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Results 1 - 25 of 65 Quotes and proverbs about age and ageing, such as: "As one grows older, one Age brings experience, and a good mind wisdom.

Older adults through the ages have encountered varying degrees of respect and inclusion in society. In ancient Rome, where living past 70 was a rarity, citizens respected their elders as a valuable resource. Roman philosopher Cicero affirmed this with, “For there is assuredly nothing dearer to a man than wisdom, and though age takes away all else, it undoubtedly brings us that.”

Today, aging is still considered a sign of experience and wisdom in many cultures across the planet. We bring you poignant proverbs and sayings about old age from some these people groups.

“Those who respect the elderly pave their own road toward success.”
– African proverb

The African continent has a rich heritage of passing down stories and beliefs from older adults to the younger, often in the form of oral storytelling. These oral traditions typically teach socially acceptable behaviors and values within families and entire communities. As this African proverb depicts, when you respect the elderly, you lay down a path toward honor and prosperity. A Central-African proverb from the Ntomba people advises that, “A youth that does not cultivate friendship with the elderly is like a tree without roots.”

“An elderly person at home [is like] a living golden treasure.”
– Chinese saying

In today’s increasingly Western-influenced China, many families still follow the Confucian tradition of respecting elders as the highest virtue. In traditional Chinese culture, the young through middle-aged receive little attention on their birthdays. Families celebrate decade birthdays starting at age 60. With each new decade reached comes an even bigger party and more significant celebratory gifts. In this way, an aging loved one is treated like a treasured gem.

“... the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.”
– Proverbs 20:29, New Living Translation

The Bible is replete with a number of references to valuing the wisdom and experience of older adults. King Solomon of ancient Israel is credited in 1 Kings 4:32 with writing 3,000 proverbs. His Proverbs 20 declaration about the stateliness of gray hair warms the hearts of seniors everywhere.

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made.”
Robert Browning

English poet and playwright Robert Browning extends an invitation to age well by viewing one’s final years as the best yet to be. He takes it a step further by declaring that our first seasons of life were actually made for enjoying our “last of life.” It’s as if Browning is saying, “Old age, game on!”

About the Author

An award-winning journalist who has documented stories in nearly 20 countries, Beth Lueders is an author, writer and speaker who frequently reports on diverse topics, including aging and health issues for both U.S. and international corporations.

From old chestnuts like “no pain, no gain” to sports wisdom like “the best offence is a good defence”, there seems to Proverbs have many names: they can be called axioms, old saws, sayings and adages. Aging gracefully.

Proverbs and Sayings About Old Age and Wisdom

age and wisdom proverbs

Bible verses about old age

Old age is a blessing from the Lord. We should never be afraid of aging. Christians have a responsibility to show kindness, respect, and to take care of the elderly. Yes we are to respect all people, but there is a certain type of respect that we give to the elderly unlike our own age group. There is a certain way we talk to them and give honor to them.

When living by the Word of God old age brings wisdom that is able to help and guide others in need. Old Christian men and women have a duty to help the younger generation.

I have learned a lot from elderly Christians. Sometimes all you want to hear is how God has worked in someone’s life and their different experiences.

Old aged people have been through many different hardship experiences that will help your walk of faith. They have made mistakes and they will help guide you so you don’t make the same mistakes. No matter what age Christians should never fear death.

We have confidence that we will be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our body may appear older, but our insides are being renewed daily. An elderly Christian never truly gets old. You only get old when you stop seeking the advancement of the kingdom of God.

You only get old when you cease building up others in Christ and turn to watching television all day. This is the sad truth for some elderly believers.

Many have lost their zeal for Christ and choose to live out their days in front of the television. Christ became perfection on your behalf and died for your iniquities. Life will never stop being all about Christ. Always remember that you’re still alive for a reason.



  • “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
  • “Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.” Dwight L. Moody
  • “Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.” – Benjamin Franklin.


What does the Bible say?

1. Ruth 4:15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

2. Isaiah 46:4 And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety.

3. Psalm 71:9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t forsake me now when my strength is failing.


Old people carry so much wisdom and they give great advice.

