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My son, we ought to lay up a stock of absurd enthusiasms in our youth, or else we shall reach the end of our journey with an empty heart, for we lose a great many on our way. ~Victor Cherbuliez, Samuel Brohl and Partner, 1877, translated from French (translator unspecified)


O murmuring heart! thy pleasures may decay,
Thy faith grow cold, thy golden dreams take wing;
Still in the realm of faded youth and joy,
Heaven kindly leaves some bird of hope to sing.
~Albert Laighton (1829–1887), "In the Woods," c.1859


How stunning are the changes which age makes in a man while he sleeps! ~Mark Twain, letter to William Dean Howells, 1887 August 22nd


The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~Doug Larson


The excesses of our youth, are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after date. ~C.C. Colton, Lacon: or, Many Things in Few Words; Addressed to Those Who Think, 1820 (no. LXXVI)  [William Kitchiner later quoted this as "twenty years." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


If you would keep young: be cheerful, keep working, and love one another. ~Fanny J. Crosby  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


To remain always young, we need only do at every age what harmonises with it. ~Max Nordau (1849–1923), "The Art of Growing Old," How Women Love and Other Tales (Soul Analysis), translated from the German by an unnamed translator, 1896


Two things you discover when you're older and wiser — you're not actually any wiser, and behind the wrinkles, you're not any older, either. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Leroy "Satchel" Paige


Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ~Samuel Ullman


Age — A youthful old. ~Felix Gregory de Fontaine (1832–1896), A Cyclopedia of the Best Thoughts of Charles Dickens, 1872


You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. ~Douglas MacArthur


Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~Chili Davis


In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long. ~Nikita Ivanovich Panin


Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. ~Jim Fiebig


In a man's middle years there is scarcely a part of the body he would hesitate to turn over to the proper authorities. ~E.B. White


Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator


 
 
Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!.... his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes. ~Charles Dickens


Time, that sad destroyer of youth's airy castles, seemed to have passed over them with a charmed wing. ~Edward Parmele, "A Leaf from Indian Island," 1840


[S]tudy and obey those natural and moral laws whose observance will prolong our days and keep us young in heart and intellect long after the hair is silvered by the touch of time. ~W.J. Hunter, "How to Keep Young," Health Magazine, October 1899


The dreams of our early morning
Like the dew had passed away;
Our skies of gold and crimson
Had turned to cloud and gray.
In the years that lay before us,
Half seen through the distant haze,
The winters grew drearily longer
And briefer the summer days.
~Edith Palmer, "October Violets," c.1872


The years teach much which the days never knew. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. ~Sam Ewing


[A] youthful old age is the rich and mellow autumn of life... the mind is ripe in wisdom... the intellect is still active and vigorous... spiritual character has reached its full terrestrial maturity of virtue. ~W.J. Hunter, "How to Keep Young," Health Magazine, October 1899


Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. ~George Bernard Shaw


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


Growing old isn't so bad when you consider the alternative. ~Author unknown


Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. ~Author Unknown


A man's age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man's age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell


A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~John Barrymore


How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were? ~Satchel Paige


Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. ~Muriel Spark


Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, 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 vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life. ~Charles Dickens


The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left. ~Jerry M. Wright


When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not; but my faculties are decaying, now, & soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the latter. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it. ~Mark Twain  [Also, "When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. ~Bob Hope


...that middle road of life which leads downhill all too rapidly... ~Shirley, "Mr. Disraeli's Lothair," 1870


Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead center of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush to the net. ~Franklin Adams


Everyone is the age of their heart. ~Guatemalan Proverb


There is always a lot to be thankful for, if you take the time to look. For example, I'm sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt. ~Author Unknown


Youth is a disease from which we all recover. ~Dorothy Fulheim


There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age — I missed it coming and going. ~J.B. Priestly


I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now. ~Author Unknown


Age is a high price to pay for maturity. ~Tom Stoppard


By the time I have money to burn, my fire will have burnt out. ~Author Unknown


There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine. ~Logan Pearsall Smith


We are young only once, after that we need some other excuse. ~Author Unknown


The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible. ~Judith Regan


The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. ~Mark Twain, letter to Edward Dimmit, 1901 July 19th


It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen. ~Brigitte Bardot


It's like this. Father Time keeps pitching the years at us. We swing and miss at a few. We hit a few out of the park. We try not to take any called strikes. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. ~Robert Browning


