Sunday, May 01, 2005

Age Quotes

  "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, about golf's Senior Tour Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.  ~Truman Capote Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.  ~Author Unknown A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.  ~Jean Rostand The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.  ~Madeleine L'Engle Youth disserves; middle age conserves; old age preserves.  ~Martin H. Fischer One of the best parts of growing older?  You can flirt all you like since you've become harmless.  ~Liz Smith Spiritual sloth, or acedia, was known as The Sin of the Middle Ages.  It's the sin of my middle age, too.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 We turn not older with years, but newer every day.  ~Emily Dickinson In a dream you are never eighty.  ~Anne Sexton Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.  ~Fran├žois La Rochefoucauld Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places.  ~Author Unknown There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important.  ~Franklin P. Adams You can live to be a hundred if you give up all things that make you want to live to be a hundred.  ~Allen I don't do alcohol anymore - I get the same effect just standing up fast.  ~Author Unknown Men at forty Learn to close softly The doors to rooms they will not be Coming back to. ~Donald Justice, "Men at Forty" 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 I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience.  ~Author Unknown Age is a slowing down of everything except fear.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 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 Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age.  Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.  ~Tom Wilson Old age ain't no place for sissies.  ~Bette Davis 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 Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.  ~Edward Young, Night Thoughts As we grow older, our capacity for enjoyment shrinks, but not our appetite for it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them.  ~Arnold Palmer It's hard to feel middle-aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live?  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.  ~Jennifer Yane 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 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 Zeal, n.  A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced.  ~Ambrose Bierce 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 It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.  ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton Middle age:  The time when you'll do anything to feel better, except give up what is hurting you.  ~Robert Quillen Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.  ~Mark Twain Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once.  ~Dave Barry, "Your Disintegrating Body," Dave Barry Turns 40, 1990 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 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 When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices.  ~Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld We thought we were running away from the grown-ups, and now we're the grown-ups.  ~Margaret Atwood There is only one cure for gray hair.  It was invented by a Frenchman.  It is called the guillotine.  ~P.G. Wodehouse Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.  ~Harold Coffin 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 Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.  ~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711 It well becomes a man who is no longer young to forget that he ever was.  ~Seigneur de Saint-Evremond, 1696 When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis.  I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.  ~Hugo L. Black In youth we are plagued by desire; in later years, by the desire to feel desire.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.  ~Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711 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 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 I am getting to an age when I can only enjoy the last sport left.  It is called hunting for your spectacles.  ~Edward Grey The lost leaves measure our years; they are gone as the days are gone.  ~Richard Jefferies, The Life of the Fields, 1908 Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving.  ~Author Unknown I don't know how you feel about old age... but in my case I didn't even see it coming.  It hit me from the rear.  ~Phyllis Diller Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.  ~André 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 in The Leaf The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable.  I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis.  ~Leon Edel The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face.  ~Jack Nicklaus You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.  ~Timothy Leary 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 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, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable.  There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.  ~Victor Hugo Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.  Middle age is when yo


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