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  • All the best sands of my life are somehow getting into the wrong end of the hourglass. If I could only reverse it! Were it in my power to do so, would I?
  • I still think of myself as I was 25 years ago. Then I look in a mirror and see an old bastard and I realize it's me.
  • I recently turned 60. Practically a third of my life is over.
  • When you're forty, half of you belongs to the past — and when you're seventy, nearly all of you.
  • Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
  • Yet somehow our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.
  • Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.
    • Attributed to Maurice-Auguste Chevalier in James B. Simpson, Contemporary Quotations (1964), p. 295, citing The New York Times (Sunday, October 9, 1960); reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
  • As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.
    • Cicero, De Senectute (Of Old Age), book 5, section 15; reported in Herbert N. Couch, Cicero on the Art of Growing Old (1959), p. 21.
  • No one is so old that he does not think he could live another year.
  • "I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment."
  • Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite (Job 32:7-9).
  • Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man
  • A man is as old as he's feeling, a woman is as old as she looks.
  • If youth only knew; if only age could.
  • An old goat is never the more reverend for his beard.
  • Old age is not so fiery as youth, but when once provoked cannot be appeased.
  • To an old man any place that's warm is homeland.
  • When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
  • Old age deprives the intelligent man only of qualities useless to wisdom.
  • This increase in the life span and in the number of our senior citizens presents this Nation with increased opportunities: the opportunity to draw upon their skill and sagacity—and the opportunity to provide the respect and recognition they have earned. It is not enough for a great nation merely to have added new years to life—our objective must also be to add new life to those years.
    • John F. Kennedy, special message to the Congress on the needs of the nation’s senior citizens (February 21, 1963); in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963, p. 189.
  • En vieillissant, on devient plus fou et plus sage.
    As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
    • François de La Rochefoucauld, Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales (1655); translation by Edward M. Stack (1956), p. 26; reported in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
  • La vieillesse est un tyran qui défend, sur peine de la vie, tous les plaisirs de la jeunesse.
    Old age is a tyrant who forbids, upon pain of death, all the pleasures of youth.
  • Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and having people in them, acting. People you know, yet can't quite name.
  • I've changed my attitudes about what it means to age. Sometimes people decide it's their lot in life to be old, but people like Grandma bring color and excellence to their lives. That's what I've tried to do, too. I'm looking forward to the next stage.
    • Cloris Leachman, reported in Bill Adler, Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women (2001), p. 19.
  • Old age has its pleasures, which though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
  • Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.
    • André Maurois, The Art of Living (1940), chapter 8, p. 282–83, as translated by James Whitall.
  • Age imprints more wrinkles on the mind than it does on the face.
  • The real affliction of old age is remorse.
  • There are so few who can grow old with a good grace.
  • Old age is the most unexpected of things that can happen to a man.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 12-17.
  • It is always in season for old men to learn.
  • Weak withering age no rigid law forbids,
    With frugal nectar, smooth and slow with balm,
    The sapless habit daily to bedew,
    And give the hesitating wheels of life
    Gliblier to play.
    • John Armstrong, The Art of Preserving Health (1744), Book II, line 484.
  • What is it to grow old?
    Is it to lose the glory of the form,
    The lustre of the eye?
    Is it for Beauty to forego her wreath?
    Yes; but not this alone.
  • On one occasion some one put a very little wine into a wine cooler, and said that it was sixteen years old. "It is very small for its age," said Gnathæna.
  • Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
  • Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
  • Old age comes on apace to ravage all the clime.
  • An old man in a house is a good sign in a house.
    • Ascribed to Ben Syra (from the Hebrew).
  • Old age doth in sharp pains abound;
    We are belabored by the gout,
    Our blindness is a dark profound,
    Our deafness each one laughs about.
    Then reason's light with falling ray
    Doth but a trembling flicker cast.
    Honor to age, ye children pay!
    Alas! my fifty years are past!
  • By candle-light nobody would have taken you for above five-and-twenty.
  • What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
    What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow?
