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Quotations about Age
The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~Doug Larson
Grandchildren don't make a man feel old; it's the knowledge that he's married to a grandmother. ~G. Norman Collie
You can't hide your true colors as you approach the autumn of your life. ~Author Unknown
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates. ~T.S. Eliot
Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle. ~Author Unknown
There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you. ~Carol Grace
When I can look Life in the eyes,
Grown calm and very coldly wise,
Life will have given me the Truth,
And taken in exchange — my youth.
Who does not wish to be beautiful, and clever, and rich, and to have back, in old age, the time spent trying to be any of them. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau
I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth's gravitational pull has become since 1990. ~Dave Barry
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. ~Quoted by Francis Bacon, Apothegm
To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. ~Henri Amiel
We've put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it. ~Frank A. Clark
First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down. ~Leo Rosenberg
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
It is possible at any age to discover a lifelong desire you never knew you had. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day. ~Marty Bucella
Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. ~Saint Aurelius Augustine
The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down. ~T.S. Eliot, quoted in Time, 23 October 1950
Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs. ~Charles Dickens
From forty to fifty a man must move upward, or the natural falling off in the vigor of life will carry him rapidly downward. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
You know you've reached middle age when a doctor, not a policeman, tells you to slow down, all you exercise are your prerogatives and it takes you longer to rest than to get tired. ~Author Unknown
We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair. ~Charles Lamb
It is autumn; not without
But within me is the cold.
Youth and spring are all about;
It is I that have grown old.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Autumn Within"
Life is one long process of getting tired. ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks
Don't worry about avoiding temptation — as you grow older, it starts avoiding you. ~Author Unknown
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man. ~Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein), Diary in Exile, 1935
At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment. ~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac
The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth. ~Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958
What this country needs is radicals who will stay that way regardless of the creeping years. ~John Fischer
Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips. ~Attributed to John Wagner
A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time. ~Oliver W. Holmes, Sr.
Old Time, who changes all below,
To wean men gently for the grave.
~Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed. ~Henry David Thoreau
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered. ~Graham Greene
When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part. When you're older, it's a straight part. ~Laurence Olivier
As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative mathematics, I honestly do not know how old I am. ~Erma Bombeck
You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. ~Ogden Nash
They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body. ~Author Unknown
The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. "Why," I answered without a thought, "now." ~David Grayson
Like a lot of fellows around here, I have a furniture problem. My chest has fallen into my drawers. ~Billy Casper, about golf's Senior Tour
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. ~Truman Capote
Never use the passing years as an excuse for old age. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician. ~Author Unknown
Beautiful is old age—beautiful as the slow-dropping mellow autumn of a rich glorious summer. In the old man, Nature has fulfilled her work; she loads him with blessings; she fills him with the fruits of a well-spent life; and, surrounded by his children and his children's children, she rocks him softly away to a grave, to which he is followed with blessings. God forbid we should not call it beautiful. ~J.A. Froude
I spent my 30s fixing everything I broke in my 20s. ~Eddie Murphy
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something. ~Jean Rostand
The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. ~Madeleine L'Engle
You're never too old. Unfortunately, you're always too young to know it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Youth disserves; middle age conserves; old age preserves. ~Martin H. Fischer
One of the best parts of growing older? You can flirt all you like since you've become harmless. ~Liz Smith
Spiritual sloth, or acedia, was known as The Sin of the Middle Ages. It's the sin of my middle age, too. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
We turn not older with years, but newer every day. ~Emily Dickinson
In a dream you are never eighty. ~Anne Sexton
Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples. ~François La Rochefoucauld
Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places. ~Author Unknown
Middle age is youth without its levity, and age without decay. ~Daniel Defoe
There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important. ~Franklin P. Adams
Where did the time go? Yesterday, I was a girl, and today, I suddenly find myself in the autumn of my years with the cold winds of winter breathing down my neck. ~Peggy Toney Horton
You can live to be a hundred if you give up all things that make you want to live to be a hundred. ~Allen
I don't do alcohol anymore — I get the same effect just standing up fast. ~Author Unknown
Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms they will not be
Coming back to.
~Donald Justice, "Men at Forty"
Age is just a number. Mine is unlisted. ~Author Unknown
Age is a prison from which we cannot escape
but only by death,
into another world.
