When Are You Too Old?
By Steve Goodier
When asked how it was that she has lived so long, one 91-year-old
woman replied, "I think God is testing the patience of my relatives."
When is "too old"? At what age do we give up? At 100, Grandma Moses
was still painting, and Titian painted "Battle of Lepants" when he was
At 93, George Bernard Shaw wrote Farfetched Fables.
At 91, Eamon de Valera served as president of Ireland.
At 90, Pablo Picasso still drew and engraved.
At 89, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New
York's Carnegie Hall, and Pablo Casals, at 88, still performed cello
At 82, Winston Churchill wrote the four-volume work, A History of the
English-Speaking Peoples, Leo Tolstoy completed I Cannot Be Silent,
and Goethe, at the same age, finished Faust.
At 81, Benjamin Franklin engineered the diplomacy, which led to the
adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
When are you "too old"? Only on the day when you truly have nothing
left to give. And the good news is this: that day never has to arrive!
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