Quotes on Age

Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you’re in it, but the longer you stay in, the more wrinkled you get.
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Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.
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The first 40 years of your childhood are always the hardest.
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Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
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The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
– Muhammad Ali
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Age is just a number? Yeah and weed is just a plant!!!!!
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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
– Mark Twain
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The old believe everything; the middle- aged suspect everything; the young know everything!
– Jack Benny
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Age is no guarantee of maturity.
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Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
– Groucho Marx
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My grandkids believe I’m the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too.
– Gene Perret
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From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash.
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Young men’s minds are always changeable, but when an old man is concerned in a matter, he looks both before and after.
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At 8 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 10; there are two digits.
At 10 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 13; officially a teenager.
At 13 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 16; the age which we can drive.
At 16 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 18; legally an adult, able to vote.
At 18 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 21; legally able to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.
After 21 yrs of age, we forget our age.
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Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
– Jonathan Swift
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With age come the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals?
– Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.
– George Sand
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Thinketh not my age with my wisdom, but rather the age of my wisdom.
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I grow more intense as I age.
– Florida Scott- Maxwell
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There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you.
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It is not how old I am that matters to me, but how old I look.
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You know you’re getting old when happy hour is a nap.
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Your age doesn’t lie. Neither does that face.
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I am old but I am forever young at heart. We are always the same age inside. Know that you are a perfect age. Each year is special and precious, you can only live it once. Do not regret growing older, it's a privilege denied to many.
~ Richard Gere
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Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.
~ E. Joseph Cossman
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A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
~ Muhammad Ali
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Do not regret growing older. It's a privilege denied to many.
~ Petteri Tarkkonen
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Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.
~ Author Unknown
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Sometimes my age is very inappropriate for my behaviour.
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Middle age begins with the first mortgage and ends when you drop dead.
~ Herb Caen
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Age is no guarantee of maturity.
~ Lawana Blackwell
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The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
~ Oscar Wilde
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Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
~ Ogden Nash
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Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.
~ Andre Maurois
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One keeps on forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.
~ Colette
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We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
~ George Bernard Shaw
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Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.
~ Jim Fiebig
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The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.
~ Doug Larson
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Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.
~ Ogden Nash
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The most distinguished persons become more revolutionary as they grow older.
~ George Bernard Shaw
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Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.
~ Mark Twain
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Whatever a man's age may be, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-coloured flower in his buttonhole.
~ Mark Twain
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When we are young, our parents run our life, when we get older, our children do.
~ Vicki Baum
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Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.
~ Euripides
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You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
~ George Burns
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Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
~ Victor Hugo
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While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
~ Amos Bronson Alcott
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We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
~ J. B. Priestley
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There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
~ Fay Weldon
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Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
~ Mark Twain
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The trick is growing up without growing old.
~ Casey Stengel
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Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
~ James Thurber
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Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
~ C. S. Lewis
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Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
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Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
~ Golda Meir
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Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.
~ Emily Dickinson
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None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
~ Henry David Thoreau
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No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else.
~ Katharine Graham
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No man is ever old enough to know better.
~ Holbrook Jackson
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Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
~ Doris Day
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It takes a long time to become young.
~ Pablo Picasso
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It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
~ Brigitte Bardot
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Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.
~ Bill Vaughan
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Do not regret growing elder. It's a privilege denied to many.
~ Author Unknown
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Middle Age: That time when you finally get your head together then your body starts falling apart!
~ Author Unknown
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In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us.
~ Beverly Sills
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I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
~ Lauren Bacall
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The new age? It's just the old age stuck in the microwave oven for fifteen seconds.
~ James Randi
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Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
~ Victor Hugo
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Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
~ Aristotle
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As men get older, the toys get more expensive.
~ Marvin Davis
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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
~ Henry Ford
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Old age is not an illness, it is a timeless ascent. As power diminishes, we grow toward the light.
~ May Sarton