I complain that the years fly past, but then I look in a mirror and see that very few of them actually got past. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever. ~Don Marquis
My diseases are an asthma and a dropsy and, what is less curable, seventy-five. ~Samuel Johnson
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clasp its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress.
~William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium
The loose-leaf binder of Mother's letters sat on the kitchen table... she opened the binder.... "My darling daughter, I miss you when I'm away and maybe you don't know that. I miss you listening to me, for one thing.... You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories." ~Garrison Keillor, Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon, 2007 [Okay, I'm just going to throw in a crazy side note here, because it's my site and I can. The typeface for the uppercase letters that begin the first word of each chapter is really cute! Kinda fancy and yet fun at the same time. As Brick on The Middle says, "I'm a sucker for a good font."
I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience. ~Author Unknown
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day,
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by-and-by black night doth take away...
Age is a slowing down of everything except fear. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. ~H.L. Mencken
Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy. ~Author Unknown
Before thirty, men seek disease; after thirty, diseases seek men. ~Chinese Proverb
I look back on the time I've wasted, and I'm just glad I wasted it while I still had the chance. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Ev'ry season hath its pleasures:
Spring may boast her flow'ry prime,
Yet the vineyard's ruby treasures
Brighten autumn's sob'rer time.
So life's year begins and closes;
Days, though short'ning, still can shine;
What, though youth gave loves and roses,
Age still leaves us friends and wine....
Thus may we, as years are flying,
To their flight our pleasures suit,
Nor regret the blossoms dying,
While we still can taste the fruit.
~Thomas Moore, "Spring and Autumn"
Young twigs will bend but not old trees. ~Dutch Proverb
Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It's more often a succession of jerks. ~Jean Rhys
The brain forgets much, but the lower back remembers everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ~Tom Wilson
We are always the same age inside. ~Gertrude Stein
Old age ain't no place for sissies. ~Bette Davis
The last birthday that's any good is 23. ~Andy Rooney
At my age, you not only have bittersweet memories, you make bittersweet plans. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier. ~Dan Bennett
I fear vastly more a futile, incompetent old age than I do any form of death. ~William Allen White
Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up. ~Author Unknown
Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines. ~Edward Young, Night Thoughts
My younger passions are still listening, as I age. ~Terri Guillemets
Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back up. ~Attributed to John Wagner
As we grow older, our capacity for enjoyment shrinks, but not our appetite for it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. ~Arthur Schopenhauer
You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them. ~Arnold Palmer
You spend 90% of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last 10% trying to convince the Lord that you're actually not that tired. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
It's hard to feel middle-aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live? ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
So, as the season was autumnal and the trees were turning brown, I chose a strictly appropriate sentence to be commented upon, "We all do fade as a leaf." It was to be a serious, reflective, almost sentimental discourse, upon the approach of age, the mellowness and beauty of the ripening fruit of experience, the kindly wisdom which was to make up for the cruder joys of youth... ~Adeline Sergeant, The Story of a Penitent Soul: Being the Private Papers of Mr. Stephen Dart, Late Minister at Lynnbridge in the County of Lincoln, 1892
They're not gray hairs. They're wisdom highlights. ~Author Unknown
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. ~Jennifer Yane
"Ah," he murmured, "it was ever my prayer, 'Lord, let me grow old in body, but let my soul stay young; let my voice quaver and falter, but never my hope.' And this is how I end." ~Israel Zangwill, Dreamers of the Ghetto, "From a Mattress Grave," 1897 [character Heinrich Heine speaking
I am now old enough to no longer have a fear of dying young. ~Bruce Ades, c.1990
Middle age is when we can do just as much as ever — but would rather not. ~Author Unknown
In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives a message of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage — so long are you young. When the wires are all down and our heart is covered with the snow of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are you grown old. ~Douglas MacArthur
Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear;
'Tis but the funeral of the former year.
The sun shines different ways in summer and winter. We shine different ways in the seasons of our lives. ~Terri Guillemets
No spring nor summer's beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face....
