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We've heard so much about the horrors of aging, from the sudden onset of aches and pains to having senior moments. Plenty of myths about.

You might carry the accumulation of years in your body and on your face, but you can stay young at heart and not let the years weigh on your spirit. That’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen anyone do.

Take these quotes about growing old. They’ll encourage you to *really* live your life while you’re living it. It’s one of the wisest things you could ever do.

So many things are more important than your age. For instance… sights seen, wisdom gained, friendships made, the love of a growing family tree, this chance to be alive like you are.

40 Quotes about Growing Old to Help You Stay Young at Heart

1. “There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.” – Milan Jundera

2. “If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.” – James A. Garfield

3. “He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.” – Plato

4. “The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

5. “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” – Coco Chanel

6. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

7. “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

8. “Wrinkles merely mark where smiles have been.” – Mark Twain

9. “We are always the same age inside.” – Gertrude Stein

10. “Happiness in marriage is a moment by moment choice. A decision to love, forgive, grow and grow old together.” – Fawn Weaver

11. “Growing old with someone else is beautiful, but growing old while being true to yourself is divine.” – Dodinsky

12. “We don’t grow older, we grow riper.” – Pablo Picasso

13. “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

14. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

15. “I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.” – Virginia Woolf

16. “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau

17. “Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older.” – Louise Hay

18. “I am not young enough to know everything.” – J.M. Barrie

19. “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” – Walt Disney

20. “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Satchel Paige

21. “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka

22. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings

23. “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

24. “Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.” – Daniel Francois Esprit Auber

25. “As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

26. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

27. “We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.” – May Lamberton Becker

28. “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” – Robert Browning

29. “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” – Satchel Paige

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

31. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

32. “Strength and beauty are the blessings of youth; temperance, however, is the flower of old age.” – Democritus

33. “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” – Henri Bergson

32. “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan

35. “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis

36. “Nothing makes a woman look so old as trying desperately hard to look young.” – Coco Chanel

37. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

38. “The trick to aging gracefully is to enjoy it.” – Unknown

39. “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideas. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” – Samuel Ullman

40. “The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” – Max Lerner

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Tell me:

Which of these quotes about growing old is your favorite?

Tell me in the comments. I’d love to know!

Never stop growing, learning, playing, or saying “I love you.”

Love,

Jen

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“No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages
1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France
17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28
18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest
23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream."
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and 49 years old when he wrote "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote "The Hunger Games"
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote "The Cat in the Hat".
40) Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US
44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
45) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President”
― Pablo

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Welcome to my page of quotations about age, aging, and youth. Even though I've been collecting these since I was thirteen, I must admit that this page has grown quite a bit since my late thirties and early forties, when the subject suddenly became a lot more personal to me. If you are looking for quotes about specific ages — that is, years or decades of life — scroll down to the bottom third of the page "Specific Years of Age" which covers everything from early childhood to late life, with an emphasis on middle-age years. The "this many years old" quotes can be great for making birthday cards match the specific number of candles on the cake. Please enjoy the quotes, and I'll keep adding them as I tick-tock the years away reading (at arms' length) old books! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g


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 (Petrarch), letter, c.1366–1367, translated by Morris Bishop, 1966


The mind of man, his brain, and nerves, are a truer index of his age than the calendar... ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1822, quoted in Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author by Edward John Trelawny, 1878


How stunning are the changes which age makes in a man while he sleeps! ~Mark Twain, letter to William Dean Howells, 1887 August 22nd


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 (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, "Conversation IV: Spring-time on the Western Coast," 1850  [Lyulph speaking —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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, Samuel Brohl and Partner, 1877, translated from French (translator unspecified)


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, Lacon: or, Many Things in Few Words; Addressed to Those Who Think, 1820 (no. LXXVI)  [William Kitchiner later quoted this as "twenty years."—tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


If you would keep young: be cheerful, keep working, and love one another. ~Fanny J. Crosby  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


To remain always young, we need only do at every age what harmonises with it. ~Max Nordau (1849–1923), "The Art of Growing Old," How Women Love and Other Tales (Soul Analysis), translated from the German by an unnamed translator, 1896


I admit that I am an old man. I read my years in my mirror, others read them on my brow. ~Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch), letter, c.1366–1367, translated by Morris Bishop, 1966


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 (1829–1887), "In the Woods," c.1859


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Leroy "Satchel" Paige


Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ~Samuel Ullman


Age — A youthful old. ~Felix Gregory de Fontaine (1832–1896), A Cyclopedia of the Best Thoughts of Charles Dickens, 1872


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 (Petrarch), letter, c.1366–1367, translated by Morris Bishop, 1966


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, Following the Equator


Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!.... his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes. ~Charles Dickens


Time, that sad destroyer of youth's airy castles, seemed to have passed over them with a charmed wing. ~Edward Parmele, "A Leaf from Indian Island," 1840


There's a sore trial in middle life.... Hearts grow cold with care, and the life He gives, too often seems buried, because of the load of earthly thought above it; and then we appear to ourselves to live to this world, whilst the things of this world crowd upon us.... But where the will is stedfast, and sin withstood, the true life springs forth again as the earthly tabernacle decays. Old age is a blessed time. It gives us leisure to put off our earthly garments one by one, and dress ourselves for Heaven. ~Elizabeth Missing Sewell (1815–1906), The Experience of Life, 1852  [Spoken by Aunt Sarah. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


[S]tudy 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, "How to Keep Young," Health Magazine, October 1899


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, "October Violets," c.1872


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 (Petrarch), letter, c.1366–1367, translated by Morris Bishop, 1966


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


[A] 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, "How to Keep Young," Health Magazine, October 1899


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 (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


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. ~Author unknown


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


A man's age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man's age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell