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Old age is rather like another country. You will enjoy it more if you have prepared yourself before you go.
~ Burrhus Frederic Skinner
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Age, like distance, lends a double charm.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr
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Age is like love, it cannot be hid.
~ Thomas Alexander Dekker
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As you get older, you find that often the wheat, disentangling itself from the chaff, comes out to meet you.
~ Gwendolyn Brooks
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It's sad to grow old-but nice to ripen.
~ Brigitte Bardot
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To know how to grow old is the masterwork of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel
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Old age is the verdict of life.
~ Amelia Edith Barr
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Age is not important unless you're a cheese.
~ Helen Hayes
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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
~ Mark Twain
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Old people really do have a secret though. You wanna know what it is? Luck.
~ Craig Ferguson
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Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.
~ Allan Frome
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Old people really do have a secret though. You wanna know what it is? Luck.
~ Craig Ferguson
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One crowded hour of glorious life is worth more than an age without a name.
~ Steve Irwin
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The best thing about being 40 is that you can appreciate 25-year-old men more.
~ Colleen McCullough
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Childhood and adulthood were not factors of age but states of mind.
~ Alex Shakar
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Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us.
~ C. S. Lewis
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It was a bitter moment for us. We weren't two mature parents. We were just two kids playing grown-up. We still needed Mommy and Daddy's permission, blessings, and money to survive.
~ Erma Bombeck
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I covet truth; beauty is unripe childhood's cheat; I leave it behind with the games of youth.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.
~ George Sand
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When humans were young, they were pushed around in strollers. When they were old, they were pushed around in wheelchairs. In between, they were just pushed around.
~ Tom Robbins
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I was tired of seeing the Graces always depicted as beautiful young things. I think wisdom comes with age and life and pain. And knowing what matters.
~ Louise Penny
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Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born.
~ Karl Lagerfeld
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In war, our elders may give the orders, but it is the young who have to fight.
~ Terence Hanbury White
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When people talk about the good old days, I say to people, 'It's not the days that are old, it's you that's old.' I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good.`
~ Karl Lagerfeld
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One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.
~ Oscar Wilde
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The years teach much which the days never knew.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Whether you live to be 50 or 100 makes no difference, if you made no difference in the world.
~ Jarod Kintz
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If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself .
~ Anonymous
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Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
~ Larry Lorenzoni
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Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
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Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Every man desires to live long, but no man desires to be old
~ Jonathan Swift
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The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
~ Muhammad Ali
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I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me.
~ Stephen Fry
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A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
~ Jean Rostand
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Teenagers complain that there's nothing to do, then stay out all night doing it.
~ Bob Phillips
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Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.
~ Author Unknown
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Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
~ Bob Hope
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Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you’re in it, but the longer you stay in, the more wrinkled you get.
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Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.
Provided by: Giselle
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Your age doesn’t lie. Neither does that face.
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Young people knows how to run fast but old people know the way.
Provided by: willie
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The first 40 years of your childhood are always the hardest.
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Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
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When you are young, you think about dates, when you are old, you think about prunes!
Provided by: Mary Halverson
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Without my driver’s license, you’ll just have to believe the age I tell you.
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If you don’t do a lot of stupid things while you’re young, you won’t have funny things to talk about when you’re old.
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You still look 21 From a distance.
Provided by: Lester Walker
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The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
– Muhammad Ali
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Age is just a number? Yeah and weed is just a plant!!!!!
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Live your life and forget your age.
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Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem- in my opinion- to characterize our age.
– Albert Einstein
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You will never stop learning new things, no matter how old you are.
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For 50, you look great! Of course I don’t have my glasses on.
Provided by: Merry
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The old believe everything; the middle- aged suspect everything; the young know everything!
– Jack Benny
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C.S. Lewis
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Age is no guarantee of maturity.
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Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
– Groucho Marx
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The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
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Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
– Cyril Connolly
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My grandkids believe I’m the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too.
– Gene Perret
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A young man is embarrassed to question an older one.
– Homer
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Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional.
– Bob Monkhouse
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The most convenient way to live as a youth, is to learn from the mistakes of the old.
Provided by: Osman Adams
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To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
– Bernard M. Baruch
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Young men’s minds are always changeable, but when an old man is concerned in a matter, he looks both before and after.
– Homer
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Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.
– Ellen Glasgow
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Middle age occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.
– Franklin Pierce Adams
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Old is always fifteen years from now.
– Bill Cosby
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Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
– Jonathan Swift
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With age come the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals?
– Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.
– George Sand
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Your age doesn’t define your maturity.
Your grades don’t define your intellect.
Rumors don’t define who you are.