4. Job 12:12 Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.

5. 1 Kings 12:6 There were some older men who had helped Solomon make decisions when he was alive. So King Rehoboam asked these men what he should do. He said, “How do you think I should answer the people?”

6. Job 32:7  I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’


The godly continue to bear fruit and praise the Lord.

7. Psalm 92:12-14 But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”


Crown of glory.

8. Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is obtained by following a righteous path.

9. Proverbs 20:29 The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.


Even at an old age we must do God’s work. The advancement of God’s kingdom never stops.

10. Psalm 71:18-19 Now that I am old and my hair is gray, don’t leave me, God. I must tell the next generation about your power and greatness. God, your goodness reaches far above the skies. You have done wonderful things. God, there is no one like you.

11. Exodus 7:6-9 So Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded them. Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three when they made their demands to Pharaoh. Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Pharaoh will demand, ‘Show me a miracle.’ When he does this, say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharaoh, and it will become a serpent.'”


God still answers the prayers of the elderly.

12. Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.


Respect your elders.

13. 1 Timothy 5:1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers.

14. Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged and honor the elderly face-to-face. “Fear your God. I am the LORD.

15. Job 32:4 Because Elihu was the youngest one there, he had waited until everyone finished speaking.


God will work in all His children to conform them into the image of Christ until the end.

16. Philippians 1:6 For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

17. 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.



18. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Never ask “Why does the past seem so much better than now?”  because this question does not come from wisdom.



19. Isaiah 40:31 but those who keep waiting for the LORD will renew their strength. Then they’ll soar on wings like eagles; they’ll run and not grow weary; they’ll walk and not grow tired.”

20. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.

21. Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.



22. Genesis 24:1 Abraham was now a very old man, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.

23. Genesis 25:7-8 Abraham lived for 175 years, and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.

24. Deuteronomy 34:7 Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.

25. Philemon 1:9 I prefer to make my appeal on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an old man and now a prisoner of the Messiah Jesus.

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Age Proverbs

age and wisdom proverbs

When you think of Africa, do you think of dense forests and colorful costumes? A continent as culturally vibrant as Africa would also abound in age-old wisdom, don't you think? Many African countries rely on nature for livelihood; they have developed a unique insight into nature's laws. Read African proverbs to understand the profundities of nature. These African proverbs have been translated from various African languages: Swahili, Zulu, and Yoruba.

African Proverbs Translated From Swahili to English

  • A chicken's prayer doesn't affect a hawk.
  • The way a donkey expresses gratitude is by giving someone a bunch of kicks.
  • An envious person requires no reason to practice envy.
  • It's always good to save or invest for the future.
  • Hurry—haste has no blessing.
  • The water pot presses upon the small circular pad.
  • Effort will not counter faith.
  • The hen with baby chicks doesn't swallow the worm.
  • When elephants fight, the grass gets hurt.
  • I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger.
  • It is only a male elephant that can save another one from a pit.
  • A deaf ear is followed by death and an ear that listens is followed by blessings.

African Proverbs Translated From Yoruba to English

  • He who throws a stone in the market will hit his relative.
  • A person who stammers would eventually say "father".
  • One takes care of one's own: when a bachelor roasts yam, he shares it with his sheep.
  • When a king's palace burns down, the re-built palace is more beautiful.
  • A child lacks wisdom, and some say that what is important is that the child does not die; what kills more surely than lack of wisdom?
  • You are given some stew and you add water, you must be wiser than the cook.
  • One does not enter into the water and then run from the cold.
  • One does not fight to save another person's head only to have a kite carry one's own away.
  • One does not use a sword to kill a snail.
  • One gets bitten by a snake only once.
  • Whoever sees mucus in the nose of the king is the one who cleans it.

African Proverbs Translated From Zulu to English

  • No sun sets without its histories.
  • A tree is known by its fruit.
  • The groin pains in sympathy with the sore.
  • You are sharp on one side like a knife.
  • The wrong-headed fool, who refuses counsel, will come to grief.
  • The lead cow (the one in front) gets whipped the most.
  • Go and you will find a stone in the road that you can't get over or pass.
  • Hope does not kill; I shall live and get what I want one day.

