Quotations about Age 2

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, www.robertbrault.com

Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.  ~Author Unknown

Beautiful is old age—beautiful as the slow-dropping mellow autumn of a rich glorious summer. In the old man, Nature has fulfilled her work; she loads him with blessings; she fills him with the fruits of a well-spent life; and, surrounded by his children and his children's children, she rocks him softly away to a grave, to which he is followed with blessings. God forbid we should not call it beautiful. ~J.A. Froude

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

A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.  ~Jean Rostand

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.  ~Madeleine L'Engle

You're never too old.  Unfortunately, you're always too young to know it.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Youth disserves; middle age conserves; old age preserves.  ~Martin H. Fischer

One of the best parts of growing older?  You can flirt all you like since you've become harmless.  ~Liz Smith

Spiritual sloth, or acedia, was known as The Sin of the Middle Ages.  It's the sin of my middle age, too.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.  ~Emily Dickinson

In a dream you are never eighty.  ~Anne Sexton

Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.  ~François La Rochefoucauld

Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places.  ~Author Unknown

Middle age is youth without its levity, and age without decay.  ~Daniel Defoe

There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important.  ~Franklin P. Adams

Where did the time go?  Yesterday, I was a girl, and today, I suddenly find myself in the autumn of my years with the cold winds of winter breathing down my neck.  ~Peggy Toney Horton

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all things that make you want to live to be a hundred.  ~Allen

I don't do alcohol anymore - I get the same effect just standing up fast.  ~Author Unknown

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

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

Age is a prison from which we cannot escape.  ~Morrow Bourne

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, www.robertbrault.com

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.  ~Don Marquis

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

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clasp its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress.
~William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

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

Age is a slowing down of everything except fear.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.  ~H.L. Mencken

Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.  ~Author Unknown

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

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

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

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

At my age, you not only have bittersweet memories, you make bittersweet plans.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier.  ~Dan Bennett

I fear vastly more a futile, incompetent old age than I do any form of death.  ~William Allen White

Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.  ~Author Unknown

Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.  ~Edward Young, Night Thoughts

My younger passions are still listening, as I age.  ~Terri Guillemets

Don't let aging get you down.  It's too hard to get back up.  ~Attributed to John Wagner

As we grow older, our capacity for enjoyment shrinks, but not our appetite for it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them.  ~Arnold Palmer

You spend 90% of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last 10% trying to convince the Lord that you're actually not that tired.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

It's hard to feel middle-aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live?  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.  ~Jennifer Yane

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 seaons of our lives.  ~Terri Guillemets

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

Zeal, n.  A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced.  ~Ambrose Bierce

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.  ~Zora Neale Hurston

The elderly don't drive that badly; they're just the only ones with time to do the speed limit.  ~Jason Love

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

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

The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me.  I grow older.
~Li Po

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

Middle age:  The time when you'll do anything to feel better, except give up what is hurting you.  ~Robert Quillen

If youth but know,
And old age only could.
~Henri Estienne

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

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.  ~Mark Twain

The arctic loneliness of age.  ~S. Weir Mitchell

Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once.  ~Dave Barry, "Your Disintegrating Body," Dave Barry Turns 40, 1990

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

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

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

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

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

I am getting old and the sign of old age is that I begin to philosophize and ponder over problems which should not be my concern at all.  ~Jawaharlal Nehru

Sometimes age succeeds, sometimes it fails.  It depends on you.  ~Ravensara Noite

An old woman looks in a mirror, recalls a little girl with a rag doll, and wonders what became of the little girl. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

The best thing about getting old is that all those things you couldn't have when you were young you no longer want.  ~L.S. McCandless

I never felt that there was anything enviable in youth.  I cannot recall that any of us, as youths, admired our condition to excess or had a desire to prolong it.  ~Bernard Berenson

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

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

When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices.  ~Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

We thought we were running away from the grown-ups, and now we're the grown-ups.  ~Margaret Atwood

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

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

It well becomes a man who is no longer young to forget that he ever was.  ~Seigneur de Saint-Evremond, 1696

Age is like the newest version of a software - it has a bunch of great new features but you lost all the cool features the original version had.  ~Carrie Latet

Age swallows our childhood. ~Terri Guillemets

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

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

You get to an age when there are really just two reasons to get up in the morning - for goodness sake and for heaven's sake.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.  ~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711

They talk about the economy this year.  Hey, my hairline is in recession, my waistline is in inflation.  Altogether, I'm in a depression.  ~Rick Majerus

Few people know how to be old.  ~Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We are only young once.  That is all society can stand.  ~Bob Bowen

There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age.  ~Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

I am getting to an age when I can only enjoy the last sport left.  It is called hunting for your spectacles.  ~Edward Grey

The lost leaves measure our years; they are gone as the days are gone.  ~Richard Jefferies, The Life of the Fields, 1908

Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving.  ~Author Unknown

How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.  ~William Butler Yeats

I don't know how you feel about old age... but in my case I didn't even see it coming.  It hit me from the rear.  ~Phyllis Diller

Growing old is a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.  ~Andre Maurois

Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.  ~Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.  ~George Burns

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

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

The trick is growing up without growing old.  ~Casey Stengel

It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are.  ~Quoted by Raymond A. Michel in The Leaf

The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable.  I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis.  ~Leon Edel

The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face.  ~Jack Nicklaus

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.  ~Timothy Leary

It takes a long time to become young.  ~Pablo Picasso

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

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

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, to "Time! where didst thou those years inter, Which I have seene decease?" by William Habington

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're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.  Middle age is when you're forced to.  ~Bill Vaughn

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.  ~Kurt Vonnegut

To the loved ones with snowy crowns, I bequeath the happiness of old age, the love and gratitude of their children until they fall asleep.  ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Williston Fish

At sixteen I was stupid, confused and indecisive.  At twenty-five I was wise, self-confident, prepossessing and assertive.  At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive.  Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence?  ~Jules Feiffer

Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much.  ~Margaret Willour

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


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