Tuesday, March 02, 2010

For age is opportunity no less...

I tell all my students that they must consider opportunities to serve older generations. Marc Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist, has a great piece in today's NY Times. He admonishes us to avoid a youthful myopic view of aging and to remember that wisdom and meaning come only with age. He sums up with this excerpt from Longfellow:

For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

Our older friends and family have so much to offer; anyone considering a new venture would do well to remember Longfellow's words.


Mimi said...

Pleae tell me which of Longfellow's poems contains the line "For age is opportunity no less...."
Thank you.

Tom Swartwood said...

Hi Mimi:
It is from Morituri Salutamus, a poem Longfellow presented for the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Class of 1825 at Bowdoin College.