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“There is something irreducible about old age ... for it comes not alone but shackled at the ankle in a three-legged race with death. The shadow of mortality that looms over oldness makes it repulsive to some people, morbidly attractive to others.”
“In the country of the old the natives are as different from one another as anywhere else.”
“By 75 three generations have come and gone and as we get older it is not only the world that becomes stranger, but our own multiplying and discarded identities.”
Rosemary Hill, English writer, historian