    To view each loved one blotted from life's page,
    And be alone on earth as I am now.
  • He has grown aged in this world of woe,
    In deeds, not years, piercing the depths of life.
    So that no wonder waits him.
  • Just as old age is creeping on apace,
    And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day,
    They kindly leave us, though not quite alone,
    But in good company—the gout or stone.
  • My days are in the yellow leaf;
    The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
    The worm, the canker, and the grief
    Are mine alone!
    • Lord Byron, On this day I complete my Thirty-sixth Year.
  • For oute of olde feldys, as men sey,
    Comyth al this newe corn
    from yere to yere;
    And out of olde bokis, in good fey,
    Comyth al this newe science that men lere.
  • I think every man is a fool or a physician at thirty years of age.
    • Dr. Cheyne.
  • Mature fieri senem, si diu velis esse senex.
    You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
    • Cicero, De Senectute, 10 (quoted as an "honoured proverb.").
  • The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth produce,
    But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use:
    So Age a mature mellowness doth set
    On the green promises of youthful heat.
  • His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
    • Deuteronomy, XXXIV. 7.
  • Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
  • The Disappointment of Manhood succeeds to the delusion of Youth; let us hope that the heritage of Old Age is not Despair.
  • No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace
    As I have seen in one Autumnal face.
    • John Donne, Ninth Elegy, To Lady Magdalen Herbert.
  • Fate seem'd to wind him up for fourscore years;
    Yet freshly ran he on ten winters more;
    Till like a clock worn put with eating time,
    The wheels of weary life at last stood still.
  • His hair just grizzled
    As in a green old age.
  • Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
    • Ecclesiasticus, IX. 10.
  • We do not count a man's years, until he has nothing else to count.
  • Remote from cities liv'd a Swain,
    Unvex'd with all the cares of gain;
    His head was silver'd o'er with age,
    And long experience made him sage.
    • John Gay, Fables (1727), Part I, The Shepherd and the Philosopher.
  • In a good old age.
    • Genesis, XV. 15.
  • Old and well stricken in age.
    • Genesis, XVIII. 11.
  • She may very well pass for forty-three,
    In the dusk with a light behind her.
  • Das Alter macht nicht kindisch, wie man spricht,
    Es findet uns nur noch als wahre Kinder.
    Age childish makes, they say, but 'tis not true;
    We're only genuine children still in Age's season.
  • Old age is courteous—no one more:
    For time after time he knocks at the door,
    But nobody says, "Walk in, sir, pray!"
    Yet turns he not from the door away,
    But lifts the latch, and enters with speed,
    And then they cry, "A cool one, indeed."
  • O blest retirement! friend to life's decline—
    Retreats from care, that never must be mine
    How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
    A youth of labour with an age of ease!
  • I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
  • They say women and music should never be dated.
  • Alike all ages: dames of ancient days
    Have led their children thro' the mirthful maze,
    And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore,
    Has frisk'd beneath the burthen of threescore.
  • Slow-consuming age.
    • Thomas Gray, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742), Stanza 9.
  • Struggle and turmoil, revel and brawl—
    Youth is the sign of them, one and all.
    A smoldering hearth and a silent stage—
    These are a type of the world of Age.
  • To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
  • You hear that boy laughing? You think he's all fun;
    But the angels laugh, too, at the good he has done.
    The children laugh loud as they troop to his call.
    And the poor man that knows him laughs loudest of all!
  • A green old age, unconscious of decays,
    That proves the hero born in better days.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book XXIII, line 925. Pope's translation.
  • When he's forsaken,
    Wither'd and shaken,
    What can an old man do but die?
  • Tempus abire tibi est, ne…
    Rideat et pulset lasciva decentius ætas.
    It is time for thee to be gone, lest the age more decent in its wantonness should laugh at thee and drive thee off the stage.
    • Horace, Epistles, Book II. 2. 215.
  • Boys must not have th' ambitious care of men,
    Nor men the weak anxieties of age.
    • Horace, Of the Art of Poetry, Wentworth Dillon's trans, line 212.
