No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation. 

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In old age... we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
Knut Hamsun (Wandereres, 1909)
When good befalls a man he calls it Providence, when evil fate.
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There is nothing like being left alone again, to walk peacefully with oneself in the woods. To boil one's coffee and fill one's pipe, and to think idly and slowly as one does it. 
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