Book Notes on Aging and Dying

Nothing last forever. Here are a few great notes on aging from my reading the last couple of years. Memento Mori.


๐Ÿ“ โ€œBy becoming deeply aware of our mortality, we intensify our experience of every aspect of life.โ€ – Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

๐Ÿ“ โ€œNo one set value on time. All use it lavishly as if it cost nothing. But see how these same people clasp to the knees of physicians when they fall ill and the danger of death draws nearerโ€ – Seneca, On the Shortness of life.

๐Ÿ“ People have different sensitivity to caffeine. Older people are more sensitive in general.

Notes from Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker.

๐Ÿ“ A deadly gene could survive in the gene pool by inflicting its damage only after a person reaches an old age, where the victim already produced itโ€™s offspring. Like Cancer.

Notes from The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins

๐Ÿ“ John D. Rockefeller was obsessed with his health and set a goal for himself to live until he was 100 years old. He died at 97.

Notes from Titan, Ron Chernow

๐Ÿ“ โ€œWhatever the cause of the inverse association between body size and aging, it seems to be found in all mammalsโ€ Bigger animals live longer.

Notes from Mutants, Armand Marie Leroi

๐Ÿ“We know intellectually that we are going to die. But we donโ€™t really feel it. We repress the affects of death to be able to function normally. – The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker


What are your favorite quote on the subject?

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