  • Seu me tranquilla senectus
    Exspectat, seu mors atris circumvolat alis.
    Either a peaceful old age awaits me, or death flies round me with black wings.
    • Horace, Satires, Book II. 1. 57.
  • Ladies, stock and tend your hive,
    Trifle not at thirty-five;
    For, howe'er we boast and strive,
    Life declines from thirty-five;
    He that ever hopes to thrive
    Must begin by thirty-five.
  • Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
    Till pitying Nature signs the last release,
    And bids afflicted worth retire to peace.
  • L'on craint la vieillesse, que l'on n'est pas sûr de pouvoir atteindre.
    We dread old age, which we are not sure of being able to attain.
  • L'on espère de vieillir, et l'on craint la vieillesse; c'est-à-dire, l'on aime la vie et l'on fuit la mort.
    We hope to grow old and we dread old age; that is to say, we love life and we flee from death.
  • How far the gulf-stream of our youth may flow
    Into the arctic regions of our lives,
    Where little else than life itself survives.
  • Whatever poet, orator, or sage
    May say of it, old age is still old age.
  • For 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.
  • And the bright faces of my young companions
    Are wrinkled like my own, or are no more.
  • The course of my long life hath reached at last,
    In fragile bark o'er a tempestuous sea,
    The common harbor, where must rendered be,
    Account of all the actions of the past.
  • Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.
  • What find you better or more honorable than age? Take the preeminence of it in everything;—in an old friend, in old wine, in an old pedigree.
  • When you try to conceal your wrinkles, Polla, with paste made from beans, you deceive yourself, not me. Let a defect, which is possibly but small, appear undisguised. A fault concealed is presumed to be great.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book III, Epistle 42.
  • Set is the sun of my years;
    And over a few poor ashes,
    I sit in my darkness and tears.
  • Old wood to burn! Old wine to drink! Old friends to trust! Old authors to read!—Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age appeared to be best in these four things.
    • Melchior, Floresta Española de Apothegmas o Sentencias, etc., II. 1. 20.
  • The ages roll
    Forward; and forward with them, draw my soul
    Into time's infinite sea.
    And to be glad, or sad, I care no more;
    But to have done, and to have been, before I cease to do and be.
    • Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), The Wanderer, Book IV, A Confession and Apology, Stanza 9.
  • So may'st thou live, till like ripe fruit thou drop
    Into thy mother's lap, or be with ease
    Gather'd, not harshly pluck'd, for death mature.
  • So Life's year begins and closes;
    Days, though short'ning, still can shine;
    What though youth gave love and roses,
    Age still leaves us friends and wine.
  • We age inevitably:
    The old joys fade and are gone:
    And at last comes equanimity and the flame burning clear.
  • Thyself no more deceive, thy youth hath fled.
    • Petrarch, To Laura in Death, Sonnet LXXXII.
  • Senex cum extemplo est, jam nec sentit, nec sapit;
    Ajunt solere eum rursum repuerascere.
    When a man reaches the last stage of life,—without senses or mentality—they say that he has grown a child again.
  • Why will you break the Sabbath of my days?
    Now sick alike of Envy and of Praise.
  • Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
    You've played, and loved, and ate, and drank your fill.
    Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age
    Comes tittering on, and shoves you from the stage.
  • Me let the tender office long engage
    To rock the cradle of reposing age;
    With lenient arts extend a mother's breath,
    Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death;
    Explore the thought, explain the asking eye!
    And keep awhile one parent from the sky.
  • His leaf also shall not wither.
    • Psalms I. 3.
  • The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
    • Psalms XC. 10.
  • So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
    • Psalms XC. 12.
  • Das Alter ist nicht trübe weil darin unsere Freuden, sondern weil unsere Hoffnungen aufhören.
    What makes old age so sad is, not that our joys but that our hopes cease.
  • Age has now
    Stamped with its signet that ingenuous brow.
  • O, roses for the flush of youth,
    And laurel for the perfect prime;
    But pluck an ivy branch for me,
    Grown old before my time.
