If, in my retirement to the humble station of a private citizen, i am accompanied with the esteem and approbation of my fellow citizens, trophies obtained by the bloodstained steel, or the tattered flags of the tented field, will never be envied. the care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
Work almost always has a double aspect: it is a bondage, a wearisome drudgery; but it is also a source of interest, a steadying element, a factor that helps to integrate the worker with society. Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.
It's like living in a retirement home! clarence is taking a nap right now, and he eats at five. it's so boring." "you've only been here for two days." "and that's been more than enough. the only thing keeping me alive is that he keeps a hefty supply of liquor on hand. but at the rate i'm going, that'll be gone by the weekend. jesus christ, i'm climbing the walls." his eyes fell on the cross at my neck. "oh. sorry. no offense to jesus.