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Quotes about Age



The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~Doug Larson


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


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


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


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


Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator


Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative. ~Maurice Chevalier


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


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


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


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 vigor. 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


Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. ~Bob Hope


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


Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead center of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush to the net. ~Franklin Adams


Everyone is the age of their heart. ~Guatemalan Proverb


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


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


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"

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed, lets in new light through chinks that time hath made. ~Edmund Waller


The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion. ~Doris Lessing


Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty — they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum        


An archeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her. ~Agatha Christie


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


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


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


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


None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau


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


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


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


When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day. ~Marty Bucella


The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down. ~T.S. Eliot


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


From forty to fifty a man must move upward, or the natural falling off in the vigor of life will carry him rapidly downward. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


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


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


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


At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment. ~Benjamin Franklin


The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth. ~Marya Mannes


What this country needs is radicals who will stay that way regardless of the creeping years. ~John Fischer


Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips. ~Attributed to John Wagner


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


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


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


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


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


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


Age is just a number. Mine is unlisted. ~Author Unknown


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


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


I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience. ~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


Like a lot of fellows around here, I have a furniture problem. My chest has fallen into my drawers. ~Billy Casper


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


Never use the passing years as an excuse for old age. ~Robert Brault


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


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


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


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


Youth disserves; middle age conserves; old age preserves. ~Martin H. Fischer


We turn not older with years, but newer every day. ~Emily Dickinson


In a dream you are never eighty. ~Anne Sexton


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


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

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


The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. ~H.L. Mencken


Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy. ~Author Unknown


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


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 leasures suit, Nor regret the blossoms dying, While we still can taste the fruit. ~Thomas Moore


Young twigs will bend but not old trees. ~Dutch Proverb


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


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


Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ~Tom Wilson


We are always the same age inside. ~Gertrude Stein


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


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


Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier. ~Dan Bennett


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


He 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 Byro


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


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

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


The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. ~Arthur Schopenhauer


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


You spend 90% of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last 10% trying to convince the Lord that you're actually not that tired. ~Robert Brault


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


There 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


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


At another year I would not boggle except that when I jog I joggle. ~Ogden Nash


It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton


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


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


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


Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. ~Mark Twain


The arctic loneliness of age. ~S. Weir Mitchell


Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once. ~Dave Barry



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


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


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



Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. ~Henry Ford


I am getting old and the sign of old age is that I begin to philosophize and ponder over problems which should not be my concern at all. ~Jawaharlal Nehru


Sometimes age succeeds, sometimes it fails. It depends on you. ~Ravensara Noite


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


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


Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work. ~Author Unknown


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


When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices. ~Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld


We thought we were running away from the grown-ups, and now we're the grown-ups. ~Margaret Atwood


There is a certain even-handed justice in Time; and for what he takes away he gives us something in return. He robs us of elasticity of limb and spirit, and in its place he brings tranquility and repose—the mild autumnal weather of the soul. ~Alexander Smith


There is a slow-growing beauty which only comes to perfection in old age.... I have seen sweeter smiles on a lip of seventy than I ever saw on a lip of seventeen. There is the beauty of youth, and there is also the beauty of holiness—a beauty much more seldom met; and more frequently found in the arm-chair by the fire, with grandchildren around its knee, than in the ball-room or the promenade. ~Alexander Smith


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


Age is like the newest version of a software — it has a bunch of great new features but you lost all the cool features the original version had. ~Carrie Latet


Age swallows our childhood. ~Terri Guillemets


When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again. ~Hugo L. Black


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


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


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


They talk about the economy this year. Hey, my hairline is in recession, my waistline is in inflation. Altogether, I'm in a depression. ~Rick Majerus


Few people know how to be old. ~Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld


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


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


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

I don't know how you feel about old age... but in my case I didn't even see it coming. It hit me from the rear. ~Phyllis Diller


Growing old is a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form. ~Andre Maurois


You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old. ~George Burns


What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. ~Voltaire


You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. ~Bonnie Prudden


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


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


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


It takes a long time to become young. ~Pablo Picasso


The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer. ~Joan Collins


I never dared be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.

~Robert Frost


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


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


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



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


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


At sixteen I was stupid, confused and indecisive. At twenty-five I was wise, self-confident, prepossessing and assertive. At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive. Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence? ~Jules Feiffer


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

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