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John Stott at 80

As we grow older, our birthdays are not met with quite the same enthusiasm as when we were young.

Timothy Dudley-Smith

James Boswell was once rash enough to remind some ladies that the next day would be Dr. Johnson's birthday. They came to dinner and, says Boswell, 'plagued him unintentionally by wishing him joy.' For him, birthdays were a dread reminder of mortality.