quote, but I downloaded an ebook 'Crime and Punishment' to read.
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Daemon wrote:
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)


That's why it is better to marry in the first half of man's life even if a marriage made in heaven...
Joseph Grech
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I think that's a bit hogwash.... It depends on the openness one has to keep evolving, hopefully for the better Eh?
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I agree with this great writer's judgment. And consequently, I never believe a political man such as ex-French president Sarkozy when he claims : "I HAVE CHANGED".
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How do we know what is the second half of one's life and when should it have its beginning?
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I agree with Fyodor! It's an essential truth for 97 per cent of population!
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Not to everyone. Some people keep changing for hole life. Some of them don't die older.
But, for the most, the habits get intensify as time pass.
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The feminine addition: the same applies to the woman.
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Dostoyevsky is correctly right in his suggestion but not all the way. I also believe that who we are is more about what we know, and the more we learn about things is the more [u]we become accustomed[/u (Habits) but then there's always change in the way we think (knowledge+new experiences) and because of that, there's always room for change in our manners.
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"First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you."
Rob Gilbert
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This comment is based on a good principle.

It is not easy to change habit.

However, people who examine their lives** and put forth the effort can develop new habits.

That being said, there is a reason we have the habits we do and it will take commitment and dedication to rewire our habits into something worth habituating.

**The unexamined life is said to be not worth living...
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I don't think we can judge that for ourselves, let alone for others.
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I don't like dictums that are poured in concrete. Some of us are able to reflect, adjust, change and strive to be better than we were in our earlier years. Growth is not limited to the young!
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Daemon wrote:
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)




Poor bastard, I'd hate it for him if he was still around.
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That quote is real talk.
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we're working on the manuscript (translated) of the book Crime and Punishment (using the English version to translate them into our language).
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"The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half."

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

After musing over today's quote by Dostoyevsky, I thought there were many comments I greatly appreciated reading.

One of the thoughts that came to my mind, was that in recent years, I have come to realize, to my shock and amazement, that all old people are not all good.
I used to believe this about the elderly. Now to my dismay, I have learnt that if a person is a thief, or a lier, or a 'con-man' for example , they just get better at what they do as they age.

I used to think the aged were all kind souls, filled with integrity and wisdom; they were not selfish or greedy, cunningly calculating, or predators who sat waiting for an innocent idiot to prey on; such as those they perceive as being the weak, or the dumb, or the naive...or the desperate...or those who at last have succumbed to despair...or those whose loneliness has engulfed them in a mind numbing daze, who willing go to their deaths for a fragment of love or a particle of worthiness, acceptance, inclusiveness as they gaze into the eyeless sockets of their executioner.

Yes, I used to think they were all like loving parents--who of course loved their children and were protective of them. Not heartless men or women who have grown old without remorse or shame or reverence-- and who still only care about gain..at the expense of what is most earnest, sacred and true.

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That means that, there is no hope of getting sny good and pure politician at all.. How distress it is!
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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:31:14 PM
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Daemon wrote:
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)


The second half of a man's life should be spent trimming the habits acquired during the first half and getting rid of the deadwood.
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