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Age Quotations:
50 to 59 Years Old


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Welcome to my page of quotations about the specific ages of being in one's fifties, a decade I'm approaching rather quickly!  —ღ Terri


Age 50. —
But he came of a long-lived family, he had not a single grey hair, no one would have taken him for forty, and he remembered Varenka's saying that it was only in Russia that men of fifty thought themselves old, and that in France a man of fifty considers himself in the prime of life, while a man of forty is a young man. But what did the mere reckoning of years matter when he felt as young in heart as he had been twenty years ago? ~Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, 1875–1877, translated by Constance Garnett, 1917  [a little altered —tg]


Age 50. —
When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his forties shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again. ~Hugo L. Black


Age 50. —
There is no "trick" in being young: it happens to you. But 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. If it is bad, it is not because you are older but because you have not grown. Yet all this is obscured, daily, hourly, by the selling barrage of youth; perhaps the greatest campaign for the arrested development of the human being ever waged anywhere. Look young, be young, stay young... ~Marya Mannes, "Stay Young," More in Anger, 1958


Age 50. —
A man is old on the day when he begins doddering of the past instead of planning for the future. With reluctance I sit me down to check up the changes that advertise themselves to a mere child of fifty. I discover this year that a young man is one under fifty. An old man is one over fifty. There is no other rule. We—whether thirty-two or forty-seven or fifty-three — continue to be just ourselves, neither old nor young. Those who antedated have given me their word on it that it is fifty years since I was born. An even fifty years. There is no getting away from the cruel mathematics. ~George Ade, "Looking Back From 50," in The American Magazine, February 1917


Age 50. —
The difference between a human being ten years of age and one fifty years of age lies altogether in the matter of toys. ~Austin O'Malley (1858–1932), Thoughts of a Recluse, 1898


Age 50. —
Wherefore these flowers? floral applause?
Ah, no, these blossoms came to say
That I am growing old, because
I number fifty years to-day.
O rapid, ever-fleeting day!
O moments lost, I know not how!
O wrinkled cheek and hair grown gray!
Alas, for I am fifty now!
~Jean-Pierre de Béranger, "Cinquante Ans," translated by Walter Learned


Age 50. —
Why thump and rattle at the door, as it were, on the first of January, and bawl out to the whole world that we are a year older, and that makes—! It is disagreeably unnecessary. Why should not the old fellow do his duty quietly, and tell off another year without such an outrageous uproar? Does he think it so pleasant to hear his increasing tally — forty, five, fifty, five, sixty, five? Peace! peace! Why not have it understood that the tally beyond — well, say fifty, is a gross impertinence? Let something be left to the imagination. ~George William Curtis, "Editor's Easy Chair" ("The New Year"), Harper's New Monthly Magazine, January 1887


Ages 50+. —
The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down. ~T. S. Eliot, 1950


Age 51. —
He was fifty-one [f@%'ing] years old, and fifty-one was too old for dreams of the future. At fifty-one you had to keep running just to escape the avalanche of your own past. ~Stephen King, Needful Things, 1992


Age 53. —
Yes, I shall be fifty-three... I must confess I find it difficult to become accustomed to the thought that the yellow leaf is upon me. ~Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986), The Last of Mr. Norris, 1935


Age 55. —
...the very prime of life; that is, about fifty-five years of age, — the flowering time of existence, when real enjoyment of life begins. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot, 1868, translated from the Russian by Frederick Whishaw, 1887


Age 58. —
      A neighbor told me she had been in a small car accident and had managed to persuade the local paper to ignore her true age (as it appears on her license) and to print her age as thirty-nine! I was really astonished by this confidence. I am proud of being fifty-eight, and still alive and kicking, in love, more creative, balanced, and potent than I have ever been. I mind certain physical deteriorations, but not really...
      Wrinkles here and there seem unimportant compared to the Gestalt of the whole person I have become... Somewhere in The Poet and the Donkey Andy speaks for me when he says, "Do not deprive me of my age. I have earned it." ~May Sarton, 1971


Age 59. —
With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs. ~James Thurber, 1954



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