Men of age
object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
In considering this view of classification, it should be borne in mind that the element of descent has been universally used in ranking together the sexes, ages
, and acknowledged varieties of the same species, however different they may be in structure.
"These STRULDBRUGS and I would mutually communicate our observations and memorials, through the course of time; remark the several gradations by which corruption steals into the world, and oppose it in every step, by giving perpetual warning and instruction to mankind; which, added to the strong influence of our own example, would probably prevent that continual degeneracy of human nature so justly complained of in all ages
For it is thus that people have been in the habit of proceeding with the marvellous churches of the Middle Ages
for the last two hundred years.
'I know that you are interested and that you believe, and I know that the world, too, is interested, though they will not believe for many years; yes, for many ages
, since they cannot understand.
I saw no signs of extreme age
among them, nor is there any appreciable difference in their appearance from the age
of maturity, about forty, until, at about the age
of one thousand years, they go voluntarily upon their last strange pilgrimage down the river Iss, which leads no living Martian knows whither and from whose bosom no Martian has ever returned, or would be allowed to live did he return after once embarking upon its cold, dark waters.
Of the century and a half, from 1350 to 1500, which forms our third period, the most important part for literature was the first fifty years, which constitutes the age
And there are compositions of the same strain to be found in the books of all ages
. What is Guido's Rospigliosi Aurora but a morning thought, as the horses in it are only a morning cloud.
At her age
she naturally shrank from revisiting the home scenes now occupied by the strangers to whom our house had been let.
And this is a question which I should like to ask of you who have arrived at that time which the poets call the `threshold of old age
'--Is life harder towards the end, or what report do you give of it?
Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all: then, in reaction against that, the correctness of Dryden, and his followers through the eighteenth century, determining the standard of a prose in the proper sense, not inferior to the prose of the Augustan age
in Latin, or of the "great age
in France": and, again in reaction against this, the wild mixture of poetry and prose, in our wild nineteenth century, under the influence of such writers as Dickens and Carlyle: such are the three periods into which the story of our prose literature divides itself.
It may be that he swept back into the past, and fell among the blood-drinking, hairy savages of the Age
of Unpolished Stone; into the abysses of the Cretaceous Sea; or among the grotesque saurians, the huge reptilian brutes of the Jurassic times.