the idea is to die young as late as possible

Discussion in 'English Only' started by nagomi, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. nagomi Senior Member

    "SIMPSON: He never hated anyone. He knew what his mother and my mother always knew. Hatred corrodes the container it's carried in.


    GEORGE W. BUSH: I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young as late as possible."

    What does the last sentence mean?

    source: Former President George W. Bush Delivers Emotional Eulogy For His Father
  2. pob14 Senior Member

    Central Illinois
    American English
    I take it to mean “live a long life while still acting and feeling young.”
  3. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    There is a saying: "Live fast, die young." -> Have an adventurous, reckless, and eventful life and die before age starts to affect you adversely. It is often said about pop-stars and similar.

    So thus the idea is "to do adventurous and reckless things and have an eventful life but to postpone dying for as long as possible."

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