And never say you are too old. You do not say it now, perhaps; but by and by, when the hair grows gray and the eyes grow dim and the young despair comes to curse the old age, you will say: "It is too late for me." Never too late! Never too old! How old are you—thirty, fifty, eighty? What is that in immortality? ~Lyman Abbott, "Out of the Past," sermon preached in Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, Sunday evening, March 26, 1899


Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. ~Herbert Asquith


Old age is fifteen years older than I am. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left. ~Voltaire


There's no such thing as too late. That's why they invented death. ~From the movie Out to Sea


I was wrong to grow older. Pity. I was so happy as a child. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière


Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus


The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed,
Lets in new light through chinks that time hath made.
~Edmund Waller


There is still no cure for the common birthday. ~John Glenn


Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty — they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum


I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. ~Lauren Bacall


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.
~Sara Teasdale


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


Few people know how to be old. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)


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


Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs. ~Charles Dickens


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


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. ~John M. Wagner ("Maxine")


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


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


We try to achieve beauty by covering up all traces of age and end up looking like we tried to achieve youth by covering up all traces of beauty. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


One evil in old age is, that as your time is come, you think every little illness is the beginning of the end. When a man expects to be arrested, every knock at the door is an alarm. ~Sydney Smith, letter to Robert Wilmot-Horton, 1836 February 8th


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 (1879–1962)


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


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


Age is just a number. Mine is unlisted. ~Author Unknown


Age is a prison
we cannot escape
but only by death,
into another world.
~Terri Guillemets


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


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


You can't reach old age by another man's road. My habits protect my life but they would assassinate you. ~Mark Twain, seventieth birthday speech, 1905


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." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Whatever a man's age, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-colored flower in his button-hole. ~Mark Twain, The American Claimant


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...
~William Shakespeare


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


[O]ften, I am not all that exhausted, just either whining, apathetic or just simply not getting on to the next thing. This is why I try to be in environments that don't give me the opportunity to go sideways. Age has forced me to trade in some energy for more resolve. I think it's a good deal. ~Henry Rollins, "Empowerment Through Libraries," November 2013, LA Weekly


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"


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


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


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


Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms. ~Mark Twain, letter to Joe Goodman, April 1891


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


I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher. ~Mark Twain, a Biography


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


Tired?... The body has forgotten to be tired, under the supreme weariness of the soul. It is the soul which is tired. It is the soul whose wings have been broken beneath the wheel. Once they could have flown into the white light,—soared to the stars, now... now I am old. ~Virginia Woodward Cloud, "The Eleventh Hour," Dixie, August 1899


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 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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.
~Alexander Pope


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"


Love, benevolence, gratitude, and hope enrich the heart, energize the mind, and reanimate the body. Hatred, envy, revenge, and despair impoverish, enfeeble, and depress. Mental and moral hygiene—a cheerful spirit and the employment of every waking moment in work, study, recreation and social intercourse will keep us young and sweet and attractive in spite of furrowed cheeks and faltering footsteps; but an irritable fretful disposition will stamp premature age on mind and heart, and defy all the power of mere physical hygiene. ~W.J. Hunter, "How to Keep Young," Health Magazine, October 1899  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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)


There's this youth culture that is really, really powerful and really, really strong, but what it does is it really discards people once they reach a certain age. I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting — women, especially — when they reach my age. We've got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we've got wrinkles, or whether we've put on weight or lost weight, or whether we've changed our hair style. I just find that so shallow. ~Annie Lennox, interview with Chris Azzopardi, September 2014


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
I joggle.
~Ogden Nash, "Birthday on the Beach"


All diseases run into one, old age. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Age is easiest to see in Winter, between the bare branches of the trees. ~Terri Guillemets


It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton


Some days my soul is windy,
blowing the dying leaves
off my aging bones.
My heart aches,
but it's winter pains —
nothing a little spring won't cure...
~Terri Guillemets, "3PM Sunbeams, Palms Blowing in Winter Wind," 2015


Young twigs will bend, but not old trees. ~Dutch Proverb  [Quoted in Woordenboek der Nederduitsche en Fransche Taalen / Dictionnaire Flamand & François, Halma & van Poolsum, c.1710 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


For young Twigs will bend with most Ease, before they grow stubborn or stiff-neck'd: And we ought to begin early to lay the Foundation of Learning, Knowledge, and Vertue, in the Morning of our Lives; for we are hardly safe from Corruption in our Nurse's Arms. ~Oswald Dykes, c.1713  [A reflection on the English proverb "That which is bred in the Bone, will never out of the Flesh." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