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  [Also, "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." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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, "Mr. Disraeli's Lothair," 1870


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


Perhaps the greatest adventure in life is that period between the ignorance of knowledge and the knowledge of ignorance, called Middle Age. In the latitude of forty, human beings become human for the first time, and realise the impotence of being earnest. Having suffered the youthful pains of Age they enjoy the soothful pæans of agelessness.... They make up for the time lost in being young by being young, although no longer young. They are neither young nor old, callow nor sallow, foolish nor mulish, puerile nor senile, half-baked nor fully cooked. They pause in their flight, and for a moment call a strike against the tyrant Time. They are for the nonce as ageless as Julius Caesar's unformed thoughts and their emotions are as piquant as a pickled pin-cushion. Middle-age is neither muddle-age nor fuddle-age—it is the age of reason defying "reason"; the age when man sees himself as mothers see him; thin on top and plump beneath, slightly gone in wind and teeth, caring naught for looks or "lacks," out to show that "tacks is tacks." ~Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander (c.1890–1953), "The I.O.U.'s Have It," in The New Zealand Railways Magazine, 1931 June 1st


Everyone is the age of their heart. ~Guatemalan Proverb


There is always a lot to be thankful for, if you take the time to look. For example, I'm sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt. ~Author Unknown


Youth is a disease from which we all recover. ~Dorothy Fulheim


There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age — I missed it coming and going. ~J.B. Priestly


I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now. ~Author Unknown


Age is a high price to pay for maturity. ~Tom Stoppard


By the time I have money to burn, my fire will have burnt out. ~Author Unknown


There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine. ~Logan Pearsall Smith


We are young only once, after that we need some other excuse. ~Author Unknown


The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible. ~Judith Regan


The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. ~Mark Twain, letter to Edward Dimmit, 1901 July 19th


It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen. ~Brigitte Bardot


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


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


And never say you are too old. You do not say it now, perhaps; but by and by, when the hair grows gray and the eyes grow dim and the young despair comes to curse the old age, you will say: "It is too late for me." Never too late! Never too old! How old are you—thirty, fifty, eighty? What is that in immortality? ~Lyman Abbott, "Out of the Past," sermon preached in Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, Sunday evening, March 26, 1899


Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. ~Herbert Asquith


Old age is fifteen years older than I am. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left. ~Voltaire


There's no such thing as too late. That's why they invented death. ~From the movie Out to Sea


I was wrong to grow older. Pity. I was so happy as a child. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière


Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus


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. ~Author Unknown


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


It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle. ~Author 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, "Fellowship," Tablets, 1868


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


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 (Petrarch), letter, c.1366–1367, translated by Morris Bishop, 1966


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


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


Few people know how to be old. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)


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


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


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


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


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


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


Middle age — a stealthy, crafty nemesis. ~Terri Guillemets


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


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


Gray locks,—Nature's flag of truce. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


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


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


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


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


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 ("Maxine")


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy. I am just beginning to make some progress in the science, and I hope to disprove Young's theory that "as soon as we have found the key of life, it opes the gates of death." Every year strips us of at least one vain expectation, and teaches us to reckon some solid good in its stead. I never will believe that our youngest days are our happiest.... Childhood is only the beautiful and happy time in contemplation and retrospect: to the child it is full of deep sorrows, the meaning of which is unknown. Witness colic and whooping-cough and dread of ghosts, to say nothing of hell and Satan, and an offended Deity in the sky, who was angry when I wanted too much plum-cake. Then the sorrows of older persons, which children see but cannot understand, are worse than all. All this to prove that we are happier than when we were seven years old, and that we shall be happier when we are forty than we are now, which I call a comfortable doctrine, and one worth trying to believe! ~Mary Ann Evans, letter to Sara Hennell, May 1844  [a.k.a. George Eliot —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Like 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 Capote


Never use the passing years as an excuse for old age. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician. ~Author Unknown


Beautiful is old age—beautiful as the slow-dropping mellow autumn of a rich glorious summer. In the old man, Nature has fulfilled her work; she loads him with blessings; she fills him with the fruits of a well-spent life; and, surrounded by his children and his children's children, she rocks him softly away to a grave, to which he is followed with blessings. God forbid we should not call it beautiful. ~J.A. Froude


We try to achieve beauty by covering up all traces of age and end up looking like we tried to achieve youth by covering up all traces of beauty. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


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, letter to Robert Wilmot-Horton, 1836 February 8th


You're never too old. Unfortunately, you're always too young to know it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Youth disserves; middle age conserves; old age preserves. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


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


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. ~Author 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. ~Author Unknown


Strive as I will, I cannot keep my ship from drifting either toward God or toward death. I would like to find again the current of life, forget my age, but it is impossible: the estuary is too wide and already has some of the characteristics of the ocean. I can see the shores only through a veil of mist. What I still have in common with other men are the seasons, the transition from one to the other, to which I have always so keenly responded. It is the familiar current that I must find again by opening the books I have loved, and thus, in regard to them, pursue a meditation that is peaceful and down to earth. ~François Mauriac (1885–1970), "Man and Nature, and Art, and what it should be," Nouveaux Mémoires Intérieurs, 1965, translated from the French by Herma Briffault, The Inner Presence: Recollections of My Spiritual Life, 1968


Age is just a number. Mine is unlisted. ~Author 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, Sailing to Byzantium


You can't reach old age by another man's road. My habits protect my life but they would assassinate you. ~Mark Twain, seventieth birthday speech, 1905


The loose-leaf binder of Mother's letters sat on the kitchen table... she opened the binder.... "My darling daughter, I miss you when I'm away and maybe you don't know that. I miss you listening to me, for one thing.... You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories." ~Garrison Keillor, Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon, 2007  [Okay, I'm just going to throw in a crazy side note here, because it's my site and I can. The typeface for the dropcaps in this book is really cute! Kinda fancy and yet fun at the same time. As Brick on The Middle says, "I'm a sucker for a good font."—tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Whatever a man's age, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-colored flower in his button-hole. ~Mark Twain, The American Claimant


