a fool at forty is a fool indeed

Cf. 1557 R. EDGEWORTH Sermons 301 When he [Rehoboam] begonne hys raigne he was one and fortye yeares of age... And he that hath not learned some experience or practice and trade of the world by that age will neuer be wise.

1725 E. YOUNG Universal Passion II. 16 Be wise with speed; A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

1751 N. COTTON Visions in Verses 13 He who at fifty is a fool, Is far too stubborn grown for school.

1908 L. MITCHELL New York Idea III. 112 I shall come or not [to your wedding] as I see fit. And let me add, my dear brother, that a fool at forty is a fool indeed.

1982 B. EMECHETA Destination Biafra i. ‘What is it they say about a fool at forty?’ ‘I don’t think you’ll be a fool forever, sir’.


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