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Thinketh not my age with my wisdom, but rather the age of my wisdom.
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You know you’re getting old when happy hour is a nap.
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I grow more intense as I age.
– Florida Scott- Maxwell
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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
– Mark Twain
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Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don’t recognize you.
– Bennett Cerf
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It is not how old I am that matters to me, but how old I look.
Provided by: Michael Djabanor
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There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you.
– Carol Matthau
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Don’t you think now is the time to be adventurous while we’re still young?
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A baby is ignorant, a child is curious, a teen is naive, an adult is confused and a elder is wise and/or crazy. But not one of them is perfect.
Provided by: Becah
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I was always taught to respect my elders and I’ve now reached the age when I don’t have anybody to respect.
– George F. Burns
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Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age.
– Jeanne Moreau
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C.S. Lewis
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We don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.
– Jules Renard
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About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.
– Gloria Pitzer
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Old people are just young people who have been living for a very long time.
Provided by: asmeralda
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You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.
– Dave Barry
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Old is just youth with the benefit of experience.
Provided by: Steve
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Getting old is better than the alternative.
Provided by: Sue Cary
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Age is a matter of mind over matter, if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter.
Provided by: nikki
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Age is not enough to prove that you’re always right.
Provided by: shobe
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Today you are the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be.
Provided by: Tobee
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Age does not define maturity, actions do.
Provided by: Fisilvaton
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You, that you are today,
I was yesterday.
I, that I am today,
You will be tomorrow.
Provided by: Soolou
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You know you’re old when your regrets overcome your dreams.
Provided by: Darawan Fatah
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Wishfull thinking is always a great thing, It keeps us young, however, it is our true personality that is shown when we take the extra step to make our wishes a reality…
Provided by: Werner Daniels
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You’re not old, you’re just. Old.
Provided by: Juju
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I’m not saying you’re old. Oh wait. You are!
Provided by: Julesa
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It’s not how old you are, it’s how old you can convince people you are.
Provided by: Kutmaster Spaz
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Most people don’t grow up. They just age.
Provided by: asmeralda
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Better to be old than cold.
Provided by: robert
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Teenage: When you’re too young for half the things you want to do, and too old for the other half.
Provided by: JB :)
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At 50, your life is in a state of perfect equilibrium: a balance of wisdom, maturity, and career financial achievement; all combined with just the right amount of physical zest to enjoy your days to the full.
Provided by: Craig Tamlin
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After 30, you are always old enough to know what you want and young enough to enjoy it!
Provided by: Yolanda
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I don’t age, I level up.
Provided by: Dallas
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Everyone is willing to live life but no one is willing to get old.
Provided by: william martinez
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You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, “See if you can blow this out”.
– Jerry Seinfeld
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Some people are old at 18, and some are young at 60. Time is a concept that humans created.
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You know when you’re getting old when you go back to the history books and your pic is in there.
Provided by: cheese rox
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Maturity cannot be determined by your age, but by how much you’ve been through.
Provided by: Ronnie
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Real maturity lies in your words, not on your age.
Provided by: vin
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You know you’re getting old when you start choking on your own saliva and when you start liking foods you hated before.
Provided by: An interesting person
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Education and learning has no restriction of age.
Provided by: liaqath
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You know you’re old if they have discontinued your blood type.
– Phyllis Diller
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If youth knew; if age could.
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You know you are getting old, when your friends and relatives compliment you on your new alligator shoes, and you aren’t wearing any!!!
Provided by: Ralph Garcia
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I’m not saying you’re old, you have just lived a lot longer than I’ve seen anyone live! But you’re not old. I think.
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Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul.
– Douglas MacArthur
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You know you’re old when someone compliments you on your alligator shoes, and you’re barefoot.
– Phyllis Diller
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One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.
– Sam Levenson
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I’m not young enough to know everything.
– James Matthew Barrie
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One of the advantages of getting older is having less energy to sustain attachments to the unimportant.
– Alan Robert Neal
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Where is the time for age to catch up with me? You are as old as you think.
– Asha Bhonsle
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Everyone must accept that we will age and age is not always flattering.
– Amitabh Bachchan
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Maybe it’s true that life begins at fifty. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.
– Phyllis Diller
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It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
– Margaret Mead
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Age is just a number. Not a label.
Provided by: Bonny boo
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Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.
– Pablo Picasso
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We don’t grow older we grow riper.
– Pablo Picasso
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It takes a very long time to become young.
– Pablo Picasso
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It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one’s youth.
– Vincent van Gogh
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It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.
– Jules Renard
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Forty to 60 I would say is your prime. That’s when you know the most, you’ve seen the most, you understand the most, and you still have some physical energy.
– Jerry Seinfeld
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Youth is not the age to seduce, it’s the age to be seduced.
– Colette
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To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.
– Colette
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Years later, when your looking at pictures of your youth, you realize you weren’t all that ugly.
Provided by: ShakeMeDown
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If you want to enjoy your life at any stage, pretend yourself to be a 7 years old child.
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It turns out it doesn’t matter how much make- up you put on every morning, it matters how much you need it.
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Age, toward which you draw amid the storms of life, is nothing so dreadful. Those who call it so have found all stages of life unwelcome, thanks to their mishandling of life, not to a particular age. ~Francesco Petrarca

