Middle-age has its compensations. You feel no need to do what you do not like. You are no longer ashamed of yourself; you are reconciled to being what you are, and you do not much mind what people think of you.
Each ten years of a man's life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.
The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
Middle-age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Middle age: when you begin to exchange your emotions for symptoms.
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
Middle age occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.
Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.
The philosophers of the Middle Ages demonstrated both that the Earth did not exist and also that it was flat. Today they are still arguing about whether the world exists, but they no longer dispute about whether it is flat.
The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and humane reflection: it is scholastic and proper to the Middle Ages and to Germany.
Middle age is when you're faced with two temptations and you choose the one that will get you home by nine o'clock.
Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.
There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere of the later Middle Ages.
Whoever, in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself. Each ten years of a man's life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.
No student of history can fail to see the moral interest of the Middle Ages, any more than an artist can fail to see their aesthetic interest.
Middle age: The time when you'll do anything to feel better, except give up what is hurting you.
You know you're getting old when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.
There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
Middle age is when you still believe you'll feel better in the morning.
Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.
One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.
What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.
Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is, his thought is deeply impregnated with the spirit of the Middle Ages. He belonged, almost equally, to the future and to the past.
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