  • I'm growing fonder of my staff;
    I'm growing dimmer in the eyes;
    I'm growing fainter in my laugh;
    I'm growing deeper in my sighs;
    I'm growing careless of my dress;
    I'm growing frugal of my gold;
    I'm growing wise; I'm growing,—yes,—
    I'm growing old.
    • Saxe, I'm Growing Old.
  • On his bold visage middle age
    Had slightly press'd its signet sage.
    • Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake (1810), Canto I, Part XXI. (1810).
  • Thus pleasures fade away;
    Youth, talents, beauty, thus decay,
    And leave us dark, forlorn, and gray.
    • Walter Scott, Marmion (1808), introduction to Canto II, Stanza 7.
  • Thus aged men, full loth and slow,
    The vanities of life forego,
    And count their youthful follies o'er,
    Till Memory lends her light no more.
  • Old friends are best. King James us'd to call for his Old Shoes, they were easiest for his Feet.
    • Selden, Table Talk, Friends.
  • Nihil turpius est, quam grandis natu senex, qui nullum aliud habet argumentum, quo se probet diu vixisse, præter ætatem.
    Nothing is more dishonourable than an old man, heavy with years, who has no other evidence of his having lived long except his age.
    • Seneca, De Tranquillitate, 3. 7.
  • Turpis et ridicula res est elementarius senex: juveni parandum, seni utendum est.
    An old man in his rudiments is a disgraceful object. It is for youth to acquire, and for age to apply.
    • Seneca, Epistolæ Ad Lucilium, XXXVI. 4.
  • Senectus insanabilis morbus est.
    Old age is an incurable disease.
    • Seneca, Epistolæ Ad Lucilium, CVIII. 29.
  • Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty;
    For in my youth I never did apply
    Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood;
    Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo
    The means of weakness and debility;
    Therefore my age is as a lusty winter,
    Frosty, but kindly.
  • All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
    Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
    And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
    Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
    Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
    Seeking the bubble reputation
    Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
    In fair round belly with good capon lined,
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances;
    And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
    With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing.
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It (c.1599-1600), Act II, scene 7, line 139. Same idea in Jean de Courcy—Le Chemin de Vaillance. Copy in British Museum, King's MSS. No. 14. E, II. See also Horace—Ars Poetica. 158. (Ages given as four). In the Mishna, the ages are given as 14, by Jehuda, son of Thema. In Plato's (spurious) Dialog. Axiochus, Socrates sums up human life.
  • Though now this grained face of mine be hid
    In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow,
    And all the conduits of my blood froze up,
    Yet hath my night of life some memory.
  • What should we speak of
    When we are old as you? When we shall hear
    The rain and wind beat dark December.
  • At your age,
    The hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble,
    And waits upon the judgment.
  • Pray, do not mock me:
    I am a very foolish fond old man,
    Fourscore and upward; not an hour more nor less,
    And, to deal plainly,
    I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
  • My way of life
    Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf,
    And that which should accompany old age,
    As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,
    I must not look to have; but, in their stead,
    Curses not loud, but deep, mouth-honor breath,
    Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.
  • "You are old, Father William," the young man cried,
    "The few locks which are left you are gray;
    You are hale, Father William,—a hearty old man:
    Now tell me the reason, I pray."
  • When an old gentleman waggles his head and says: "Ah, so I thought when I was your age," it is not thought an answer at all, if the young man retorts: "My venerable sir, so I shall most probably think when I am yours." And yet the one is as good as the other.
  • Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old.
  • I swear she's no chicken; she's on the wrong side of thirty, if she be a day.
  • Vetera extollimus recentium incuriosi.
    We extol ancient things, regardless of our own times.
    • Tacitus, Annales (AD 117), II. 88.
  • Vetera semper in laude, præsentia in fastidio.
    Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavour.
    • Tacitus, Dialogue de Oratoribus, 18.
  • An old man is twice a child.
    • John Taylor, The Old, Old, very Old Man (Thomas Parr).
  • O good gray head which all men knew.