The mind of man, his brain, and nerves, are a truer index of his age than the calendar... ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

How stunning are the changes which age makes in a man while he sleeps! ~Mark Twain

Spiritual age is determined by the acts which make the mornings and evenings of the soul, and not by the motions of the physical globe. The soul should have its own cycles and revolutions, presenting in turn every portion of its existence to the vivifying influence of the great source of light. ~Henry James Slack

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

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

If you would keep young: be cheerful, keep working, and love one another. ~Fanny J. Crosby


To remain always young, we need only do at every age what harmonises with it. ~Max Nordau

I admit that I am an old man. I read my years in my mirror, others read them on my brow. ~Francesco Petrarca


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

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

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

So go securely, do not delay; a harbor opens where you feared a shipwreck. ~Francesco Petrarca

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,


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


Some of you will perhaps be surprised — though not those who best understand that nothing is surprising in the human spirit — when I say that life never seemed so beautiful as it does now, when to many others it begins to be a burden. May God, who has brought me to this age, transport me from this vain mortal life to the true eternal life, as now I prize higher one day of this ripeness than do most young man prize a year of their bloom… ~Francesco Petrarca

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


Then autumn comes, with its first flush of youth gone, but ripe and mellow, midway in time between youth and age, with sprinkled grey showing on the temples. ~Ovid


[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


On the other hand, as the years increase, things look smaller, one and all; and Life, which had so firm and stable a base in the days of our youth, now seems nothing but a rapid flight of moments, every one of them illusory... ~Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


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

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

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


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


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


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


The surest sign of age is loneliness. While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot be old, whatever his years may number. ~A. Bronson Alcott, "Fellowship," Tablets, 1868


None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau


My falling hair, my roughened skin, my snowy crown, testify that my winter has come. But I render thanks to him who watches and guides us at dawning and at evening, from childhood to decrepitude. ~Francesco Petrarca

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


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


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


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


Nothing is more enjoyable than a leisured old age. ~Cicero


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


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


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



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


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


The relentless punctuality, the unwearied urgency, of old Time.... The slow whitening and thinning of the hair; the gradual incision of wrinkles; the queer antics of the sight, which holds the newspaper at farther and farther removes, until at last it is forced to succumb to glasses; the abated pace in walking; the dexterous avoidance of stone walls in country rambles; the harmless frauds lurking in the expressed reasons for frequent pauses in climbing a hill to turn and see the landscape... the general and gradual adjustment to greater repose: all these surely are adequate reminders and signs of the sovereignty of Time. ~George William Curtis, "Editor's Easy Chair" ("The New Year"), Harper's New Monthly Magazine, January 1887


