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Daemon
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He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)
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Another piece or wisdom from very long ago which is still true. Doctors acknowledge that a calm and happy nature does much to keep people healthy. As the Bible says: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones". Proverbs 17:22 Kings James Version.
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Long time gone. Plato is.
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Daemon wrote:
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)


Most interesting is the case which combines both an unhappy youth and a happy old age. Joy can exist without calmness, what about happiness?
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The age is in our heads
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We need more of Plato today. One of the most beautiful lines (among many others) that simply make me love Plato more than any other lover of wisdom:

“what if the man could see Beauty Itself, pure, unalloyed, stripped of mortality, and all its pollution, stains, and vanities, unchanging, divine,...the man becoming in that communion, the friend of God, himself immortal;...would that be a life to disregard?”
excaelis
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An old man is twice a child.
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True words. Did he know Bible?
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The quote in context, from The Republic -Book I Glaucon - Cephalus - Socrates


"I will tell you, Socrates, he said, what my own feeling is. Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says; and at our meetings the tale of my acquaintance commonly is--I cannot eat, I cannot drink; the pleasures of youth and love are fled away: there was a good time once, but now that is gone, and life is no longer life. Some complain of the slights which are put upon them by relations, and they will tell you sadly of how many evils their old age is the cause. But to me, Socrates, these complainers seem to blame that which is not really in fault. For if old age were the cause, I too being old, and every other old man, would have felt as they do. But this is not my own experience, nor that of others whom I have known. How well I remember the aged poet Sophocles, when in answer to the question, How does love suit with age, Sophocles,--are you still the man you were? Peace, he replied; most gladly have I escaped the thing of which you speak; I feel as if I had escaped from a mad and furious master. His words have often occurred to my mind since, and they seem as good to me now as at the time when he uttered them. For certainly old age has a great sense of calm and freedom; when the passions relax their hold, then, as Sophocles says, we are freed from the grasp not of one mad master only, but of many. The truth is, Socrates, that these regrets, and also the complaints about relations, are to be attributed to the same cause, which is not old age, but men's characters and tempers; for he who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden."

Read the book or more of it :http://www.classicreader.com/book/1788/6/
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walirlan wrote:
True words. Did he know Bible?


It's rather impossible:)
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excaelis wrote:
An old man is twice a child.


That's true
pedro
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but lay off the hemlock
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Had Plato edited the Bible, what do you think this world should be now?
Trivium_Discipulus
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Attitude place a key role in our perception as does our environment.

The key is to control what you can control, be it your attitude or changes to your environment.
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Daemon wrote:
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)


Age is a number. You can choose to be calm and happy--and old age will not be your conqueror. Curmudgeonly folk tend to be old at a young age!
Elorac
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Being 20 with 32 years experience....I agree :-)
JUSTIN Excellence
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Life, though it may seem long, is in truth all too short. My deepest thanks for your offer of wisdom my master. This moment we've got is just a matter of tasteful living.






Gary98
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Boo hoo!
Khaled Maher
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happiness is life. get more extra life Whistle
Alexander Lo
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An old man walks pass my house every morning. He told me he is 90 year-old and he is happy. He told me that everything morning he wakes up and he feels great becausse it is an extra day for him. He was young and strong once; he has his time and now enjoying the over time.
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excaelis wrote:
An old man is twice a child.


So true. We come into this world with no hair, no teeth, and in need of a diaper.

Many of us go out the same way.
Now, if I could only find a pretty young girl to breast feed me when it's my turn to leave...Whistle
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