Excellent lifelong learning counsel, from a source few schoolfolk would dare dismiss:
When Schlesinger turned 60, he became more aware of his age. After a trip to the cathedral in Florence, he wrote: “As I went into the Duomo, it occurred to me that I have been visiting churches in Europe for 45 years, and that they have really done very little for me — my fault, not theirs, of course; but there it is. Why should I waste my declining years going into churches?
. . . I will simplify life by abandoning the inspection of churches, as in earlier years I have abandoned ballet, metaphysics, linguistics and other subjects that, however estimable, are, alas, not for me.“