Quotations about Age

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.  ~Maurice Chevalier, New York Times, 9 October 1960

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

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

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

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 had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened.  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An archeologist is the best husband any woman can have:  the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.  ~Agatha Christie, news summaries, 9 March 1954

Grandchildren don't make a man feel old; it's the knowledge that he's married to a grandmother.  ~G. Norman Collie

You can't hide your true colors as you approach the autumn of your life.  ~Author Unknown

I don't believe one grows older.  I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.  ~T.S. Eliot

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

It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle.  ~Author Unknown

When I can look Life in the eyes,
Grown calm and very coldly wise,
Life will have given me the Truth,
And taken in exchange - my youth.
~Sara Teasdale

Who does not wish to be beautiful, and clever, and rich, and to have back, in old age, the time spent trying to be any of them.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth's gravitational pull has become since 1990.  ~Dave Barry

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.  ~Quoted by Francis Bacon, Apothegm

To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.  ~Henri Amiel

We've put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it.  ~Frank A. Clark

First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down.  ~Leo Rosenberg

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

It is possible at any age to discover a lifelong desire you never knew you had.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day.  ~Marty Bucella

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.  ~Saint Aurelius Augustine

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest.  You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.  ~T.S. Eliot, quoted in Time, 23 October 1950

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

From forty to fifty a man must move upward, or the natural falling off in the vigor of life will carry him rapidly downward.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

You know you've reached middle age when a doctor, not a policeman, tells you to slow down, all you exercise are your prerogatives and it takes you longer to rest than to get tired.  ~Author Unknown

We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair.  ~Charles Lamb

It is autumn; not without
But within me is the cold.
Youth and spring are all about;
It is I that have grown old.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Autumn Within"

Life is one long process of getting tired.  ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks

Don't worry about avoiding temptation - as you grow older, it starts avoiding you.  ~Author Unknown

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.  ~Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein), Diary in Exile, 1935

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

The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained.  By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.  ~Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958

What this country needs is radicals who will stay that way regardless of the creeping years.  ~John Fischer

Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips.  ~Attributed to John Wagner

A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.  ~Oliver W. Holmes, Sr.

Old Time, who changes all below,
To wean men gently for the grave.
~Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

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

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.  ~Graham Greene

When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part.  When you're older, it's a straight part.  ~Laurence Olivier

As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative mathematics, I honestly do not know how old I am.  ~Erma Bombeck

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.  ~Ogden Nash

They say that age is all in your mind.  The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body.  ~Author Unknown

The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life.  "Why," I answered without a thought, "now."  ~David Grayson

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