That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day,
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by-and-by black night doth take away...
~William Shakespeare


Age is a slowing down of everything except fear. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


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. ~Author Unknown


[O]ften, 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, "Empowerment Through Libraries," November 2013, LA Weekly


I look back on the time I've wasted, and I'm just glad I wasted it while I still had the chance. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Ev'ry season hath its pleasures:
Spring may boast her flow'ry prime,
Yet the vineyard's ruby treasures
Brighten autumn's sob'rer time.
So life's year begins and closes;
Days, though short'ning, 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, "Spring and Autumn"


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 (Elizabeth Anne Chase Akers Allen, 1832–1911), "A Lullaby," Forest Buds, from the Woods of Maine, 1855


The brain forgets much, but the lower back remembers everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


The relentless punctuality, the unwearied urgency, of old Time.... The slow whitening and thinning of the hair; the gradual incision of wrinkles; the queer antics of the sight, which holds the newspaper at farther and farther removes, until at last it is forced to succumb to glasses; the abated pace in walking; the dexterous avoidance of stone walls in country rambles; the harmless frauds lurking in the expressed reasons for frequent pauses in climbing a hill to turn and see the landscape... the general and gradual adjustment to greater repose: all these surely are adequate reminders and signs of the sovereignty of Time. ~George William Curtis, "Editor's Easy Chair" ("The New Year"), Harper's New Monthly Magazine, January 1887


Old age ain't no place for sissies. ~Bette Davis


At my age, you not only have bittersweet memories, you make bittersweet plans. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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. ~Author Unknown


Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines. ~Edward Young, Night Thoughts


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, "Sixty-eight," 2017


As we grow older, our capacity for enjoyment shrinks, but not our appetite for it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them. ~Arnold Palmer


Aging—
grayer shores,
calmer deeper waters
~Terri Guillemets, "Pearl grey," 2013


Age transfigures, or petrifies. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


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, letter to Joe Goodman, April 1891


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


I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher. ~Mark Twain, a Biography


So, as the season was autumnal and the trees were turning brown, I chose a strictly appropriate sentence to be commented upon, "We all do fade as a leaf." It was to be a serious, reflective, almost sentimental discourse, upon the approach of age, the mellowness and beauty of the ripening fruit of experience, the kindly wisdom which was to make up for the cruder joys of youth... ~Adeline Sergeant, The Story of a Penitent Soul: Being the Private Papers of Mr. Stephen Dart, Late Minister at Lynnbridge in the County of Lincoln, 1892


They're not gray hairs. They're wisdom highlights. ~Author unknown


Tired?... The body has forgotten to be tired, under the supreme weariness of the soul. It is the soul which is tired. It is the soul whose wings have been broken beneath the wheel. Once they could have flown into the white light,—soared to the stars, now... now I am old. ~Virginia Woodward Cloud, "The Eleventh Hour," Dixie, August 1899


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


"Ah," he murmured, "it was ever my prayer, 'Lord, let me grow old in body, but let my soul stay young; let my voice quaver and falter, but never my hope.' And this is how I end." ~Israel Zangwill, Dreamers of the Ghetto, "From a Mattress Grave," 1897  [character Heinrich Heine speaking—tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


I am now old enough to no longer have a fear of dying young. ~Bruce Ades, c.1990


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 (Petrarch), letter, c.1366–1367, translated by Morris Bishop, 1966


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


Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear;
'Tis but the funeral of the former year.
~Alexander Pope


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, "Elegy IX: The Autumnal"


Love, benevolence, gratitude, and hope enrich the heart, energize the mind, and reanimate the body. Hatred, envy, revenge, and despair impoverish, enfeeble, and depress. Mental and moral hygiene—a cheerful spirit and the employment of every waking moment in work, study, recreation and social intercourse will keep us young and sweet and attractive in spite of furrowed cheeks and faltering footsteps; but an irritable fretful disposition will stamp premature age on mind and heart, and defy all the power of mere physical hygiene. ~W.J. Hunter, "How to Keep Young," Health Magazine, October 1899  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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, 1891


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 (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


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


[H]e drew towards his premature old age, childless and lonely,—like the needle which, approaching within a certain distance of the pole, becomes helpless and useless, and, ceasing to tremble, rusts. ~Lord Byron, about Alexander Pope


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


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


[D]on'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, as quoted by Hesketh Pearson ("Sir Herbert Tree," Modern Men and Mummers)


There's this youth culture that is really, really powerful and really, really strong, but what it does is it really discards people once they reach a certain age. I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting — women, especially — when they reach my age. We've got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we've got wrinkles, or whether we've put on weight or lost weight, or whether we've changed our hair style. I just find that so shallow. ~Annie Lennox, interview with Chris Azzopardi, September 2014


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, "Early autumn light," 2017


You know you've lived a few years when you start having your second thoughts first. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


I admire and respect those unique and positive individuals who can "age without aging." The number of times a heart beats is not as important as its tempo and rhythm. ~Craig D. Slovak


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, "To Harder Times," A Book of Toasts, 1902


So scared of getting older
I'm only good at being young...
~John Mayer, "Stop This Train," Continuum, 2006 ♫


[T]here is this value about the colour that men call colourless; that it suggests in some way the mixed and troubled averages of existence, especially in its quality of strife and expectation and promise. Grey is a colour that always seems on the eve of changing to some other colour; of brightening into blue or blanching into white or bursting into green and gold. So we may be perpetually reminded of the indefinite hope that is in doubt itself; and when there is grey weather in our hills or grey hairs in our heads, perhaps they may still remind us of the morning. ~G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions, "The Glory of Grey"


