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There must be no premature renunciation, physical or emotional.  The heart, like the body, needs exercise.  Naturally there can be no deliberate stirring up of emotion, but why, merely for reasons of age, should one deny oneself those that can be genuinely experienced?  Because old men in love are ridiculous?  They are ridiculous only if they forget that they are old men.  There is nothing ridiculous about two old people really in love.  Each still finds in the other those qualities which were admired in youth.  Tender consideration, affection, and admiration have no age.  In fact, it often happens that, when youth and its passions have vanished, love takes on an asceticism which is delightful.  Sensual misunderstandings disappear with physical desire and jealousy with youth; impetuosity wanes with the body’s strength.  From the remnants of a stormy youth may be created an agreeable old age.  Thus the existence of a couple resembles a river which leaps dangerously over jagged rocks near its source, but whose clear waters flow more slowly as it approaches the sea, its broad surface reflecting the poplars along its banks and the stars at night.
     —    André Maurois
On This Day In:
2012 Keeping Faith
2011 Summon Us, Don’t Criticize Us
2010 Obama’s Wars – Book Review
Game Two – Hearbreaking Loss

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