'Tis Education forms the common mind,
Just as the Twig is bent, the Tree's inclin'd.
~Alexander Pope (1688–1744)


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.
~Li Po


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.
~Henri Estienne


Old age puts more wrinkles in our minds than on our faces. ~Michel de Montaigne


The best way to live your life is to go to the other side of the rainbow young, but at a very old age. ~Craig D. Slovak


Why is it, that the soul looks back
On its once fair, now faded track,
When Youth and Hope, so fondly bright,
Would onward still direct its flight?
In Manhood's more advancéd years,
We look on youth, and e'en its tears,
All fondly beaming on our gaze,
Seem bright thro' intervening days.
Such joyous freshness hath that time,
So pure the sunshine of its clime,
That turning back, those days to hail,
Bright Fiction lends to Truth her veil,
And o'er each scene of care or woe
Its brighter tints will gently throw:—
Thus sleeps on Midnight's darker hue
The zone that girds her robe of blue.
~Robert Howe Gould, "Poetic Musings, Addressed to a Lady," 1840


The arctic loneliness of age. ~S. Weir Mitchell


And now,
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


One mellows almost without realizing it—a compensation of age, because anger is exhausting. ~Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm, 2014


The true way to render age vigorous is to prolong the youth of the mind. ~Mortimer Collins


When the problem is not so much resisting temptation as finding it, you may just be getting older. ~Author unknown


A man is as old as he's feeling,
A woman as old as she looks.
~Mortimer Collins


Seated on a Chippendale chair and writing on a portable typewriter with three fingers of each hand ("most amateur typists can only use two," she says proudly), she takes from six weeks to three months to produce a whodunit. She is still capable of producing two a year and has based four of them on the archaeological work which is now her chief interest. But "I don't think I dare do it again," she says, "or my husband will think I am neglecting my official duties." Agatha Christie would be the last person to want to make trouble of this kind because she rates domestic happiness far higher than literary success, and she is fond of quoting the witty wife who once said, "An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." ~Nigel Dennis, "Genteel Queen of Crime: Whodunit Writer Agatha Christie Puts Her Zest for Life into Murder," LIFE, 1956 May 14th  ["She asked him why he hadn't got married yet, and Richard said he didn't think he was the marrying kind, to which Mrs. Clayton said briskly: 'Nonsense.' Archaeologists, she said, made splendid husbands,—and were there any young women coming out to the Dig this season?" ~Agatha Christie, They Came to Baghdad, 1951 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


The teeth are renewed at the 7th year.
Puberty arrives at twice seven — 14.
Full stature at three times seven — 21.
The perfection of growth at four times seven — 28.
The greatest vigour of body and mind at five times seven — 35.
The commencement of partial decay at six times seven — 42.
General decay and decrease of energy, at seven times seven — 49.
Arrival of old age at eight times seven — 56.
And the grand climacteric of the ancients at nine times seven — 63.
~Thomas Jameson, M.D., "Coincidence of the epochs with the changes of the body," Essays on the Changes of the Human Body, at its Different Ages; the Diseases to Which It is Predisposed in Each Period of Life; and the Physiological Principles of Its Longevity, 1811  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


At age 4, success is not peeing your pants.
At age 12, success is having friends.
At age 16, success is having a driver's license.
At age 20, success is having sex.
At age 35, success is having money.
At age 50, success is having money.
At age 60, success is having sex.
At age 70, success is having a driver's license.
At age 75, success is having friends.
At age 80, success is not peeing your pants.
~Author unknown


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


Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. ~Robert Southey, The Doctor


The last birthday that's any good is 23. ~Andy Rooney


The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed. ~Henry David Thoreau


If I could only go back to thirty, and yet retain all my experience, I would turn somersaults all the way down to Ostergade. ~Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), written in his seventieth year  [The fashionable thoroughfare of Copenhagen. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Before thirty, men seek disease; after thirty, diseases seek men. ~Chinese Proverb


I spent my 30s fixing everything I broke in my 20s. ~Eddie Murphy


Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. ~Caryn Leschen


It's weird, when you're 39 it starts to happen... ~Keanu Reeves, 2003


No one becomes forty without incredulity and a sense of outrage. ~Clifford Bax (1886–1962)  [Written at age 39, in 1925. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


