Thursday, September 09, 2004

Two Quotes on Youth and Age

Youth and age touch only the surface of our lives.
~That Hideous Strength, chap. 1, section 3, p. 21

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
~Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories,”On Three Ways of Writing for Children” (1952), para. 9, p. 25.

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