A person taking stock in middle age is like an artist or composer looking at an unfinished work; but whereas the composer and the painter can erase some of their past efforts, we cannot. We are stuck with what we have lived through. The trick is to finish it with a sense of design and a flourish rather than to patch up the holes or merely to add new patches to it.
Harry S. Broudy
Harry S. Broudy (b. 1905), Polish–born U.S. educator. “Education for Leisure,” Paradox and Promise: Essays on American Life and Education, Prentice-Hall (1961).