It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: someone has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien (January 03, 1892 - September 02, 1973)
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the gray head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
~ Charles Dickens (February 07, 1812 - June 09, 1870)