Older men and
those who have passed their prime have in most cases characters opposite to
those of the young. For, owing to their having lived many years and having been
more often deceived by others or made more mistakes themselves, and since most
human things turn out badly, they are positive about nothing, and in everything
they show an excessive lack of energy.
Aristotle in 23 Volumes, Vol. 22, translated by J. H. Freese. Aristotle. Cambridge and London. Harvard University Press; William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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