New Outlook Volume 128

New Outlook Volume 128

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...Thirty is, in itself, the most unsatisfactory of ages. At thirty one does not have the matured judgment of middle age nor the philosophic calm that is said to be the redeeming joy of senescence. At thirty one's opinions have to be proved and not merely stated; one may be listened to with interest or amazement, but not always with respect. And, worst of all, at thirty one is youthful but no longer young.. No startling metamorphosis has taken place since yesterday, when I was twenty-nine, for, after all, a birthday is only a. date and not a reagent. Yet it is a far different world from the one I used to know five years ago, and quite another thing altogether from what I thought I saw at twenty-one. I like it better. I have discovered what might be called the "satisfactions of incompetency." By "incompetency" I imply the alternative definition according to Messrs. Funk & Wagnalls---"lack of the special qualities required for a particular purpose." I can do many things fairly well; I have even been able to make a very decent living under more than commonly agreeable conditions. But none of all the dreams and hopes and aspirations that I had at twenty-one has been realized, or ever will be. I lack the special qualities to do any one thing thoroughly well. I had dreams in my early twenties, rather fine dreams, of the things that I was going to do. Some of them come to me still--wistful waifs that sometimes hover about when I cannot sleep 0' nights and look at me a bit reproachfully. But if in their vague shapes there is a little of sadness for what never was, there is also a. deal of the beauty of what might have been. They are rather agreeable ghosts to have haunt one. Perhaps I hoped for too much. In more

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  • Paperback | 502 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 889g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236932811
  • 9781236932815