What Famous Writers Say About Your Age

I love this beautifully produced book: 100 Years by Joshua Prager. Every age from 0 to 100 years is featured with a quote from a famous writer. Here’s a selection:

14 – ‘Even though I’m only fourteen, I know what I want, I know who’s right and who’s wrong, I have my own opinions, ideas, and principles…’ (Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank)

24  ‘She was twenty-four years old. She wanted to inhabit facts, not dreams.’ (Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown)

30 – ‘Thirty – the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair.’ (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)

40 – ‘Men at forty. Learn to close softly, the doors to rooms, they will not be coming back to.’ (Donald Justice, Men at Forty)

51 – ‘Fifty-one was too old for dreams of the future. At fifty-one you had to keep running just to escape the avalanche of your own past.’ (Stephen King, Needful Things)

61 – ‘Fame, success, power, 500 million dollars, world leadership – well if they should arrive, I might not exactly take to cover, but as for lying awake nights craving them as in my youth I did – well, I really don’t care to anymore.’ (Theodore Dreiser, Life at Sixty-Seven)


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