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Sophia Loren

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There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.
As quoted in Hope Notes : 52 Meditations to Nudge Your World (2004) by Wayne Willis, p. 11

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Alas! they had been friends in youth;
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And to be wroth with one we love
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