[A] thing that is excusable in youth, that seems then to be very pretty and delightful, is degrading at forty. ~Honoré de Balzac, 1833, The Muse of the Department, translated from the French by George Burnham Ives, 1909


Any man of forty who is endowed with moderate intelligence has seen—in the light of the uniformity of nature—the entire past and future. ~Marcus Aurelius


Nobody feels well after his fortieth birthday
But the convalescence is touched by glory...
~Peter Porter (1929–2010), "Returning," English Subtitles, 1981


I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience. ~Author Unknown


I am forty years old, I have already passed through four professions.... I have obeyed and I have commanded; I have had moments of wealth and years of of poverty. I have been loved and I have been hated; I have been applauded and I have been ridiculed. I have been a son and a father, a lover and a husband; I have passed through the season of flowers and through the season of fruits, as the poets say... ~Claude Tillier (1801–1844), My Uncle Benjamin: A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel, 1843, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1890


Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms they will not be
Coming back to.
~Donald Justice, "Men at Forty"


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


While I a Moment name, a Moment's past,
I'm nearer Death in this Verse than the last;
What then is to be done? be wise with speed,
A Fool at forty is a Fool indeed.
~Edward Young, "The Universal Passion: Satire II," 1726


At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment. ~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac


When forty winters shall beseige thy brow,
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
Thy youth's proud livery, so gazed on now,
Will be a tatter'd weed, of small worth held:
Then being ask'd where all thy beauty lies,
Where all the treasure of thy lusty days,
To say, within thine own deep-sunken eyes,
Were an all-eating shame and thriftless praise.
How much more praise deserved thy beauty's use,
If thou couldst answer 'This fair child of mine
Shall sum my count and make my old excuse,'
Proving his beauty by succession thine!
This were to be new made when thou art old,
And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold.
~William Shakespeare


What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. ~Voltaire


Better one bite, at forty, of Truth's bitter rind,
Than the hot wine that gushed from the vintage of twenty!
~James Russell Lowell, "Two Scenes from the Life of Blondel"  [Written at age 44, in Autumn 1863. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


If we had breathing space, we should take the occasion to modify and adjust; but at this breakneck hurry, we are no sooner boys than we are adult, no sooner in love than married or jilted, no sooner one age than we begin to be another, and no sooner in the fulness of our manhood than we begin to decline towards the grave. It is in vain to seek for consistency or expect clear and stable views in a medium so perturbed and fleeting.... [W]e cannot even regard ourselves as a constant; in this flux of things, our identity itself seems in a perpetual variation; and not infrequently we find our own disguise the strangest in the masquerade. In the course of time, we grow to love things we hated and hate things we loved.... It is decidedly harder to climb trees, and not nearly so hard to sit still.... All our attributes are modified or changed; and it will be a poor account of us if our views do not modify and change in a proportion. To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty, is to have been stupified for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, "Crabbed Age and Youth," in The Cornhill Magazine, March 1878  [Credited R.L.S. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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.


The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. ~Arthur Schopenhauer


I was cursed or blessed with a prolonged adolescence; I arrived at some seeming maturity when I was past thirty. It was only in my forties that I really began to feel young. By then I was ready for it. ~Henry Valentine Miller (1891–1980), "On Turning Eighty"


      "Nearly twenty years since I set out to seek my fortune. It has been a long search, but I think I have found it at last. I only asked to be a useful, happy woman, and my wish is granted: for, I believe I am useful; I know I am happy."
      Christie looked so as she sat alone in the flowery parlor one September afternoon, thinking over her life with a grateful, cheery spirit. Forty to‑day, and pausing at that half‑way house between youth and age, she looked back into the past without bitter regret or unsubmissive grief, and forward into the future with courageous patience; for three good angels attended her, and with faith, hope, and charity to brighten life, no woman need lament lost youth or fear approaching age. Christie did not, and though her eyes filled with quiet tears... none fell; and in a moment tender sorrow changed to still tenderer joy...
      ~Louisa May Alcott, "At Forty," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873


I am forty-one years of age, and I feel myself begin to change, and to lose my health, natural spirits and strength. ~John Thomas


I am forty-one years of age and feel as if I was just beginning to live. ~"My Schoolmates Are Dead—Died Like Rotten Sheep," Association Men, December 1916


So, you see, I am forty-one years old; and every day I feel I am still "beginning." ~Enrico Caruso, "How I Began," in T.P.'s Weekly, 1914 May 15th