It's a mere moment in a man's life between an All-Star Game and an Old-timers' Game. ~Vin Scully


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, Prenticeana, 1860


      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, "Birthday on the Beach"


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  [When I wrote this, I had in mind seeing the bare past to which we cannot return. About a year later, I came across the below Jean Paul quotation which has similar imagery yet refers to being able to see the fullness of the future. Don't I just feel so much like a pessimist now‽ Beautiful work, Richter. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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 (1763–1825)


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 (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XXIX," A Soul's Faring, 1921


"'Tis not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart," answered De Mauléon, in another paraphrase of Italian proverb... ~Edward Bulwer, The Parisians, 1872


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, "3PM Sunbeams, Palms Blowing in Winter Wind," 2015


Young twigs will bend, but not old trees. ~Dutch Proverb  [Quoted in Woordenboek der Nederduitsche en Fransche Taalen / Dictionnaire Flamand & François, Halma & van Poolsum, c.1710 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


For young Twigs will bend with most Ease, before they grow stubborn or stiff-neck'd: And we ought to begin early to lay the Foundation of Learning, Knowledge, and Vertue, in the Morning of our Lives; for we are hardly safe from Corruption in our Nurse's Arms. ~Oswald Dykes, c.1713  [A reflection on the English proverb "That which is bred in the Bone, will never out of the Flesh."—tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


'Tis Education forms the common mind,
Just as the Twig is bent, the Tree's inclin'd.
~Alexander Pope (1688–1744)


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, "Poetic Musings, Addressed to a Lady," 1840


The arctic loneliness of age. ~S. Weir Mitchell


The problem with trying to disguise our age to preserve our youth is that our age is so often better looking. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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, "Death," A Universal Prayer; Death; A Vision of Heaven; and A Vision of Hell; &c. &c., 1829


One mellows almost without realizing it—a compensation of age, because anger is exhausting. ~Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm, 2014


The true way to render age vigorous is to prolong the youth of the mind. ~Mortimer Collins


[Y]ou're in pretty good shape
for the shape you are in!
~Dr. Seuss, You're Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete Children, 1986


When the problem is not so much resisting temptation as finding it, you may just be getting older. ~Author unknown


A man is as old as he's feeling,
A woman as old as she looks.
~Mortimer Collins


Seated on a Chippendale chair and writing on a portable typewriter with three fingers of each hand ("most amateur typists can only use two," she says proudly), she takes from six weeks to three months to produce a whodunit. She is still capable of producing two a year and has based four of them on the archaeological work which is now her chief interest. But "I don't think I dare do it again," she says, "or my husband will think I am neglecting my official duties." Agatha Christie would be the last person to want to make trouble of this kind because she rates domestic happiness far higher than literary success, and she is fond of quoting the witty wife who once said, "An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." ~Nigel Dennis, "Genteel Queen of Crime: Whodunit Writer Agatha Christie Puts Her Zest for Life into Murder," LIFE, 1956 May 14th  ["She asked him why he hadn't got married yet, and Richard said he didn't think he was the marrying kind, to which Mrs. Clayton said briskly: 'Nonsense.' Archaeologists, she said, made splendid husbands,—and were there any young women coming out to the Dig this season?" ~Agatha Christie, They Came to Baghdad, 1951 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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


The years sprint, sail, drift, fly —
Days melt into sleep
Decades we no longer know —
By taste or smell, yes — but
Hard, fast memories tend not to keep
Youth lives on — yet, is long gone
Birds chirp each Spring anew
But our hearts sing the same shades
Of childhood colors we once knew
~Terri Guillemets, "Iridescent"


Nobody is too old for fairy tales. ~Author unknown


'Tis well to give honour and glory to age,
With its lessons of wisdom and truth;
Yet who would not go back to the fanciful page,
And the fairy tale read but in youth?
~Eliza Cook, "Stanzas," Melaia, and Other Poems, 1840


An old woman looks in a mirror, recalls a little girl with a rag doll, and wonders what became of the little girl. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


He dreaded the inexorable mirror, and yet self-torturing curiosity impelled him to inspect his face with the keen observation of a Holbein. Not even the least deterioration in his appearance escaped his search and scrutiny. He perceived and examined all the ravages which life had made in his exterior: the lines crossing the brow, the little wrinkles extending from the corners of the eyes towards the temples, the deep ones, as well as those which seemed, as it were, lightly sketched with a faint stroke... the flabbiness of the narrow strip of skin between the edge of the beard and the ears.... He counted the white hairs already visible on the temples—he pulled out the ones in the moustache—let the sunbeams play over his hair and, turning and bending his head, saw that it was growing thinner and, from the brow to the crown, showed the smooth scalp shining through. ~Max Nordau (1849–1923), "The Art of Growing Old," How Women Love and Other Tales (Soul Analysis), translated from the German by an unnamed translator, 1896


I complain that the years fly past, but then I look in a mirror and see that very few of them actually got past. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


Poetry allows my soul to age gracefully,
my mind to land softly amongst the new gray hairs—
without it I'd have thunked into my 40s with tail bone & funny bone broken.
~Terri Guillemets, "Only bruises," 2015


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 (1885–1970), "Man and Nature, and Art, and what it should be," Nouveaux Mémoires Intérieurs, 1965, translated from the French by Herma Briffault, The Inner Presence: Recollections of My Spiritual Life, 1968


Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work. ~Author 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, The Kingmakers, "Chapter XIX: Selden Takes an Inventory," 1922


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, "Midlife nights," 2018, blackout poetry created from Danielle Steel, Fairy Tale, 2017, page 118


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, "Age and Death," Afterthoughts, 1931