When living by the Word of God old age brings wisdom that is able to help and Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is obtained by.

Age Sayings and Quotes

age and wisdom proverbs

D.E. Marvin, comp.  Curiosities in Proverbs.  
A good maxim is never out of season. (English).
A man because of his own likeness should learn this saying: “As rain to the parched field, so is meat to one oppressed with hunger.” (Sanskrit).
  Used in the Hitopadesa to enforce the truth as taught in the fable of “The Traveller and the Tiger.”
A man’s life is often builded on a proverb. (Hebrew).
  “There is hardly a mistake which in the course of our lives we have committed but some proverb, had we known and attended to its lesson, might have saved us from it.”—Archbishop Trench.
A proverb deceives not; the heavens fall not. (German).
        “The people’s voice the voice of God we call;
And what are proverbs but the people’s voice?
Coined first, and current made by common choice?
Then sure they must have weight and truth withal.”
A proverb is an ornament to language. (Persian).
  “Proverbs serve not only for ornament and delight, but also for active and civil use; as being the edge tools of speech which cut and penetrate the knots of business and affairs.”—Bacon.
  “Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind.”—W. R. Alger.
A proverb is the horse of conversation; when the conversation is lost (i.e., flags), a proverb revives it. Proverbs and conversation follow each other. (Yoruba—West African).
A proverb is to speech what salt is to food. (Arabic).
  “Language would be tolerable without spicy, epigrammatic sayings, and life could no doubt be carried on by means of plain language wholly bereft of ornament; but if we wish to relish language, if we wish to give it point and piquancy, and if we want to drive home a truth, to whip up the flagging attention of our listener, to point a moral or adorn a tale, we must flavour our speech with proverbs.”—John Christian.
  “Aphorism or maxim, let us remember that this wisdom of life is the true salt of literature; that those books, at least in prose, are most nourishing which are most richly stored with it; and that it is one of the great objects, apart from the mere acquisition of knowledge, which men ought to seek in the reading of books.”—John Morley.
A proverb lies not; its sense only deceives. (German).
        “Every proverb speaketh sooth
Dreams and omens mask the truth.”
As a thorn that goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. (Hebrew).
  “As a thorny staff that riseth up in the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.”—Lange’s Translation of Prov. xxvi:9.
As the country, so the proverb. (German).
  “A nation’s proverbs are as precious as its ballads, as useful and perhaps more instructive.”—(London Quarterly Review, July, 1868.)
  “The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs.”—Francis Bacon.
  “The proverbs of a nation furnish the index to its spirit and the results of its civilization.”—J. G. Holland.
  “Proverbs, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the institutions.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson.
A wise man who knows proverbs reconciles difficulties. (Yoruba—West African).
Don’t quote your proverb till you bring your ship into port. (Gaelic).
Good sayings are like pearls strung together. (Chinese).
He is the proverb of the age. (Persian).
  Applied to people of distinction, particularly to those who have become known because of the evil that they have done.
He reads us proverbs about the wolf. (Osmanli).
  That is he carries out his purpose by trickery and by direct assault.
If St. Swithin greets this year, the proverb says, the weather will be foul for forty days. (English).
  The Scotch rendering of this rhyme leaves out the words “this year.”
  St. Swithin’s day (July 15th) is observed as a festival day in honour of St. Swithin, Bishop of Winchester, England— 852–862.
It is a proverb: “Can he be a man if the personage be a vizier?” (Osmanli).
  Can he be a man who receives favours from a vizier? Will not the vizier require of him a subserviency that will deprive him of his manliness?
Proverbs are the children of experience. (English).
  “Proverbs are the daughters of daily experience.”(Dutch).
Proverbs are the lamps to words. (Arabian).
  “As naething helps our happiness mair than to have the mind made up wi’ right principles, I desire you, for the thriving and pleasure of you and yours, to use your een and lend your lugs to these guid auld saws, that shine wi’ wail’d sense, and will as lang as the world wags.”—Allan Ramsay.
