Undoubtedly, as it seems to me at least, satiety
of all pursuits causes satiety of life. Boyhood has
certain pursuits: does youth yearn for them?
Early youth has its pursuits: does the matured or
so-called middle stage of life need them? Maturity,
too, has such as are not even sought in old age, and
finally, there are those suitable to old age. Therefore as the pleasures and pursuits of the earlier
periods of life fall away, so also do those of old age;
and when that happens man has his fill of life and
the time is ripe for him to go.