Quote by John Nuveen
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
This quote suggests that one's level of open-mindedness and willingness to embrace new ideas can be indicative of their age. The "pain" mentioned refers to the discomfort or resistance one might experience when being exposed to a novel idea that challenges their existing beliefs or perspectives. The more resistant and uncomfortable a person feels towards different ideas, the more it implies an unwillingness to change or adapt, suggesting a more rigid mindset and potentially older age. Conversely, those who readily accept and engage with new concepts may be perceived as younger in spirit and more receptive to learning and growth.
If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you're out of your mind. There are more kicks to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung. If you think you need stuff to play music or sing, you're crazy. It can fix you so you can't play nothing or sing nothing.
I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.