~John Donne, "Elegy IX: The Autumnal"
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
[H]e drew towards his premature old age, childless and lonely,—like the needle which, approaching within a certain distance of the pole, becomes helpless and useless, and, ceasing to tremble, rusts. ~Lord Byron, about Alexander Pope
Zeal, n. A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced. ~Ambrose Bierce
[D]on't grow old. With age comes caution, which is another name for cowardice.... Whatever else you do in life, don't cultivate a conscience. Without a conscience a man may never be said to grow old. This is an age of very old young men. ~Herbert Beerbohm Tree, as quoted by Hesketh Pearson ("Sir Herbert Tree," Modern Men and Mummers)
You know you've lived a few years when you start having your second thoughts first. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
There are years that ask questions and years that answer. ~Zora Neale Hurston
I admire and respect those unique and positive individuals who can "age without aging." The number of times a heart beats is not as important as its tempo and rhythm. ~Craig D. Slovak
The elderly don't drive that badly; they're just the only ones with time to do the speed limit. ~Jason Love
Age attacks when we least expect it. ~Terri Guillemets
May we keep a little of the fuel of youth to warm our body in old age. ~Minna Thomas Antrim, "To Harder Times," A Book of Toasts, 1902
[T]here is this value about the colour that men call colourless; that it suggests in some way the mixed and troubled averages of existence, especially in its quality of strife and expectation and promise. Grey is a colour that always seems on the eve of changing to some other colour; of brightening into blue or blanching into white or bursting into green and gold. So we may be perpetually reminded of the indefinite hope that is in doubt itself; and when there is grey weather in our hills or grey hairs in our heads, perhaps they may still remind us of the morning. ~G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions, "The Glory of Grey"
It's a mere moment in a man's life between an All-Star Game and an Old-timers' Game. ~Vin Scully
It seems no more than right that men should seize time by the forelock, for the rude old fellow, sooner or later, pulls all their hair out. ~George Dennison Prentice, Prenticeana, 1860
At another year
I would not boggle
Except that when I jog
~Ogden Nash, "Birthday on the Beach"
All diseases run into one, old age. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Does age poison us, or do we poison age? ~Terri Guillemets
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.
In dog years, I'm dead. ~Author Unknown
Middle age: The time when you'll do anything to feel better, except give up what is hurting you. ~Robert Quillen
If youth but know,
And old age only could.
Old age puts more wrinkles in our minds than on our faces. ~Michel de Montaigne
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. ~Mark Twain
The arctic loneliness of age. ~S. Weir Mitchell
Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once. ~Dave Barry, "Your Disintegrating Body," Dave Barry Turns 40, 1990
Though haply mellow'd by correcting time,
I thank thee, Heaven! that the bereaving world
Hath not diminish'd the subliming hopes
Of youth, in manhood's more imposing cares...
~Robert Montgomery, "Death," A Universal Prayer; Death; A Vision of Heaven; and A Vision of Hell; &c. &c., 1829
The true way to render age vigorous is to prolong the youth of the mind. ~Mortimer Collins
A man is as old as he's feeling,
A woman as old as she looks.
When the problem is not so much resisting temptation as finding it, you may just be getting older. ~Author Unknown
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. ~Henry Ford
I am getting old and the sign of old age is that I begin to philosophize and ponder over problems which should not be my concern at all. ~Jawaharlal Nehru
Sometimes age succeeds, sometimes it fails. It depends on you. ~Ravensara Noite
An old woman looks in a mirror, recalls a little girl with a rag doll, and wonders what became of the little girl. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
The best thing about getting old is that all those things you couldn't have when you were young you no longer want. ~L.S. McCandless
I never felt that there was anything enviable in youth. I cannot recall that any of us, as youths, admired our condition to excess or had a desire to prolong it. ~Bernard Berenson
Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work. ~Author Unknown
Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life. ~Wilma Rudolph
When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices. ~Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld
We thought we were running away from the grown-ups, and now we're the grown-ups. ~Margaret Atwood
The discovery of a grey hair when you are brushing out your whiskers of a morning—first fallen flake of the coming snows of age—is a disagreeable thing.... So are flying twinges of gout, shortness of breath on the hill-side, the fact that even the moderate use of your friend's wines at dinner upsets you. These things are disagreeable because they tell you that you are no longer young—that you have passed through youth, are now in middle age, and faring onward to the shadows in which, somewhere, a grave is hid. ~Alexander Smith, "An Essay on an Old Subject"
There is a certain even-handed justice in Time; and for what he takes away he gives us something in return. He robs us of elasticity of limb and spirit, and in its place he brings tranquility and repose—the mild autumnal weather of the soul. ~Alexander Smith, "An Essay on an Old Subject"
There is a slow-growing beauty which only comes to perfection in old age.... I have seen sweeter smiles on a lip of seventy than I ever saw on a lip of seventeen. There is the beauty of youth, and there is also the beauty of holiness—a beauty much more seldom met; and more frequently found in the arm-chair by the fire, with grandchildren around its knee, than in the ball-room or the promenade. ~Alexander Smith, "An Essay on an Old Subject"
And in any case, to the old man, when the world becomes trite, the triteness arises not so much from a cessation as from a transference of interest. What is taken from this world is given to the next. The glory is in the east in the morning, it is in the west in the afternoon, and when it is dark the splendour is irradiating the realm of the under-world. He would only follow. ~Alexander Smith, "An Essay on an Old Subject"
There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine. ~P.G. Wodehouse
Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. ~Author Unknown
Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature. ~Harold Coffin
Old age is a lot of crossed off names in an address book. ~Ronald Blythe
My wrinkles are a playground of happy memories. ~Terri Guillemets
You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived I'm sure I would have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older. ~Lillian Gish
Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old. ~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711
Oh! weep not that our beauty wears
Beneath the wings of Time;
That age o'erclouds the brow with cares
That once was raised sublime...
