Communist at 20, capitalist at 50  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Communist at 20, capitalist at 50:

Not to be a republican at 20 is proof of want of heart;
to be one at 30 is proof of want of head.

The earliest known version of this observation is attributed to mid-nineteenth century historian and statesman François Guizot:

"Celui qui n’est pas républicain à vingt ans fait douter de la générosité de son âme; mais celui qui, après trente ans, persévère, fait douter de la rectitude de son esprit." --Jules Claretie[1]

Variations on this theme were later attributed to Disraeli, Shaw, Churchill, Bertrand Russell.





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