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“Age wins and one must learn to grow old ... I must learn to walk this long unlovely wintry way, looking for spectacles, shunning the cruel looking-glass, laughing at my clumsiness before others mistakenly condole, not expecting gallantry yet disappointed to receive none, apprehending every ache or shaft of pain, alive to blinding flashes of mortality, unarmed, totally vulnerable.”
“[On speaking French fluently rather than correctly:] It's nerve and brass, audace and disrespect, and leaping-before-you-look and what-the-hellism, that must be developed.”
“Nowadays there is movement that wants to liberate male homosexuals, but female homosexuals don't have to be liberated — they always have been.”
“... I was born and bred an adventurer, with a great zest for change and excitement — and retirement is like prison.”
“Eyes see what they hope for.”
“First you are young; then you are middle-aged; then you are old; then you are wonderful.”
Diana Cooper, English social figure
(1892 - 1986)
Born: Lady Diana Manners. Full name: Diana Cooper, Viscountess Norwich.