I am forty-one years of age.... and am mentally, sexually, and physically better than ever in my life. ~Anonymous, letter to editor, "At the Shrine of Love," Beauty and Health, January 1904


I am forty-two years old; I have grown as lazy as a ground-hog... ~Honoré de Balzac, 1833, The Muse of the Department, translated from the French by George Burnham Ives, 1909


Forty-two years ago to-day I did not amount to much. Now.... what a tiny step I have made out into the eternities!.... I am, probably, two-thirds through my work here. It remains to the last third to do my very best. ~Edward A. Lawrence, Jr., letter his mother Margaret Woods Lawrence, 1889 January 16th, Sing Sing


I am this day forty-three years old: as years increase, may I grow more wise and gracious. ~Hannah Ball (1733–1792), journal, 1777 March 24th


This Spring-morn I am forty-three years old:
In prime of life, perfection of estate
Bodily, mental, nay, material too, —
My whole of worldly fortunes reach their height.
Body and soul alike on eminence:
It is not probable I ever raise
Soul above standard by increase of worth,
Nor reasonably may expect to lift
Body beyond the present altitude.
~Robert Browning, "Red Cotton Night-Cap Country; or, Turf and Towers," 1873


Life was a fairy-tale, then, it is a tragedy now. When I was 43 and John Hay 41 he said life was a tragedy after 40, and I disputed it. Three years ago he asked me to testify again: I counted my graves, and there was nothing for me to say. I am old; I recognize it but I don't realize it. I wonder if a person ever really ceases to feel young — I mean, for a whole day at a time. ~Mark Twain, letter to Mr. and Mrs. William Gordon, 1906 January 24th


I am forty-four years old.... It would be strange, indeed, if I did not know myself pretty well by this time.... I love freshness and youth and gaiety, and as I miss them more and more in myself I seek them all the more in others. ~Lloyd Osbourne, "The First Victim of Reform" (Love, the Fiddler), 1901


A man can speak of his age without regret, when he is only in the mid-forties. ~Max Nordau (1849–1923), "The Art of Growing Old," How Women Love and Other Tales (Soul Analysis), translated from the German by an unnamed translator, 1896


Forty-five is the age of recklessness for many men, as if in defiance of the decay and death waiting with open arms in the sinister valley at the bottom of the inevitable hill. ~Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)


When I was young and miserable, all change was for the better, but when you're forty-five, almost nothing can be better, so you grieve for every leaf that falls. ~Garrison Keillor (b.1942), We Are Still Married: Stories and Letters, 1990 edition, Part 2 — The Lake, "Who Do You Think You Are?"


Old age begins at forty-six years, according to the common opinion. ~Cicero/Holmes


Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. ~Victor Hugo


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


Instead of bewailing a lost youth, a man nowadays begins to wonder, when he reaches my ripe age of forty-two, if ever his past will subside and be comfortably by-gone. ~D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)


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


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


One starts to get young at the age of sixty, and then it is too late. Only then does one start to feel free; only then has one learned to strip oneself down to one's essential creative simplicity. ~Pablo Picasso, remark to Jean Cocteau


A man who is not a Liberal at sixteen has no heart; a man who is not a Conservative at sixty has no head. ~Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time by Laurence J. Peter, 1977  [The Quote Investigator has tracked down the earliest known version of this to an 1875 French book, Portraits Contemporains by Jules Claretie, which reads: Anselme Polycarpe Batbie (1828–1887) "in a much-celebrated letter, once quoted the [Edmund] Burke paradox in order to account for his bizarre political shifts: 'He who is not a républicain at twenty compels one to doubt the generosity of his heart; but he who, after thirty, persists, compels one to doubt the soundness of his mind.'" Details: quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/24/heart-head —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


I never dared be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.
~Robert Frost, "Precaution"


To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes (Thanks Janice!)


