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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


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




Two things you discover when you’re older and wiser, you’re not actually any wiser, and behind the wrinkles, you’re not any older, either. – Robert Brault


Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Leroy 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




Time, that sad destroyer of youth’s airy castles, seemed to have passed over them with a charmed wing. – Edward Parmele


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Study 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


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


….. 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


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








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. – Unknown


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




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


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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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, let


It’s sad to grow old, but nice to ripen. – Brigitte Bardot


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


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


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. – 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. – 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


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. – Francis Bacon


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


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


Middle age a stealthy, crafty nemesis. – Terri Guillemets




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


Gray locks, Nature’s flag of truce. – James Lendall Basford


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


Life is one long process of getting tired. – Samuel Butler


Don’t worry about avoiding temptation as you grow older, it starts avoiding you. – Unknown


Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man. – Leon Trotsky


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


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


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. – 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


Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. – Truman Capote


Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. – Unknown


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


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




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


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. – 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. – Unknown


Age is just a number. Mine is unlisted. – Unknown


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


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


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


You can’t reach old age by another man’s road. My habits protect my life but they would assassinate you. – Mark Twain




Whatever a man’s age, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright colored flower in his button hole. – Mark Twain


Age is a slowing down of everything except fear. – Mignon McLaughlin


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. – Unknown


Often, 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


Every season hath its pleasures:
Spring may boast her flowery prime,
Yet the vineyard’s ruby treasures
Brighten autumn’s soberer time.
So life’s year begins and closes;
Days, though shortening, 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


Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It’s more often a succession of jerks. – Jean Rhys


Morning is brightest when it is breaking,
Music is sweetest just at its waking,
Stars are most beautiful when first they glimmer,
Time renders all bright things colder and dimmer…
– Florence Percy


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






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. – Unknown


Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines. – Edward Young


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


Don’t get old, and don’t run with scissors. – J.L.W. Brooks


As we grow older, our capacity for enjoyment shrinks, but not our appetite for it. – Mignon McLaughlin


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


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


It’s hard to feel middle aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live? – Mignon McLaughlin


I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher. – Mark Twain


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




I am now old enough to no longer have a fear of dying young. – Bruce Ades


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


Middle age is when we can do just as much as ever but would rather not. – 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


The sun shines different ways in summer and winter. We shine different ways in the seasons of our lives. – Terri Guillemets


No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face…….
– John Donne


To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. – Oscar Wilde


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


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




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


No wise man ever wished to be younger. – Jonathan Swift


Don’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


Young women are lively, colorful flowers swaying carefree in the breeze. Mature women are part of the vital, nourishing landscape from which other beautiful flowers grow. – Terri Guillemets


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




With each passing year, the body turns more prison than shelter. – Terri Guillemets


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


Age attacks when we least expect it. – Terri Guillemets


May we keep a little of the fuel of youth to warm our body in old age. – Minna Thomas Antrim


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




People always fancy that we must become old to become wise; but, in truth, as years advance, it is hard to keep ourselves as wise as we were. Man becomes, indeed, in the different stages of his life, a different being; but he cannot say that he is a better one, and, in certain matters, he is as likely to be right in his twentieth, as in his sixtieth year.

We see the world one way from a plain, another way from the heights of a promontory, another from the glacier fields of the primary mountains. We see, from one of those points, a larger piece of the world than from the other; but that is all, and we cannot say that we see more truly from any one than from the rest. When a writer leaves monuments on the different steps of his life, it is chiefly important that he should have an innate foundation and good‑will; that he should, at each step, have seen and felt clearly, and that, without any secondary aims, he should have said distinctly and truly what has passed in his mind. Then will his writings, if they were right at the step where they originated, remain always right, however the writer may develop or alter himself in the after times.– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


At another year
I would not boggle
Except that when I jog
I joggle.
– Ogden Nash


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


Our best view of age is from a winter afternoon, between bare branches of the trees. – Terri Guillemets


Winter, which strips the leaves from around us, makes us see the distant regions they formerly concealed; so does old age rob us of our enjoyments, only to enlarge the prospect of eternity before us. – Jean Paul Friedrich Richter


My garden shall yet hang heavy with tardy bloom. I shall pluck the fig in its late ripeness. The sumac will crimson for me in the frost of the fall. I shall gather wild grapes in their empurpling, and come with wild hops torn from the tops of frost touched trees. I shall gather myself in great, ripe, yellow sheaves of me, in great clusters of maturity. – Muriel Strode


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


Young twigs will bend, but not old trees. – Dutch Proverb




Does age poison us, or do we poison age? – Terri Guillemets


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


One mellows almost without realizing it, a compensation of age, because anger is exhausting. – Robert Galbraith


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. – 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. – Unknown


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. – 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


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


At night, her age landed hard
like the fall of wasted time.
– Terri Guillemets


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


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


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


The 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


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


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


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


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


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. – Unknown


Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature. – Harold Coffin


My wrinkles are a playground of happy memories. – Terri Guillemets


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


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


But if thou wilt enjoy thy warm youth, not terrified by the ice pit of old age, which awaits thee in the background, and in which, under an ever increasing cold, thou wilt be preserved for a season, then look upon the glad today as a long youth, and upon the sad to‑morrow as a short old age. – Jean Paul Friedrich Richter


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


a seed, conceive
to sprout, we’re born
a leafy green new life
trunk and roots, further sunk
nourished, loved, great height
full, vibrant, ripe
moulting, colours, beauty
the crown of wit
autumnal slant of light
mellow, wilt, decay
bare branches, skeleton buds
frost without a fight
repose, accept, goodbye
– Terri Guillemets


Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old. – Jonathan Swift


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


The diseases of old age are the diseases of children grown old. – Martin H. Fischer


Teetering on the seat of life’s balance, between the long past and the unknown yet less infinite future, knowing it’s only going to tip in one direction, and more quickly than you ever expected that sense of vertigo, fear, excitement, and uncertainty, is middle age. – Terri Guillemets


The things that are young and fresh and buoyant, where are they?
Did I not use to sing at morn? Had I not gladness to greet the day? Where did I lay them down, and is it too far to go back?…
I am drained dry by the huge, blood sucking tentacles of being, but I shall yet be restored to the font of the juices of life. I have a right to be watered abundantly. I have a right to be green and living. – Muriel Strode


It well becomes a man who is no longer young to forget that he ever was. – Seigneur de Saint


every new gray hair
I can hear,
blurring vision
brings myopic fears
– Terri Guillemets


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


Age is like the latest version of a software, it has a bunch of great new features but you lost all the cool features the previous version had. – Terri Guillemets


In youth we are plagued by desire; in later years, by the desire to feel desire. – Mignon McLaughlin


Aging is an exponential clock, ticking in runaway years. – Terri Guillemets


When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil’s leavings. – Jonathan Swift


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


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


Age is a foreign land I can’t get used to. I want to go back home. – Terri Guillemets


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


Solitude and age
Social? Too lazy, sorry.
– Terri Guillemets


The lost leaves measure our years; they are gone as the days are gone. – Richard Jefferies


Age swallows our childhood. – Terri Guillemets


Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving. – 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


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


Age composes poems upon our faces,
with more meaning
and fewer rhymes
every passing year.
– Terri Guillemets


When I fall into old age, let it be not a drunkenly face, first stumble but rather a graceful autumn leaf drifting from the tree. – Terri Guillemets


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


I am suddenly ten years older than I was, it seems, one year ago… – Heidi Julavits


It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are. – Raymond A. Michel


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


The numbers of our pages
and chapters of our books
we fly quickly through ages
losing youth in crannies and nooks.
– Terri Guillemets


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. – Terri Guillemets


Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don’t recognize you. – Bennett Cerf


Getting old is like running with scissors. – J.L.W. Brooks


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


There is always some specific moment when we realize our youth is gone; but years after, we know it was much later. – Mignon McLaughlin


Age is a gradual steamrolling of youth. – Terri Guillemets


Wrinkles are Beauty’s death lines. – James Lendall Basford


How like a lovely autumn morning,
serene middle age
a sanctuary of mind, a chapel;
the age of faith on a deep foundation,
and the age of reason;
silver fellowships, libraries and deep reflection,
wine, liberty, a milder manifestation of the soul;
brilliance upon our lips, more profound, subtle;
the rich flame of the good life, how sweet
listening to the murmur of change.
– Terri Guillemets


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


Many 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


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


Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you are forced to. – Bill Vaughn


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


To the loved ones with snowy crowns, I bequeath the happiness of old age, the love and gratitude of their children until they fall asleep. – Unknown


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


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.
– Unknown




The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
– Christopher Morley




Anticipate the day as if it was your birthday and you are turning six again. – Mike Dolan




Inwardly, we’re much older than other girls our age. Even though I’m only fourteen… I feel I’m more of a person than a child… – Anne M. Frank


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




When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. – Unknown




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


Before thirty, men seek disease; after thirty, diseases seek men. – Chinese proverb


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




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


Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke? – Rita Rudner





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




The difference between a human being ten years of age and one fifty years of age lies altogether in the matter of toys. – Austin O’Malley


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


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


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




You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing. – Marie Stopes


I’m sixty years of age. That’s 16 Celsius. – George Carlin


He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. – Mary Wilson Little




This, I understand, is my birthday. I now enter upon my climacteric year sixty three…… Lord, help me to improve that short minute of time which yet remains. – Richard Illidge




I’m sixty five and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I’d only be fifty two. That’s the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty. – James Thurber, 1960




Retire? That’s ridiculous. What does it for you is to have something to get up for in the morning. Now, they say, you should retire at 70. When I was 70, I still had pimples. – George Burns, 1978




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




In a dream you are never eighty. – Anne Sexton


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at 20 or at 80. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly more valuable, regardless of physical capacity. – Henry Ford


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




When one has reached eighty one one likes to sit back and let the world turn by itself, without trying to push it. – Sean O’Casey




Eighty three, the cortex slack,
Excitatory processes eased to cinders
By Inhibition’s tweaking, callused fingers…
– Thomas Pynchon


I am in my eighty fourth year, but old age has not unnerved or shattered me. Neither the Senate nor the popular assembly nor my friends nor my followers nor my guests ever find my vigor wanting. I have never agreed with that ancient and much quoted proverb which advises: “Become old early if you would be old long.” I would rather be old for a shorter time than to be old too soon. – Cicero 




May you live to be a hundred years
With one extra year to repent.
– Unknown


In dog years, I’m dead. – Unknown


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


Young men may die, but old men must die. – English proverb


I have seen many things;
My soul is an old soul now;
My soul is tired.
Rulers of Life and Death,
I have lived many lives;
I should be fast asleep
Where my old gods dream white
With the souls I knew…
Rulers of Life and Death,
Let me go sleep!
– Margaret Widdemer


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




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