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"What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth!"

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Who said: "What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in the maturer life."

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A conservative dude.

In chrcking I first choose to read

CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS

Sigmund Freud

translated from the German by JOAN RIVIERE

a brief excerpt: http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/freud-civ.html

Which in contemplation of Ram Dass, Willhelm Reich too, then Che', all who had things to say on this.

The direction and persistence of passions is guided by an attachment to desirable sensations and an aversion to unpleasant ones which goes towards limiting the passions of youth and a piling on of baggage to carry through life which when released is strong and narrow in its expression leading the sufferer to assert control and direct it according to the very same habits that culture enforces.

Freud and this guy ( http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/Bulwer-Lytton.html ) come across as a bit anal retentive. (imo)

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Several phrases used by the writer in his novels have become clichés. This includes, "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "talent does what it can, genius does what it must" and "the pen is mightier than the sword".

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