aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~Doug Larson
is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Mark Twain
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
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
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
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.
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. ~Author Unknown
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
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.
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. ~Bob Hope
is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. ~Caryn Leschen
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.
Everyone is the age of their heart. ~Guatemalan Proverb
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
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.
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.
There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine. ~Logan
We are young only once, after that we need some other excuse. ~Author Unknown
key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible. ~Judith Regan
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
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
is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
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
The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed,
Lets in new light through chinks that time hath
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.
There is still no cure for the common birthday. ~John Glenn
Does age poison us,
or do we poison age? ~Astrid Alauda
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they
merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum
don't make a man feel old; it's the knowledge that he's married to a grandmother. ~G. Norman Collie
hide your true colours 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.
Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. ~Henry Wadsworth
It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle. ~Author Unknown
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.
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
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
know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
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
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.
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
is autumn; not without
But within me is the cold.
Youth and spring are all about;
It is I that have grown old.
Wadsworth Longfellow, "Autumn Within"
Life is one long process of getting tired. ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks
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,
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important.
~Franklin P. Adams
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
Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms they will not be
Coming back to.
Justice, "Men at Forty"
Age is a prison from which we cannot escape. ~Morrow Bourne
complain that the years fly past, but then I look in a mirror and see that very few of them actually got past. ~Robert
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.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
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
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
Age attacks when we least expect it. ~Carrie Latet
are always the same age inside. ~Gertrude Stein
Old age ain't no place for sissies. ~Bette Davis
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.
I fear vastly more a futile, incompetent old age than I do any form of death. ~William
Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines. ~Edward Young, Night
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
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
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
Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear;
'Tis but the funeral of the former year.
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,
Zeal, n. A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced.
The elderly don't drive that badly; they're just the only ones with time to do the speed limit.
It's a mere moment in a man's life between an All-Star Game and an Old-timers' Game. ~Vin Scully
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
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.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the
They hurt me. I grow older.
In dog years, I'm dead. ~Author Unknown
age: The time when you'll do anything to feel better, except give up what is hurting you. ~Robert Quillen
youth but know,
And old age only could.
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
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
true way to render age vigorous is to prolong the youth of the mind. ~Mortimer Collins
is as old as he's feeling,
A woman as old as she looks.
When the problem is
not so much resisting temptation as finding it, you may just be getting older. ~Author Unknown
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
age succeeds, sometimes it fails. It depends on you. ~Ravensara Noite
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
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
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
age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature. ~Harold Coffin
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
It well becomes
a man who is no longer young to forget that he ever was. ~Seigneur de Saint-Evremond, 1696
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
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
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
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
We are only young once. That is all society can stand.
There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age. ~Charles
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don't recognize you
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.
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
grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo
is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. ~Bill Vaughn
terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. ~Kurt Vonnegut
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?
Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much.
The idea is to die young as late as possible. ~Ashley Montagu