Quote of the Week – Sheldon Solomon

Capture“Father time is not always a hard parent and, though he tarries for none of his children, he often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well – making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor.”

Sheldon Solomon (c1954-     )

A native of the Bronx, Solomon was educated at Franklin and Marshall University and the University of Kansas and has taught social psychology at Skidmore College since 1980. He is perhaps best known for his development, with others, of Terror Management Theory which concerns the way we deal with death, and is the co-author of The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. He is the co-founder of a downtown Saratoga Springs restaurant, Esperanto, and is a self-described “twitching blob of respiring biological protoplasm no more fundamentally significant or enduring than a lizard or a potato.”

(Note: I am honored to be given posting privileges on GMG and to be included in the fine group of authors who post regularly. Since September of 2010 I have been sending these quotes to Joey each week, but I will be publishing these and other random reflections myself from here on out. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated.)   Greg Bover

5 thoughts on “Quote of the Week – Sheldon Solomon

  1. I don’t know Sheldon, I’ve just run into his work from time to time. He is (in)famous on the Skidmore campus. I really liked the self description too, even though “biological protoplasm” is atypically redundant for him.


  2. Ironically enough, I JUST read that quote last night in Time magazine. I read it every night before bed, as per usual I’m a week or so behind in issues. Not sure if you read it too or if it’s just a coincidence that you posted that quote… It was quoted in a really interesting article on Alzheimer’s’ treatments and what we can do on our own to develop strong brains, etc… Great quote!


    1. I read it in the dentist’s office and took a picture with my phone. Didn’t get all the way through the article before it was my turn.


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