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First Line: Life is a long discovery, isn't it
Last Line: That those who loved you best despised you most.
Alternate Author Name(s): Belloc, Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene
Subject(s): Cynicism; Life


Life is a long discovery, isn't it?
You only get your wisdom bit by bit.
If you have luck you find in it in early youth
How dangerous it is to tell the Truth;
And next you learn how dignity and peace
Are the ripe fruits of patient avarice.
You find that middle life goes racing past.
You find despair: and, at the very last,
You find as you are giving up the ghost
That those who loved you best despised you most.




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