Quote for Today: Donald Hall

Old Woman in Sunbonnet, Doris Ulmann
Old Woman in Sunbonnet, Doris Ulmann

Over the years I travelled to another universe. However alert we are, however much we think we know what will happen, antiquity remains an unknown, unanticipated galaxy. It is alien, and old people are a separate form of life. They have green skin, with two heads that sprout antennae. They can be pleasant, they can be annoying–in the supermarket, these old ladies won’t get out of my way–but most important they are permanently other. When we turn eighty, we understand that we are extraterrestrial. If we forget for a moment that we are old, we are reminded when we try to stand up, or when we encounter someone young, who appears to observe green skin, extra heads, and protuberances.

2 thoughts on “Quote for Today: Donald Hall

    • katmcdaniel Reply

      Thanks! Ulmann was a wonderful artist and this lady is just beautiful.

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