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 (1884–1978), "The Two Dyings," 1913


The pain of watching a parent age is unlike any other.... But in the end, well — it's simply life. ~NCIS, "Better Angels" (S11, E7, 2013), written by Gina Lucita Monreal, spoken by the character Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard


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


[T]he 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, Exit Ghost, 2007


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, "An Essay on an Old Subject"


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, "An Essay on an Old Subject"


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, "An Essay on an Old Subject"


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, "An Essay on an Old Subject"


There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine. ~P.G. Wodehouse


forty years
older and wiser
memories of love
I breathe the air
of childhood
and exhale miracles
~Terri Guillemets, "Wingspan," 2019, blackout poetry created from Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember, 1999, page 240


Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. ~Author Unknown


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


I wanted to write what was never told to me as a young woman: that one's world and the possibilities for it — be it a change of heart or a change of address — look very different when one is no longer young. I am no longer young. Neither am I old, but soon enough old age will come.... We are born and die within a particular epoch and within that era we may affect, through small or grand acts of courage, whatever changes we can upon this pitiful planet. Maybe to the young ones, I simply want to say, "Work tirelessly when your bodies do not yet ache at night. Do not waste your lives, your good health, strong bones, and resilient muscles. Use them." ~Cherríe L. Moraga, "From Inside the First World: On 9/11 and Women-of-Color Feminism," 2001


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, "Human Strength and the Cycle of Generations," Insight and Responsibility, 1964


Age —
American women
You should just let it go
Free your energy on joy
~Terri Guillemets, 2018, blackout poetry created from Danielle Steel, Fairy Tale, 2017, page 45


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 to‑day as a long youth, and upon the sad to‑morrow as a short old age. ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763–1825), Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces: or, The Married Life, Death, and Wedding of The Advocate of the Poor, Firmian Stanislaus Siebenkäs, 1796, translated from the German by Edward Henry Noel, 1845


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, "Springfall," 2017


Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old. ~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711


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, "Lost Feelings," March 1828


The diseases of old age are the diseases of children grown old. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


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 (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XXI," A Soul's Faring, 1921


You spend the first two-thirds of your life asking to be left alone and the last third not having to ask. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


It well becomes a man who is no longer young to forget that he ever was. ~Seigneur de Saint-Evremond, 1696


every new gray hair
I can hear,
blurring vision
brings myopic fears
~Terri Guillemets, "Hyperaware moments, heedless years," 2016


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, "We Do Not Grow Old" (1940s)


Do I forget how to be glad, how to feel the sun and the grasses, how to romp with the winds and laugh with the trees?... Does the clamoring sky find friend in me? I come heavy, like barnacled ships. No longer lithe and light, but with the sediment of life set in.... I will leave it there where it pulled me down, the heavy accretion of the years. I will renew the instinct that once would have soared, that would have winged its way to the sky.... The iron woman shall be returned to the filigree silver.... I am an antidote even to myself. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: LXVII," A Soul's Faring, 1921


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, "Thirties and beyond," 2006


In youth we are plagued by desire; in later years, by the desire to feel desire. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Aging is an exponential clock — ticking in runaway years. ~Terri Guillemets


You get to an age when there are really just two reasons to get up in the morning — for goodness sake and for heaven's sake. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


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, Horæ Otiosæ, 1833


You get up one day, young,
make a quick sandwich,
throw back a cold beer,
then BAM — you're old
                    — just like that!
~Terri Guillemets


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


There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age. ~Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve


Age is a foreign land I can't get used to. I want to go back home. ~Terri Guillemets, "Sound of winter leaves at night," 2014


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 hermiting of middle age," 2018, blackout poetry created from Danielle Steel, Fairy Tale, 2017, page 79  #infj


The lost leaves measure our years; they are gone as the days are gone. ~Richard Jefferies, The Life of the Fields, 1908


Age swallows our childhood. ~Terri Guillemets


[I]n youth, a man fancies that there is a prodigious amount of happiness and pleasure to be had in the world, only that it is difficult to come by it; whereas, when he becomes old, he knows that there is nothing of the kind; he makes his mind completely at ease on the matter, enjoys the present hour as well as he can, and even takes a pleasure in trifles. ~Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


Aging is millions of moments
stacked upon tumbling years
~Terri Guillemets, "Precarious," 2019


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


Her smiling girl-heart danced
behind the grey, grey hair.
~Terri Guillemets, "Girl-heart," 2019, scrambled blackout poetry created from Enid Bagnold, National Velvet, 1935, pages 125–126


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, Coningsby


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, @blindedpoet


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


Do I weep then that dreams are flown, strength gone, and youth dead? Do I mourn that,—rent and weatherbeaten,—I lie a dingy wreck upon a stagnant shore? ~Malheureuse, "Four For a Cent," in The Overland Monthly, January 1893


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, The Folded Clock: A Diary, 2015


It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are. ~Quoted by Raymond A. Michel in The Leaf


The years pile up and hide under a new exterior... ~Terri Guillemets, "Aging inside & out," 2014, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 73


There was a time when life had the look of a smooth, unbroken, virgin prairie, the look of a slim girl, but now it has the deep lines of life, of child-bearing, of much parturition. It is heavy and seamed with living, like soil with the marks of the share. It has the look of much bringing forth, the mother-look of much brooding and attendant care. It is no longer youth with the maiden look in its eyes — it is maturity bearing its pack. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: LXVI," A Soul's Faring, 1921