Proverbs are the wisdom of the ages. (German).
  “Proverbs were anterior to books, and formed the wisdom of the vulgar, and in the earliest ages were the unwritten laws of morality.”—Isaac Disraeli.
  “Proverbs are the abridgments of wisdom.”—Joseph Joubert.
  “Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.”—William Temple.
  “Centuries have not worm-eaten the solidity of this ancient furniture of the mind.”—Isaac Disraeli.
  “Despise not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs, for of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how to serve great men with ease.”—Eccles. viii:8.
        “In ancient days, tradition says,
  When knowledge was much stinted—
When few could teach and fewer preach,
  And books were not yet printed—
What wise men thought, by prudence taught,
  They pithily expounded;
And proverbs sage, from age to age,
  In every mouth abounded.
O Blessings on the men of yore,
  Whom wisdom thus augmented,
And left a store of easy lore
  For human use invented.”
Blackwood’s Magazine, 1864.    
        “I said that I loved the wise proverb,
  Brief, simple, and deep;
For it I’d exchange the great poem
  That sends us to sleep.”
Bryan Waller Procter.    
Proverbs bear age and he who would do well may view himself in them as in a looking-glass. (Italian).
Proverbs lie on the lips of fools. (English).
Saith Solomon the wise, a good wife’s a good prize. (English).
Solomon made a book of proverbs, but a book of proverbs never made Solomon. (English).
The common sayings of the multitude are too true to be laughed at. (Welsh).
The popular proverb says, “One root of grass has one root of grass’s dew to nourish it,” and again it is said “Forest birds have no stored grain, but heaven and earth are broad.” (Chinese).
The fox has a hundred proverbs to tell about ninety-nine fowls. (Osmanli).
  Sometimes this saying is rendered, “The fox has a hundred proverbs; ninety-nine are about poultry,” the meaning being that men are most familiar with the proverbs that apply to matters with which they have had some experience.
The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a parable in the mouth of fools. (Hebrew).
  “Take away the legs of a lame man; and so—a proverb which is in the mouth of fools.”—Stuart’s Translation of Prov. xxvi:7.
The maxims of men disclose their hearts. (French).
  Maxims as distinguished from proverbs:
  The phrases most commonly used by men indicate their standards of morality and honour. Proverbs show the character of the nation or community, maxims the principles that govern the individual.
  “Many grubs never grow to butterflies; and a maxim is only a proverb in its caterpillar stage—a candidate for a wider sphere and larger flight than most are destined to attain.”—North British Review, February, 1858.
  “A man’s conversation is the mirror of his thoughts, so the maxims of a people may be considered as a medium which reflects with tolerable accuracy the existing state of their manners and ways of thinking.”—John Francis Davis.
The old saying long proved true shall never be believed. (Gaelic).
There are forty proverbs about the bear, and the forty are mere rubbish concerning him. (Osmanli).
There is no proverb which is not true. (English).
There is something wise in every proverb. (Arabian).
  Thomas Fuller said that a proverb “is much matter decocted into few words,” and that the few words were always counted to be “words of wisdom” and “dear to the true intellectual aristocracy of a nation,” is abundantly proved by their use and preservation.
“To the old cat,” says the proverb, “give a tender mouse.” (Italian).
We have many coarse proverbs but of good meaning. (German).
What flowers are to gardens, spices to food, gems to a garment, and stars to heaven; such are proverbs interwoven in speech. (Hebrew).
When a man makes a proverb he does not break it. (German).
When a poor man makes a proverb it does not spread. (Oji—West-African).
  Generally throughout Africa poverty is considered not so much a misfortune as a crime; hence the words of the destitute, no matter how wise, are unheeded.
When the occasion comes the proverb comes. (Oji—West-African).
Wise men mak’ proverbs and fools repeat them. (Scotch).
With the smooth-tongued it is proverbial that there is no fidelity. (Osmanli).

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