Samuel Butler quote about flowers from The Way of All Flesh - Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
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Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
 Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh (1903). copy citation

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Author Samuel Butler
Source The Way of All Flesh
Topic flowers autumn fruits
Date 1903
Language English
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“To me it seems that youth is like spring, an overpraised season—delightful if it happen to be a favoured one, but in practice very rarely favoured and more remarkable, as a general rule, for biting east winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. Fontenelle at the age of ninety, being asked what was the happiest time of his life, said he did not know that he had ever been much happier than he then was, but that perhaps his best years had been those when he was between fifty-five and seventy-five, and Dr Johnson placed the pleasures of old age far higher than those of youth.” source

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