But mourn the inward wreck we feel
As hoary years depart,
And Time's effacing fingers steal
Young feelings from the heart!
~Robert Montgomery, "Lost Feelings," March 1828
You spend the first two-thirds of your life asking to be left alone and the last third not having to ask. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
It well becomes a man who is no longer young to forget that he ever was. ~Seigneur de Saint-Evremond, 1696
When the straight, eager forms that we knew in youth
Become bent with age, we rebel at the truth
That never, again, will they be young and strong;
For old age—so ruthless!—has now come along.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "We Do Not Grow Old" (1940s)
Age is like the newest version of a software — it has a bunch of great new features but you lost all the cool features the original version had. ~Carrie Latet
Age swallows our childhood. ~Terri Guillemets
When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again. ~Hugo L. Black
In youth we are plagued by desire; in later years, by the desire to feel desire. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
You get to an age when there are really just two reasons to get up in the morning — for goodness sake and for heaven's sake. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings. ~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711
They talk about the economy this year. Hey, my hairline is in recession, my waistline is in inflation. Altogether, I'm in a depression. ~Rick Majerus
Few people know how to be old. ~Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
We are only young once. That is all society can stand. ~Bob Bowen
There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age. ~Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
I am getting to an age when I can only enjoy the last sport left. It is called hunting for your spectacles. ~Edward Grey
The lost leaves measure our years; they are gone as the days are gone. ~Richard Jefferies, The Life of the Fields, 1908
Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving. ~Author Unknown
How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart. ~William Butler Yeats
I don't know how you feel about old age... but in my case I didn't even see it coming. It hit me from the rear. ~Phyllis Diller
Growing old is a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form. ~Andre Maurois
Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret. ~Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby
You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old. ~George Burns
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. ~Voltaire
You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. ~Bonnie Prudden
The trick is growing up without growing old. ~Casey Stengel
It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are. ~Quoted by Raymond A. Michel in The Leaf
The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis. ~Leon Edel
The older you get the stronger the wind gets — and it's always in your face. ~Jack Nicklaus
You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind. ~Timothy Leary
It takes a long time to become young. ~Pablo Picasso
The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer. ~Joan Collins
I never dared be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood. ~Logan Pearsall Smith
Our bodies are the burial grounds of dead time. ~T.A. Sachs, in answer to William Habington "Time! where didst thou those years inter, Which I have seene decease?"
Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don't recognize you. ~Bennett Cerf
I am old enough to see how little I have done in so much time, and how much I have to do in so little. ~Sheila Kaye-Smith
There is always some specific moment when we realize our youth is gone; but years after, we know it was much later. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo
Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you are forced to. ~Bill Vaughn
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. ~Kurt Vonnegut
To the loved ones with snowy crowns, I bequeath the happiness of old age, the love and gratitude of their children until they fall asleep. ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Williston Fish
At sixteen I was stupid, confused and indecisive. At twenty-five I was wise, self-confident, prepossessing and assertive. At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive. Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence? ~Jules Feiffer
Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much. ~Margaret Willour
The idea is to die young as late as possible. ~Ashley Montagu
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