Old age ain't no place for sissies. ~Bette Davis


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



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


Age transfigures, or petrifies. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882



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,

I am now old enough to no longer have a fear of dying young. ~Bruce Ades, c.1990


I feel that I have triumphed over my body, that old enemy which waged many a cruel war on me, and I seem to be driving a laureled chariot up the sacred way to the Capitol of my soul, dragging at chariot-tail my conquered passions, the insidious foes of virtue firmly bound, and pleasure in chains. ~Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch), letter, c.1366–1367, translated by Morris Bishop, 1966


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


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


In my young days, I was always pleased to hear a ring at my door: ah! thought I, now for something pleasant. But in later life my feelings on such occasions were rather akin to dismay than to pleasure: heaven help me! thought I, what am I to do? ~Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


Middle age: When you're sitting at home on Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you. ~Ogden Nash


[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


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


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


So scared of getting older
I'm only good at being young...
~John Mayer, "Stop This Train," Continuum, 2006 ♫



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



"'Tis not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart," answered De Mauléon, in another paraphrase of Italian proverb... ~Edward Bulwer, The Parisians, 1872


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


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,


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


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



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

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



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


I can enjoy even a return in winter, even in the icy rain; I will welcome those days with closed eyes and will find in them my delight. No matter how cold the hand on our forehead, it is enough that it be a loved hand. ~François Mauriac


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


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


[T]he drama that is associated usually with the young as they fully begin to enter life—with adolescents, with young men... can also startle and lay siege to the aged.... Maybe the most potent discoveries are reserved for last. ~Philip Roth, Exit Ghost, 2007


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


I wanted to write what was never told to me as a young woman: that one's world and the possibilities for it — be it a change of heart or a change of address — look very different when one is no longer young. I am no longer young. Neither am I old, but soon enough old age will come.... We are born and die within a particular epoch and within that era we may affect, through small or grand acts of courage, whatever changes we can upon this pitiful planet. Maybe to the young ones, I simply want to say, "Work tirelessly when your bodies do not yet ache at night. Do not waste your lives, your good health, strong bones, and resilient muscles. Use them." ~Cherríe L. Moraga, "From Inside the First World: On 9/11 and Women-of-Color Feminism," 2001


As we come to the last stage, we become aware of the fact that our civilization really does not harbor a concept of the whole of life, as do the civilizations of the East.... Western psychology has avoided looking at the range of the whole cycle. As our world-image is a one-way street to never ending progress interrupted only by small and big catastrophes, our lives are to be one-way streets to success — and sudden oblivion. ~Erik H. Erikson, "Human Strength and the Cycle of Generations," Insight and Responsibility, 1964


Old age is a lot of crossed off names in an address book. ~Ronald Blythe


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)


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)


In youth we are plagued by desire; in later years, by the desire to feel desire. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960



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


In youth study; in maturity compose; in old age correct. ~William Benton Clulow, Horæ Otiosæ, 1833


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


[I]n youth, a man fancies that there is a prodigious amount of happiness and pleasure to be had in the world, only that it is difficult to come by it; whereas, when he becomes old, he knows that there is nothing of the kind; he makes his mind completely at ease on the matter, enjoys the present hour as well as he can, and even takes a pleasure in trifles. ~Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


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


I saw the truth of pain behind an old man's wrinkled eyes today. ~Daniel


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



Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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


Wrinkles are Beauty's death-lines. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo


[M]any appear to best advantage in old age, when their character assumes a gentler tone, as becomes men who have seen the world and take life easily. ~Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


The wings of time unfurl from a child, lift him from murky waters and soar him over mountain tops, to cradle an old man's soul. ~Susan Longmore, May 2011 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


