The Book of Threes

Dryden, John (1631-1700)

Dryden, John   "These are the effect of doting age; vain doubts, and idle cares, and over-caution."

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Arnold, Matthew (1822-88)

Arnold, Matthew   "One's age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. – Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. – At mid-day the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but in the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful."

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Bonstetten, Carl Victor de (1735-1842)

Bonstetten, Carl Victor de   "To resist the frigitity of old age one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. – And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love."

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Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carrol   "You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose That your eye was as steady as ever; Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose – What made you so awfully clever?" "I have answered three questions, and that is enough," Said his father. "Don't give yourself airs! […]

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)   "At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment."

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