Quote by Confucius
Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
This quote suggests that old age can be enjoyable and rewarding. The speaker asserts that although one may no longer be actively involved in the affairs of life, they are able to enjoy a prime seat as a spectator, observing the world from a place of comfort. It implies that instead of feeling marginalized or irrelevant, old age offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to appreciate life's experiences from a different vantage point.
Is suffering so very serious? I have come to doubt it. It may be quite childish, a sort of undignified pastime -- I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful. I agree that it's hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain deserves no consideration at all. It's no more worthy of respect than old age or illness.
'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'