"The man who views the world at 50 the same way
he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
Mohammed Ali
[Cassius Clay] (1942- ) World Heavyweight Boxer, aka "The Greatest of All Time"
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A knock-out punch!
 -- W. Allan McLeod, New York, NY, USA     
    right on Ali
     -- jim abbott, montgomery center     
    an excellent observation which would be misunderstood by the 20 year olds..
     -- Ron, Camillus, NY     
    Each of these quotes is good, but I give 4 Stars to this one.
     -- Anna McCall-Tanzola, San Antonio, TX     
    GREAT quote!
     -- D M, B., MT     
    This is the best quote I've read in a long time!
     -- Carol Morris, Newport, R.I.     
     -- Ron Schroth, Strongsville, Ohio      
    A most astute observation. He describes the Great American Pastime - wasting time! By which I mean, we rush around seeking the good things in life - and missing the best things in life.
     -- John-Douglas, Nassau     
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     -- Anonymous      
    damn straight ali!
     -- cookie, ballymoney     
    As another said well, a young man at 15 that is not liberal has no heart....an older man at 30 that is not a conservative has not brain. Guess we see the progression there. Indeed, some people have 1 year of experience THIRTY TIMES!!!
     -- MK, Houston     
    dont gain the world and lose your soul
     -- oscar espinoza, westmorland ca     
    that is not always true- someone can be very wise at 20 and be just as wise at 50. (I am not 20)
     -- Anonymous     
    So true..I am only 23 and it is so suprising to find so many 'mature' individuals commiting continuous acts of fraudery, dishonesty, adultery and indolence. On the other hand, upon seeing the consequences that inevitably befall them, I am grateful that I will not be wasting anymore years of my own life. Be good people!
     -- Daryl, Tooting, London     
    Hopefully his views have improved instead of deteriorated.
     -- Anonymous     
     -- Al, DC      
    Must be why he is not Cassius Clay any longer.
     -- cal, Lewisville, tx     
    So true! There is no substitute for life experience with all due respect to the younger commenters here, just wait and see.
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
     -- jim k, austin tx      
    Live in the moment, is where we are. Be as good as you can be. It does come back around. Share and enlighten when the door opens. " Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee". The man with the hands.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
     -- Mary - MI      
    I think so. When I was young, I was a Democrat -- anti-Vietnam, anti-draft, anti-Nixon, peace, love, all that jazz. But gradually I learned that the Dems were as bad as the GOP. I liked Reagan, but not the Bush's or any Republican president since.

    I see my children following similar paths, they have very big hearts. Liberals and the Christian Right have a lot in common -- they both see evil in the world and want to remedy it. Both mostly mean well. Even if their views are utopian or narrow-minded, I am OK with it -- that is their journey. I am pretty old now, and I still am learning. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    If you see the world uglier 30 years later you've wasted much more than that 30 years. If you see the world more beautiful over that course of 30 years you have attained much more credibility and value.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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