Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

I am fifty-one years old today. Gray hairs are getting into my brow; hair grows perceptibly thinner, but no baldness yet. I read without glasses but my eyes inflame if I read or write many hours by lamplight; more fleshy and full stomached, with shorter breath; a few twinges of rheumatism; a fondness for a nap after dinner; teeth pretty good, but several plugged and a few gone, whiskers rapidly whitening. These are the symptoms of old age. On the other hand, a youthful and elastic spirit; fondness for all young people and their employments and amusements. A fresh, ruddy complexion and considerable physical strength and activity almost persuade me that I am still in my youth.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 249, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (October 4, 1873).
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