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


I think that, from a biological standpoint, human life almost reads like a poem. It has its own rhythm and beat, its internal cycles of growth and decay. It begins with innocent childhood, followed by awkward adolescence trying awkwardly to adapt itself to mature society, with its young passions and follies, its ideals and ambitions; then it reaches a manhood of intense activities, profiting from experience and learning more about society and human nature; at middle age, there is a slight easing of tension, a mellowing of character like the ripening of fruit or the mellowing of good wine, and the gradual acquiring of a more tolerant, more cynical and at the same time a kindlier view of life; then in the sunset of our life, the endocrine glands decrease their activity, and if we have a true philosophy of old age and have ordered our life pattern according to it, it is for us the age of peace and security and leisure and contentment; finally, life flickers out and one goes into eternal sleep, never to wake up again. One should be able to sense the beauty of this rhythm of life, to appreciate, as we do in grand symphonies, its main theme, its strains of conflict and the final resolution. ~Lin Yutang, "Human Life a Poem," The Importance of Living, 1937


No one can say that a life with childhood, manhood and old age is not a beautiful arrangement; the day has its morning, noon and sunset, and the year has its seasons, and it is good that it is so. There is no good or bad in life, except what is good according to its own season. And if we take this biological view of life and try to live according to the seasons, no one but a conceited fool or an impossible idealist can deny that human life can be lived like a poem. ~Lin Yutang, "Human Life a Poem," The Importance of Living, 1937


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


In the bright dawn of our youthful days, the poetry of life spreads out a gorgeous vision before us, and we torture ourselves by longing to see it realised. We might as well wish to grasp the rainbow!... If the chief feature of the earlier half of life is a never-satisfied longing after happiness, the later half is characterised by the dread of misfortune. For, as we advance in years, it becomes in a greater or less degree clear that all happiness is chimærical in its nature.... Accordingly, in later years, we, or, at least, the more prudent amongst us, are more intent upon eliminating what is painful from our lives and making our position security, than on the pursuit of positive pleasure. I may observe, by the way, that in old age we are better able to prevent misfortunes from coming, and in youth better able to bear them when they come. ~Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


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


Under perfect conditions of constitution, climate, food, occupations and habits of life, the periods of youth could be greatly prolonged, the decrepitude of age entirely avoided; and like an apple ripe and mellow, man would drop from the tree of life without a struggle or a groan. But it is painfully obvious in this age of artificial life, if not of dissipation and debauchery, the great majority of people are born with organizations incapable of manifesting the phenomena of life for more than sixty or seventy years. ~W.J. Hunter, "How to Keep Young," Health Magazine, October 1899


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 ["Time! where didst thou those years inter, Which I have seene decease?" ~William Habington –tg]


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, "Hospital," 2017


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-Smith


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


Age is a gradual steamrolling of youth. ~Terri Guillemets, "Pressed flowers are still pretty," 2003


Wrinkles are Beauty's death-lines. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


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, "Ode to middle age," 2019, blackout poetry created from Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929, pages 11–16


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


[M]any 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 (1788–1860), "The Ages of Life," Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1891


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, May 2011 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


The periods of middle and old age are perhaps the finest, in some of the most important respects, through life. We dwell upon this the more, because we notice that too many of the tendencies of American city life so destroy the chances for this middle and old perfection, that it seems to have gone out of mind. No one seems to understand that there is attainable a high flush condition of stamina, strength, vigor, personality, clearness and manly beauty and love-power, thoroughly sustained many years, in perfect specimens of trained health, through middle and old age, towering in its ripeness and completeness, till it rivals and fully equals the best and handsomest specimens of early manhood — and indeed transcends them! ~Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman), "Manly Health and Training," New York Atlas, 1858 December 19th  [Thanks, Zachary Turpin! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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


There are the leaders, of course, and the thinkers, who round out long productive lives in positions in which wisdom is of the essence and is of service. There are those who feel verified in a numerous and vigorous progeny. But they, too, eventually join the over-aged who are reduced to a narrowing space-time, in which only a few things, in their self-contained form, offer a last but firm whisper of confirmation. ~Erik H. Erikson, "Human Strength and the Cycle of Generations," Insight and Responsibility, 1964


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. ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Williston Fish


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


But it is our duty, my young friends, to resist old age; to compensate for its defects by a watchful care; to fight against it as we would fight against disease; to adopt a regimen of health; to practice moderate exercise; and to take just enough of food and drink to restore our strength and not to overburden it. Nor, indeed, are we to give our attention solely to the body; much greater care is due to the mind and soul; for they, too, like lamps, grow dim with time, unless we keep them supplied with oil. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero


Specific Years of Age


The teeth are renewed at the 7th year.
Puberty arrives at twice seven — 14.
Full stature at three times seven — 21.
The perfection of growth at four times seven — 28.
The greatest vigour of body and mind at five times seven — 35.
The commencement of partial decay at six times seven — 42.
General decay and decrease of energy, at seven times seven — 49.
Arrival of old age at eight times seven — 56.
And the grand climacteric of the ancients at nine times seven — 63.
~Thomas Jameson, M.D., "Coincidence of the epochs with the changes of the body," Essays on the Changes of the Human Body, at its Different Ages; the Diseases to Which It is Predisposed in Each Period of Life; and the Physiological Principles of Its Longevity, 1811  [A little altered. The doctrine of septenniads, or septennial phases of life, is actually a much older concept — Hippocrates and earlier — but thus far the best I've found for quoting is this version. Still working on it, though. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


