Poem: Aging

Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize for Literature (Photo credit: Frank Fujimoto)

When a person has grown old and has done his all, it is his task peacefully to make friends with death. He does not need other people. He knows them and has seen enough of them. What he needs is peace. It is not seemly to seek out such a person, to talk to him, to torment him with your chatter. At the gateway to his home the proper thing is to pass by, as if nobody lived there.
— Herman Hesse

(notice on the door of his house upon award of the Nobel Prize for Literature)

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