We end up all belonging to the same category, that of the non-young. For some people, a gap of, say, five months means that one will perversely always think of himself – herself – as wiser and more knowledgeable than the other, whatever the evidence to the contrary. Nothing is rubbing off.’‘It will,’ she said.” ― Philip K.Or perhaps I should say because of the evidence to the contrary. Dick, “Very few people are aware of the fact that in the beginning the proud and glorious phrase “dirty old man” was actually meant as derision.Because it is perfectly clear to any objective observer that the balance has shifted to the marginally younger person, the other one maintains the assumption of superiority all the more rigorously. The very phrase, originated as it was by young men, is a standing testimonial to the ignorance of the same young men. Young men don’t know how to do it right, so they stay clean.All the more neurotically.” ― Julian Barnes, tags: age-difference, aim, anger, belief, business, change, confidence, courage, creativity, death, desire, dreams, education, failure, faith, family, fear, forgiveness, goal, god, happiness, hate, heart, history, hope, humorous, imagination, inspirational, leadership, life, loneliness, love, marriage, one-liner, opportunity, optimism, patience, patriotism, peace, philosophy, poems, politics, poverty, relationship, religion, romantic, sad, school, science, success, time, truth, ve-attitude, war, wisdom-wise, witty “I am life,’ the girl said.‘What? Some old men never learn how and they stay clean, too.Young adult women typically have more of a need for connection.
But being old also means that despite, in addition to, and in excess of your beenness, you still are. You still are, and one is as haunted by the still-being and its fullness as by the having-already-been, by the pastness.
He may even be thinking of starting a second family with her so he can "get it right" this time around.
“AGE DIFFERENCEWhat if I told you that one day you will meet a girl who is unlike anyone else you've known.
His more youthful female companion may be more sexually attractive to him (making him feel younger in the process) and she probably doesn't call him out on his issues like an older woman might.
Admit it, when you see an older man who's dating a much younger woman, you assume it's because he must be going through some sort of mid-life crisis.
And time, as it goes by, confirms that we weren’t that wrong. I’m life and when you’re done with me, some of it rubs off on you. With me here in the squib beside you.’Nick said, ‘I’m thirty-four and I don’t feel old.