The seven first years of life, (man's break of day)
Gleams of short sense, a dawn of thought display;
When fourteen springs have bloom'd his downy cheek,
His soft and blushful meanings learn to speak;
From twenty-one proud manhood takes it date,
Yet is not strength complete 'till twenty eight;
Thence to his five-and-thirtieth, life's gay fire
Sparkles, burns loud, and flames in fierce desire;
At forty-two, his eyes grave wisdom wear,
And the dark future dims him o'er with care;
On to the nine-and-fortieth, toils increase,
And busy hopes and fears disturb his peace;
At fifty-six, cool reason reigns entire,
Then life burns steady, and with temp'rate fire;
But sixty-three unbinds the body's strength,
E'er th' unwearied mind has run her length;
And when from seventy, age surveys her last,
Tir'd she stops short—and wishes all were past.
~Aaron Hill (1685–1750), "The Distinction of Ages"  [Septenary divisions of life date back many centuries before Hill, but this is the first I've seen it expressed poetically. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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, then the whining school-boy, then the lover, then a soldier, and then the justice, with eyes severe and beard of formal cut, full of wise saws. The sixth age, with spectacles on nose 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. ~William Shakespeare, As You Like It, c.1598 [II, 7, Jaques (lord)]  [The "stages" of life, paraphrased and prosified. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


      In the matter of the age divisions of mankind in general, likeness and comparison depends upon the order of the seven planets. The qualities of each of the ages are those which are naturally proper to the planet compared with it.—
      Infants & Toddlers:  For up to about the fourth year, the moon takes over the age of infancy: suppleness, lack of fixity in body, quick growth, changeability of condition, and the imperfection and inarticulate state of soul.
      Childhood:  In the following ten years of childhood, Mercury begins to articulate and fashion the intelligent and logical part of the soul, to implant certain seeds and rudiments of learning, and to bring to light individual peculiarities of character and faculties, awakening the soul.
      Teens:  Venus, taking charge in the third age, that of youth, for the next eight years, begins to inspire an impulse toward the embrace of love. A kind of frenzy enters the soul, desire for any chance sexual gratification, burning passion, guile, and the blindness of the impetuous lover.
      20s & 30s:  The lord of the middle sphere, the sun, takes over the fourth age, which is the middle one in order, young manhood, for the period of nineteen years, wherein he implants in the soul at length the mastery and direction of its actions, desire for substance, glory, and position, and a change from playful, ingenuous error to seriousness, decorum, and ambition.
      40s & 50s:  Mars, fifth in order, assumes command of manhood for the space of fifteen years. He introduces severity and misery into life, and implants cares and troubles in the soul and in the body, giving it, as it were, some sense and notion of passing its prime and urging it, before it approaches its end, by labor to accomplish something among its undertakings that is worthy of note.
      60s:  Jupiter, taking as his lot the elderly age, for twelve years, brings about the renunciation of manual labor, toil, turmoil, and dangerous activity, and in their place brings decorum, foresight, retirement, together with all-embracing deliberation, admonition, and consolation; he brings men to set store by honor, praise, and independence, accompanied by modesty and dignity.
      70s & Beyond:  Finally to Saturn falls as his lot old age, which lasts for the rest of life. Now the movements both of body and of soul are cooled and impeded in their impulses, enjoyments, desires, and speed; for the natural decline supervenes upon life.
      ~Claudius Ptolemy, 2nd century C.E., Τετράβιβλος, Book IV, Chapter X  [Paraphrased. Ptolemy is said to have drawn from even earlier sources for his astrologer's view of the stages of life. The italicized ages are my loose approximations based on his descriptions; specific ages are not directly expressed in the original work so the reader is forced to perform somewhat ambiguous arithmetic. Every source I've seen that attempts specifics comes up with slightly different numbers. Alas, life stages are never concrete down to the year anyway, so just as well, I say. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


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.
~Author unknown


Childhood


«Age 4»
The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
~Christopher Morley, To a Child


«Age 6»  Anticipate the day as if it was your birthday and you are turning six again. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife


«Age 12»  Everybody's twelve years old in an apple orchard. ~Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray Show, while making autumn stew, original airdate 2007 October 11th


The Teens


«Age 14»  [I]nwardly, 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, letter, 1944


«Age 18»  [A]t eighteen, drawing near the confines of illusive, void dreams, Elf-land lies before us, the shores of Reality rise in front. These shores are yet distant: they look so blue, soft, gentle, we long to reach them.... [A]t eighteen the school of Experience is to be entered, and her humble, crushing, grinding, but yet purifying and invigorating lessons are yet to be learnt. ~Charlotte Brontë, "The Curates at Tea," Shirley, 1849


«Age 18»  At eighteen... Love, when he comes wandering like a lost angel at our door, is at once admitted, welcomed, embraced; his quiver is not seen; if his arrows penetrate, their wound is like a thrill of new life; there are no fears of poison, none of the barb which no leech's hand can extract; that perilous passion... ~Charlotte Brontë, "The Curates at Tea," Shirley, 1849


«The Teens & Age 20»  Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. ~Robert Southey, The Doctor


The 20s


«Age 21»
Twenty-one! 't is yet youth's early morning,—
Life's real, earnest strife is but begun...
~Florence Percy (Elizabeth Anne Chase Akers Allen, 1832–1911), "Twenty-One," Forest Buds, from the Woods of Maine, 1855


«Age 21»  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. ~Author unknown


«Age 23»  The last birthday that's any good is 23. ~Andy Rooney


«Age 29»  It sometimes happens, that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before; and, generally speaking, if there has been neither ill health nor anxiety, it is a time of life at which scarcely any charm is lost. ~Jane Austen, Persuasion, 1817


The 30s


«Age 30»  I was thirty. Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade.... Thirty — the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair. But there was Jordan beside me, who, unlike Daisy, was too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1925


«Age 30»  The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed. ~Henry David Thoreau


«Age 30»  If I could only go back to thirty, and yet retain all my experience, I would turn somersaults all the way down to Ostergade. ~Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), written in his seventieth year  [The fashionable thoroughfare of Copenhagen. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


«Age 30»  Before thirty, men seek disease; after thirty, diseases seek men. ~Chinese proverb


