|How To Stay Young
Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind; it is a
temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance
of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting
their ideals. Years wrinkle away the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, doubt, self distrust, fear and despair - these are the long, long years that bow
the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Whether seventy or sixteen, there is in every being's heart the love of wonder, the sweet
amazement at the stars and the starlike things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of
events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what's next, and the joy and the game of
life. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your
self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. So
long as your hearts receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from
the earth, from man and from the infinite, so long as you are young.
When the wires are all down and all the central place of your heart is covered with the
snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then you are grown old indeed and may G-d have
mercy on your soul.
"I want to hang with whomever wrote this."