Quote by Henry David Thoreau
I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.
In this quote, the speaker expresses their disappointment and cynicism towards the advice they have received from older individuals throughout their life. Having been on this planet for a considerable amount of time, they assert that not a single piece of valuable or sincere guidance has ever been bestowed upon them by their elders. The quote suggests a lack of faith in the wisdom and meaningful advice passed down from previous generations.
There is no luck in literary reputation. They who make up the final verdict upon every book are not the partial and noisy readers of the hour when it appears; but a court as of angels, a public not to be bribed, not to be entreated, and not to be overawed, decides upon every man's title to fame.