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Maxwell Anderson ~
• “When we're young we have faith in what is seen, but when we're old we know that what is seen is traced in air and built on water.”

Aristotle ~
• “Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.”

Sir Francis Bacon ~
• "Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read."

Ethel Barrymore ~
• “You grow up the day you have the first real laugh at yourself.”

Jacques Barzun ~
• “Old age is like learning a new profession. And not one of your own choosing.”

Brendan Behan ~
• “All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.”

Simone de Beauvoir ~
• “There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning.”
• “It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.”

Henry Bergson ~
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”

Anne Bradstreet ~
• “Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending.”

Jacob Burckhardt ~
• “Neither in the life of the individual nor in that of mankind is it desirable to know the future.”

Pedro Calderson de la Barca ~
• “What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.”

Lydia Maria Child ~
• “Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.”

Colette ~
• “You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.”

Norman Cousins ~
• “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”

Colette ~
• “You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.”

John Dryden ~
• “Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres.”
• “Death in itself is nothing; but we fear to be we know not what, we know not where.”

Albert Einstein ~
• “I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to.”

George Eliot ~
• “Old men's eyes are like old men's memories; they are strongest for things a long way off.”

T.S. Eliot ~
• “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.”

Epictetus ~
• “Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.”

Henry Ford ~
• “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Betty Friedan ~
• “Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”

Ernest J. Gaines ~
• “Anytime a child is born, the old people look in his face and ask him if he's the One.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez ~
• “The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.”
• “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
• “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

Stanislav Grof ~
• “Dying before dying has two important consequences: It liberates the individual from the fear of death and influences the actual experience of dying at the time of biological demise.”
• “There is no fundamental difference between the preparation for death and the practice of dying, and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment.”

Thomas Hardy ~
• “The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.”

Joel Chandler Harris ~
• “I am in the prime of my senility.”

Robert Heinlein ~
• “The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.”

Gustav Holst ~
• “One of the advantages of being over forty is that one begins to learn the difference between knowing and realising.”

bell hooks ~
• “Death is with you all the time; you get deeper in it as you move towards it, but it's not unfamiliar to you. It's always been there, so what becomes unfamiliar to you when you pass away from the moment is really life.”

Herbert Hoover ~
• “Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.”

Fred Hoyle ~
• “When I was young, the old regarded me as an outrageous young fellow, and now that I'm old the young regard me as an outrageous old fellow.”

Elbert Hubbard ~
• “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”

William Henry Hudson ~
• “We know that our senses are subject to decay, that from our middle years they are decaying all the time; but happily it is as if we didn't know and didn't care.”

Ivan Illich ~
• “At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.”

Washington Irving ~
• “Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.” ~ Bachelors

Henry James ~
• “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”

William James ~
• “Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.”

James Joyce ~
• “Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”

Carl Gustav Jung ~
• “Among all my patients in the second half of life ... there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.”

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

Käthe Kollwitz ~
• “For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.”

Maggie Kuhn ~
• “Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.”

R. D. Laing ~
• “Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.”

Charles Lamb ~
• “I'd like to grow very old as slowly as possible.”

Doris Lessing ~
• “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.”

Jack London ~
• “Age is never so old as youth would measure it.” ~ The Wit of Porportuk

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

W. Somerset Maugham ~
• “What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.”

Phyliss McGinley ~
• “Seventy is wormwood, Seventy is gall / But its better to be seventy, Than not alive at all.”

Ogden Nash ~
• “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely!”

Louise Nevelson ~
• “I never feel age ... If you have creative work, you don't have age or time.”

Kathleen Norris ~
• “In middle age we are apt to reach the horrifying conclusion that all sorrow, all pain, all passionate regret and loss and bitter disillusionment are self-made.”

Marcel Proust ~
• “The great renunciation of old age as it prepared for death, wraps itself up in its chrysalis, which may be observed at the end of lives that are at all prolonged, even in old lovers who have lived for one another, in old friends bound by the closest ties of mutual sympathy, who, after a certain year, cease to make the necessary journey or even to cross the street to see one another, cease to correspond, and know that they will communicate no more in this world.” ~ Swann's Way

Saki ~
• “The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.”
• “It is one of the consolations of middle-aged reformers that the good they inculcate must live after them if it is to live at all.”

Sir Walter Scott ~
• “Teach your children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.”

Pete Seeger ~
• “Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”

Tom Stoppard ~
• “Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.”
• “If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.”
• “If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”

James Thurber ~
• “Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.”
• “With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.”

Mark Twain ~
• “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.”
• “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”

Robert Penn Warren ~
• “A young man's ambition is to get along in the world and make a place for himself-half your life goes that way, till you're 45 or 50. Then, if you're lucky, you make terms with life, you get released.”

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

John Greenleaf Whittier ~
• “Shoot, if you must, this old gray head, / But spare your country's flag," she said.” ~ Barbara Frietchie

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