Quote by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Age is a terrible avenger. The lessons of life give you so much to work with, but by the time you've got all this great wisdom, you don't get to be young anymore.
This quote emphasizes the bittersweet nature of the aging process. It suggests that with age comes valuable life experience and wisdom, but unfortunately, as one accumulates these lessons, they also lose their youth and the accompanying opportunities and experiences. The quote implies that time passes relentlessly, robbing individuals of the chance to fully utilize the knowledge and understanding they have gained through the passage of time. It highlights the irony that by the time one reaches a stage of wisdom, they have also lost the ability to relish the youthful vigor that once accompanied their lack of knowledge.
If my duty to my parents is a superstition, then so is my duty to posterity. If justice is a superstition, then so is my duty to my country or my race. If the pursuit of scientific knowledge is a real value, then so is conjugal fidelity. The rebellion of new ideologies against the Tao is a rebellion of the branches against the tree: if the rebels could succeed they would find that they had destroyed themselves.
In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which, because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action.