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TOPIC: Age Quotes

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"I find as I grow older, that I love those most whom I loved first."

Source: A letter to Mary Jefferson Bolling, July 23, 1787
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
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"Mr. President:
I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them; for having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others."

Source: Speech to the Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787
Author: Franklin, Benjamin
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"Tranquility is the old man's milk. I go to enjoy it in a few days, and to exchange the roar and tumult of bulls and bears for the prattle of my grandchildren and senile rest."

Source: A letter to Edward Rutledge, June 24, 1797
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
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"My only fear now is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me."

Source: A letter to Philip Mazzei, March, 1801
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
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"...our machines have now been running seventy or eighty years, and we must expect that, worn as they are, here a pivot, there a wheel, now a pinion, next a spring, will be giving way; and however we may tinker them up for a while, all will at length surcease motion. Our watches, with works of brass and steel, wear out within that period. Shall you and I last to see the course the seven-fold wonders of the times will take?"

Source: A letter to John Adams, July 15, 1814
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
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"I have lived in this old and frail tenement a great many years; it is very much dilapidated; and, from all that I can learn, my landlord doesn't intend to repair it."

Source: A letter to Daniel Webster, around the 1820's
Author: Adams, John
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"Our Revolution commenced on more favorable grounds. It presented us an album on which we were free to write what we pleased. We had no occasion to search into musty records, to hunt up royal parchments, or to investigate the laws and institutions of a semi-barbarous ancestry. We appealed to those of nature, and found them engraved in our hearts."

Source: Letter written to John Cartwright, June 5, 1824, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Lipscomb and Bergh, vol. 16, p. 44
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
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