My diseases are an asthma and a dropsy and, what is less curable, seventy-five. ~Samuel Johnson


In a dream you are never eighty. ~Anne Sexton


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. ~Henry Ford


Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. ~Mark Twain, quoted in Autobiography with Letters by William L. Phelps


The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion. ~Doris Lessing


In dog years, I'm dead. ~Author Unknown


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


The years sprint, sail, drift, fly —
Days melt into sleep
Decades we no longer know —
By taste or smell, yes — but
Hard, fast memories tend not to keep
Youth lives on — yet, is long gone
Birds chirp each Spring anew
But our hearts sing the same shades
Of childhood colors we once knew
~Terri Guillemets, "Iridescent"


Nobody is too old for fairy tales. ~Author unknown


'Tis well to give honour and glory to age,
With its lessons of wisdom and truth;
Yet who would not go back to the fanciful page,
And the fairy tale read but in youth?
~Eliza Cook, "Stanzas," Melaia, and Other Poems, 1840


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


He dreaded the inexorable mirror, and yet self-torturing curiosity impelled him to inspect his face with the keen observation of a Holbein. Not even the least deterioration in his appearance escaped his search and scrutiny. He perceived and examined all the ravages which life had made in his exterior: the lines crossing the brow, the little wrinkles extending from the corners of the eyes towards the temples, the deep ones, as well as those which seemed, as it were, lightly sketched with a faint stroke... the flabbiness of the narrow strip of skin between the edge of the beard and the ears.... He counted the white hairs already visible on the temples—he pulled out the ones in the moustache—let the sunbeams play over his hair and, turning and bending his head, saw that it was growing thinner and, from the brow to the crown, showed the smooth scalp shining through. ~Max Nordau (1849–1923), "The Art of Growing Old," How Women Love and Other Tales (Soul Analysis), translated from the German by an unnamed translator, 1896


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


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


Poetry allows my soul to age gracefully,
my mind to land softly amongst the new gray hairs—
without it I'd have thunked into my 40s with tail bone & funny bone broken.
~Terri Guillemets, "Only bruises," 2015


Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work. ~Author unknown


Perhaps in some thin and far-off fashion, he still hoped to find love some day; there had been moments haunted by a vision of himself seated cosily before a glowing hearth, and not alone; but somehow, as the years passed, that figure sitting there in slippered ease had grown older and older, grey haired, even a little stiff in the joints... ~Burton E. Stevenson, The Kingmakers, "Chapter XIX: Selden Takes an Inventory," 1922


Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life. ~Wilma Rudolph


Growing old is not a gradual decline, but a series of drops, full of sorrow, from one ledge to another below it. But when we pick ourselves up we find our bones are, after all, not broken; while level enough and not unpleasing is the new terrace which lies unexplored before us. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, "Age and Death," Afterthoughts, 1931


I can remember once, ere I was dead,
      The sorrow and the prayer and bitter cry
      When they who loved me stood around the bed,
      Watching till I should die:
They need not so have grieved their souls for me,
      Grouped statue-like to count my failing breath—
      Only one thought strove faintly, bitterly
      With the kind drug of Death:
How once upon a time, unwept, unknown,
      Unhelped by pitying sigh or murmured prayer,
      My youth died in slow agony alone
      With none to watch or care.
~Margaret Widdemer (1884–1978), "The Two Dyings," 1913


The pain of watching a parent age is unlike any other.... But in the end, well — it's simply life. ~NCIS, "Better Angels" (S11, E7, 2013), written by Gina Lucita Monreal, spoken by the character Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard


When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault


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


The diseases of old age are the diseases of children grown old. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


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. ~Terri Guillemets, "Thirties and beyond," 2006


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


You get up one day, young,
make a quick sandwich,
throw back a cold beer,
then BAM — you're old
                    — just like that!
~Terri Guillemets


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


Age swallows our childhood. ~Terri Guillemets


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


You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. ~Bonnie Prudden


Do I weep then that dreams are flown, strength gone, and youth dead? Do I mourn that,—rent and weatherbeaten,—I lie a dingy wreck upon a stagnant shore? ~Malheureuse, "Four For a Cent," in The Overland Monthly, January 1893


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


Under perfect conditions of constitution, climate, food, occupations and habits of life, the periods of youth could be greatly prolonged, the decrepitude of age entirely avoided; and like an apple ripe and mellow, man would drop from the tree of life without a struggle or a groan. But it is painfully obvious in this age of artificial life, if not of dissipation and debauchery, the great majority of people are born with organizations incapable of manifesting the phenomena of life for more than sixty or seventy years. ~W.J. Hunter, "How to Keep Young," Health Magazine, October 1899


The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer. ~Joan Collins


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


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


I have seen many things;
      My soul is an old soul now;
      My soul is tired.
Rulers of Life and Death,
      I have lived many lives;
      I should be fast asleep
      Where my old gods dream white
      With the souls I knew...
Rulers of Life and Death,
      Let me go sleep!
~Margaret Widdemer (1884–1978), "The Estray," The Factories, With Other Lyrics, 1915



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