Perhaps that is the penalty of becoming old. From commander of the Budi, one of the greatest of the Special Patrol ships, to the duties of recording ancient history, for younger men to read and dream about. That is a shrewd blow to one's pride.
which may be translated: "Ask their advice, ye men of wit And always do the opposite." Another of his favourite sayings against women was the Persian couplet: "Agar nek budi zan u Ray-i-Zan Zan-ra Ma-zan nam budi, na Zan," which may be rendered: "If good were in woman, of course it were meeter To say when we think of her, Beat not, not Beat her."