«The 30s»  I spent my 30s fixing everything I broke in my 20s. ~Eddie Murphy


«Age 34»  At the age of thirty-four, she had at length become aware why fate had chosen her for a remarkable position: not to vie with other pretty, coquettish, intellectually commonplace women.... [A] complete transformation both of her outer and of her inner life occurred... ~Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman, 1933


«Age 35»  Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. ~Caryn Leschen


«Age 35»  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


«Age 35» 
Oft in danger, yet alive,
We are come to thirty-five;
Long may better years arrive,
Better years than thirty-five...
High to soar, and deep to dive,
Nature gives at thirty-five.
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...
~Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. During the Last Twenty Years of His Life, by Hesther Lynch Piozzi, 1786


«Age 38»
      How oddly situated a man is apt to find himself at age thirty-eight! His youth belongs to the distant past. Yet the period of memory beginning with the end of youth and extending to the present has left him not a single vivid impression. And therefore he persists in feeling that nothing more than a fragile barrier separates him from his youth. He is forever hearing with the utmost clarity the sounds of this neighboring domain, but there is no way to penetrate the barrier....
      When he was young, there had been only one reality, and the future had seemed to stretch before him, swelling with immense possibilities. But as he grew older, reality seemed to take many forms, and it was the past that seemed refracted into innumerable possibilities....
      After reaching the age of thirty, Honda had begun to forget people's names, just as paint flakes away bit by bit.... as a man grows older the memory of his youth begins to act as nothing less than an immunization against further experience. And he was thirty-eight. It was an age when one felt strangely unready to say that one had lived and yet reluctant to acknowledge the death of youth. ~Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses, 1969, translated from the Japanese by Michael Gallagher, 1973


«Age 39»  It's weird, when you're 39 it starts to happen... ~Keanu Reeves, 2003


«Late 30s»  Today I was reading The Men's Club by a California writer, now dead, named Leonard Michaels.... Leonard writes, "Everybody has a doppelganger. You may sometimes catch a glimpse of him in the mirror, or in a storefront window. He is the one you fear, the other you." For decades I never saw anything but my doppelganger when I looked in the mirror.... I kept waiting for the girl in the mirror to look like me. She never did. Starting in my late thirties, however, I no longer felt the same disconnect when I looked in a mirror. That's your face! I would think. I mean, my face!... At around this same time, men stopped checking me out on the street. This was fine by me, but it also made me confused. I was so beautiful now. Was I the only person who thought so? ~Heidi Julavits, The Folded Clock: A Diary, 2015


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“One of the reasons people get old—lose their aliveness—is that they get compensation: my mind is richer my Soul is broader and my wisdom is at a peak.

11 Of The Smartest Things Anyone Ever Said About Getting Older

quotes about getting older and wisdom

Let’s face it, in this crazy youth-obsessed culture, where everywhere you turn there is a new miracle face cream and new “must do” cosmetic procedure, getting older, especially for us women, can be something we dread. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With age comes experience, confidence, and wisdom that the younger generation may not have for a few more decades. Age gives us a different beauty and a privilege not afforded by youth. Yes, looking in the mirror, we may see a few silver strands and some laugh lines that we would prefer not to have, but getting older isn’t about your changing looks; it is about embracing the life that you are still living. And by all means, embrace it, you’ve earned it!

To inspire you to embrace the next chapters of your life, here is a list of 20 Wisdom Filled Quotes On Aging That Prove Getting Older Is Empowering:

1| When I get old, they’re never going to say, “What a sweet old lady”. They are going to say, “What on earth is that crazy old woman up to now!”

2| As a woman gathers more years, she becomes more bold, which is not the same as brave; brave is jumping in. Bold is jumping with angels. In age, we learn to know the difference, for certain, “OLDER IS BOLDER”. Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

3| Beauty has no expiration date.

4| Forget about aging gracefully; focus instead on aging gratefully.

5| With age comes inner strength and the power of not caring what others think to validate who I am. My life is my business and age has given me the privilege to live it the way I want to. Paulette Klein, founder of LifeTraveledInStilettos

6| Act as young as you feel. You’re not getting older, you’re getting more entitled to be your fabulous self. Gwen Stefani

7| True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows; the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows. Audrey Hepburn

8| Why do they say we’re over the hill? I don’t even know what that means and why it’s a bad thing. When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I’m past the hard part and there’s a snack in my future. Ellen Degeneres

9| As soon as you feel too old to do something — DO IT and prove yourself wrong.

10| I don’t believe in age, I believe in energy. Don’t let age dictate what you can and can’t do. Tao Parchon-Lynch

11| The older I get, the more I understand that it’s OK to live a life that others don’t understand.

12| One of the benefits of being a mature well-educated woman is that you’re not afraid of expletives and you have no fear to put a fool in his place. That’s the power of language and experience. Judi Dench

13| Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind, stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about, but I’m still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, “I’m going to be 30 — oh, what am I going to do?”. Well, use that decade! Use them all. Betty White

14| I look forward to being older; when what you look like becomes less an issue and what you are is the point. Susan Sarandon

15| A beautiful face will age and a perfect body will change, but a beautiful soul will always be a beautiful soul.

16| The key to aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.

17| Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

18| Aging catches up on you all of a sudden. It’s definitely more interesting to let yourself go through the process than do a bunch of surgery and get addicted to a face that’s not even yours. You can’t chase youth; you’ll just look older with a facelift. Linda Rodin

19| The older I get, the more I see how women are described as having gone mad when what they’ve actually become is knowledgeable and powerful and fucking furious. Sophie Heawood

20| Getting older has many advantages. I’m still as imperfect as ever, but I have learned that my imperfections make me who I am and more real as a woman. Getting older means not having to explain your quirkiness.

I hope you enjoyed these empowering quotes on aging. Drop a comment below with which one was your favorite one, and be sure to “Like”, “Share”, “Tweet”, and “Pin” by clicking on the links below.

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