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Experience and Treachery

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Experience and Treachery Will Always Win Out Over Youth and Vigor
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This aphorism seems to have made the rounds in American language, but it changes with retelling. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson made it into the song “Old age and treachery, always overcomes youth and skill” on their 1991 album Clean Shirt. It later showed up in the New York Times. David Mamet, a Pulitzer prizewinning playwright, screenwriter, director, and author was interviewed in 1997 about his current theatre projects and his 50th birthday. He didn’t say much when asked if age mattered, but he summarized the movie The Edge as, “Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.”


Clean Shirt. (2020). Retrieved 21 June 2020, from

Weber, B. (1997). At 50: A mellower David Mamet may be ready to tell his story. New York Times, pp. sec: 2, 7. Retrieved from

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