What, then, shall I fear, if after
death I am destined to be either not unhappy or
happy? And yet is there anyone so foolish, even
though he is young, as to feel absolutely sure that he
will be alive when evening comes? Nay, even
youth, much more than old age, is subject to the
accident of death; the young fall sick more easily,
their sufferings are more intense, and they are cured
with greater difficulty. Therefore few arrive at old
age, and, but for this, life would be lived in better
and wiser fashion. For it is in old men that reason
and good judgement are found, and had it not been
for old men no state would have existed at all.
But I return to the question of impending death.
What fault is this which you charge against old
age, when, as you see, it is one chargeable likewise