The lad who talks at twenty as men should talk at thirty, has seldom much to say worth the hearing when he is forty; and the girl who at eighteen can shine in society with composure, has generally given over shining before she is a full-grown woman.
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Source Notes: He Knew He Was Right (chapter 97, "Mrs. Brooke Burgess") (1869). The narrator praises late bloomers, noting that "The flower that blows the quickest is never the sweetest. The fruit that ripened tardily has ever the finest favour."
Anthony Trollope (April 24, 1815 December 6, 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of Trollope's best-loved works, known as the Barsetshire Chronicles, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire, but he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and inter-gender issues and conflicts of his day.
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