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


There are the leaders, of course, and the thinkers, who round out long productive lives in positions in which wisdom is of the essence and is of service. There are those who feel verified in a numerous and vigorous progeny. But they, too, eventually join the over-aged who are reduced to a narrowing space-time, in which only a few things, in their self-contained form, offer a last but firm whisper of confirmation. ~Erik H. Erikson, "Human Strength and the Cycle of Generations," Insight and Responsibility, 1964


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


But it is our duty, my young friends, to resist old age; to compensate for its defects by a watchful care; to fight against it as we would fight against disease; to adopt a regimen of health; to practice moderate exercise; and to take just enough of food and drink to restore our strength and not to overburden it. Nor, indeed, are we to give our attention solely to the body; much greater care is due to the mind and soul; for they, too, like lamps, grow dim with time, unless we keep them supplied with oil. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero



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,


The seven first years of life, (man's break of day)
Gleams of short sense, a dawn of thought display;
When fourteen springs have bloom'd his downy cheek,
His soft and blushful meanings learn to speak;
From twenty-one proud manhood takes it date,
Yet is not strength complete 'till twenty eight;
Thence to his five-and-thirtieth, life's gay fire
Sparkles, burns loud, and flames in fierce desire;
At forty-two, his eyes grave wisdom wear,
And the dark future dims him o'er with care;
On to the nine-and-fortieth, toils increase,
And busy hopes and fears disturb his peace;
At fifty-six, cool reason reigns entire,
Then life burns steady, and with temp'rate fire;
But sixty-three unbinds the body's strength,
E'er th' unwearied mind has run her length;
And when from seventy, age surveys her last,
Tir'd she stops short—and wishes all were past.
~Aaron Hill

All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. At first the infant, then the whining school-boy, then the lover, then a soldier, and then the justice, with eyes severe and beard of formal cut, full of wise saws. The sixth age, with spectacles on nose and his big manly voice, turning again toward childish treble, pipes and whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion. ~William Shakespeare,



      In the matter of the age divisions of mankind in general, likeness and comparison depends upon the order of the seven planets. The qualities of each of the ages are those which are naturally proper to the planet compared with it.—
      Infants & Toddlers:  For up to about the fourth year, the moon takes over the age of infancy: suppleness, lack of fixity in body, quick growth, changeability of condition, and the imperfection and inarticulate state of soul.
      Childhood:  In the following ten years of childhood, Mercury begins to articulate and fashion the intelligent and logical part of the soul, to implant certain seeds and rudiments of learning, and to bring to light individual peculiarities of character and faculties, awakening the soul.
      Teens:  Venus, taking charge in the third age, that of youth, for the next eight years, begins to inspire an impulse toward the embrace of love. A kind of frenzy enters the soul, desire for any chance sexual gratification, burning passion, guile, and the blindness of the impetuous lover.
      20s & 30s:  The lord of the middle sphere, the sun, takes over the fourth age, which is the middle one in order, young manhood, for the period of nineteen years, wherein he implants in the soul at length the mastery and direction of its actions, desire for substance, glory, and position, and a change from playful, ingenuous error to seriousness, decorum, and ambition.
      40s & 50s:  Mars, fifth in order, assumes command of manhood for the space of fifteen years. He introduces severity and misery into life, and implants cares and troubles in the soul and in the body, giving it, as it were, some sense and notion of passing its prime and urging it, before it approaches its end, by labor to accomplish something among its undertakings that is worthy of note.
      60s:  Jupiter, taking as his lot the elderly age, for twelve years, brings about the renunciation of manual labor, toil, turmoil, and dangerous activity, and in their place brings decorum, foresight, retirement, together with all-embracing deliberation, admonition, and consolation; he brings men to set store by honor, praise, and independence, accompanied by modesty and dignity.
      70s & Beyond:  Finally to Saturn falls as his lot old age, which lasts for the rest of life. Now the movements both of body and of soul are cooled and impeded in their impulses, enjoyments, desires, and speed; for the natural decline supervenes upon life.
      ~Claudius Ptolemy



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


May you live to be a hundred years
With one extra year to repent.
~Author unknown


The idea is to die young as late as possible. ~Ashley Montagu

Happy the man who dies before he prays for death. ~Publilius Syrus