  • Age too shines out: and, garrulous, recounts the feats of youth.
  • Annus enim octogesimus admonet me, ut sarcinas colligam, antequam proficiscare vita.
    For my eightieth year warns me to pack up my baggage before I leave life.
    • Varro, De Re Rustica, I, 1.
  • For Age with stealing steps
    Hath clawed me with his crutch.
    • Thomas Vaux, The Aged Lover renounceth Love. (Quoted in Hamlet, Act V, scene 1. Not in quartos).
  • Omnia fert ætas, animum quoque.
    Age carries all things away, even the mind.
    • Virgil, Eclogues (c. 37 BC), IX. 51.
  • Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation. Heaven has bounteously lengthened out your lives, that you might behold this joyous day.
    • Daniel Webster, Address at Laying the Corner-Stone of the Bunker Hill Monument (June 17, 1825).
  • Is not old wine wholesomest, old pippins toothsomest, old wood burn brightest, old linen wash whitest? Old soldiers, sweetheart, are surest, and old lovers are soundest.
  • Thus fares it still in our decay,
    And yet the wiser mind
    Mourns less for what age takes away
    Than what it leaves behind.
  • But an old age serene and bright,
    And lovely as a Lapland night,
    Shall lead thee to thy grave.
  • The monumental pomp of age
    Was with this goodly Personage;
    A stature undepressed in size,
    Unbent, which rather seemed to rise
    In open victory o'er the weight
    Of seventy years, to loftier height.

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)[edit]

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • An aged Christian with the snow of time on his head may remind us that those points of earth are whitest that are nearest heaven.
  • Thanks to that regular and temperate course of life I have ever lived, I am still capable of taking an active part in these public scenes of business. In fine, he who fills up every hour of his life in such kind of labors as those I have mentioned, will insensibly slide into old age without perceiving its arrival; and his powers, instead of being suddenly and prematurely extinguished, will gradually decline by the gentle and natural effect of accumulated years.
  • The day of life spent in honest and benevolent labor comes in hope to an evening calm and lovely; and though the sun declines, the shadows that he leaves behind are only to curtain the spirit unto rest.
  • It is not so bad a thing to grow old; it is only getting a little nearer home; a little nearer to immortal youth.
  • Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.
  • The second childhood of a saint is the early infancy of a happy immortality, as we believe.
  • The years of old age are stalls in the cathedral of life in which for aged men to sit and listen and meditate and be patient till the service is over, and in which they may get themselves ready to say "Amen" at the last, with all their hearts and souls and strength.
  • My God! my time is in Thine hands. Should it please Thee to lengthen my life, and complete, as Thou hast begun, the work of blanching my locks, grant me grace to wear them as a crown of unsullied honor.

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  • Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age appears to be best in four things, —- old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
  • I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can.
  • Growing old is no more than a bad habbit which a busy man has no time to form.
  • I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
  • The whole business of marshaling one's energies becomes more and more important as one grows older.
  • There are only three ages for women in Hollywood — Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.
  • To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
  • When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch.
  • When you become senile, you won't know it.
  • When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow loyal to situations and to types.
  • When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.
  • You will become a hypocrite, you'll become a liar. You'll try and paper up your own cracks... and that's what being an adult is all about. Then you have babies and... that's it. Sorry!
  • Your life only tips into old age if regrets begin to outnumber dreams.
    • Peter Baskerville
  • My secret to a long, healthy life is to always keep working. It keeps me busy and happy, and gives me a reason to stay alive.
    • Johannes Heesters (Dutch-German actor, singer, entertainer and media-personality, worlds oldest living performer).

Anonymous[edit]

  • Age before beauty.
  • Age brings wisdom, but pain brings understanding.
  • To be mature is to accept imperfections
    • Fortune cookie
  • Age is nothing but a number
    • Dove Chocolate Promise Message
  • There are no charms or medicine against old age.
    • Anonymous, quoted in The Journal of Negro History, Edited by Carter G. Woodson, Volume 1 Number 1 (1916).

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