Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wisdom of the Aged

A birthday greeting to myself:
Now that I am getting old and begin to approach the patriarchic state, I too feel that it is worse to preach immorality than to practice it. One may be driven to commit murder by love or hatred, but one can only advocate murder out of sheer wickedness.
--Italo Svevo, Confessions of Zeno 30 (Alfred A. Knopf ed., 1930, 1958)

Afterthought: By my count, this is my 27,029th day on the planet, including Leap Days. The Leap Days, and actually 19 Leap Days somehow seems like more than 27,029 days.


Ken said...

Have you taken into account your world travels? I seem to recall that Phileas Fogg (of "Around the World in 80 Days" fame) gained a day because of his direction of travel. ;-)

And Happy Birthday!

Toni said...

And have you taken into account encounters with students that felt two days long? Add an extra day for each of those.

Happy Birthday, dear friend.