An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.


Anouk Aimee (1932-, French actor)


The surest sign of age is loneliness.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.


Thomas B. Aldrich (1836-1907, American writer, editor)


Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.


Hervey Allen (1889-1949, American author)


Age. That period of life in which we compound for the vices that remain by reviling those we have no longer the vigor to commit.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


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 Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball-the further I am rolled, the more I gain.


Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.


Elizabeth Arden (1876-1966, Canadian-born American beautician and businesswoman)


One's age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.


Thomas Arnold (1795-1842, British educator, scholar)


Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.


Thomas Arnold (1795-1842, British educator, scholar)


Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.


Fred Astaire (1899-1987, American dancer, singer, actor)


I refuse to admit that I am more than 52, even if that makes my children illegitimate.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


I used to dread getting older because I thought I would not be able to do all the things I wanted to do, but now that I am older I find that I don't want to do them.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.


Daniel Francois Esprit Auber (1782-1871, French composer)


My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


I am not a has-been. I'm a will-be.


Lauren Bacall (1924-, American actress)


Age will not be defied.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


People of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon and seldom drive business home to it's conclusion, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


The tendency of old age to the body, say the physiologists, is to form bone. It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old man whose opinions are not ossified.


J. F. Boyse


You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.


Lucille Ball (1911-1989, American actress, producer)


By common consent, gray hairs are a crown of glory: the only object of respect that can never excite envy.


George Bancroft (1800-1891, American historian)


Maturity is coming to terms with that other part of yourself.


Dr. Ruth Tiffany Barnhouse


Old age is the verdict of life.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


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.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


Since it is the Other within us who is old, it is natural that the revelation of our age should come to us from outside -- from others. We do not accept it willingly.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.


May L. Becker


To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


We lose our hair, our teeth! Our bloom, our ideals.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


I hope I never get so old I get religious.


Ingmar Bergman (1918-, Swedish stage, film writer, director)


I have never known a person to live to be one hundred and be remarkable for anything else.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.


Jacqueline Bisset (1946-, American screen actor)


When I was fourteen, I was the oldest I ever was.... I've been getting younger ever since.


Shirley Temple Black (1928-, American film child star)


I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry.


Alan Bleasdale (1946-, British playwright, novelist)


She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.


Anita Brookner (1938-, British novelist, art historian)


Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long.


Captain J. Brown


I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can.


Rita Mae Brown (1944-, American writer)


A woman's always younger than a man at equal years.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


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


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


What's a man's age? He must hurry more, that's all; Cram in a day, what his youth took a year to hold.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.


Luis Bunuel (1900-1983, Spanish film director)


A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.


Billie Burke


Age doesn't matter, unless you're cheese.


Billie Burke


Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese


Billie Burke


Age to me means nothing. I can't get old; I'm working. I was old when I was twenty-one and out of work. As long as you're working, you stay young. When I'm in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age.


George Burns (1896-1996, American comedy actor)


By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.


George Burns (1896-1996, American comedy actor)


How can I die? I'm booked.


George Burns (1896-1996, American comedy actor)


It's good to be here. At 98, it's good to be anywhere.


George Burns (1896-1996, American comedy actor)


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


George Burns (1896-1996, American comedy actor)


How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


To me -- old age is always ten years older than I am.


Andre B. Buruch


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


Martin Buxbaum


A lady of a "certain age," which means certainly aged.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


I always looked to about thirty as the barrier of any real or fierce delight in the passions, and determined to work them out in the younger ore and better veins of the mine -- and I flatter myself that I have pretty well done so -- and now the dross is coming.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


I shall soon be six-and-twenty. Is there anything in the future that can possibly console us for not being always twenty-five?


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


It was one of the deadliest and heaviest feelings of my life to feel that I was no longer a boy. From that moment I began to grow old in my own esteem -- and in my esteem age is not estimable.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


My time has been passed viciously and agreeably; at thirty-one so few years months days hours or minutes remain that "Carpe Diem" is not enough. I have been obliged to crop even the seconds -- for who can trust to tomorrow?


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Of all the barbarous middle ages, that which is most barbarous is the middle age of man! it is -- I really scarce know what; but when we hover between fool and sage, and don't know justly what we would be at -- a period something like a printed page, black letter upon foolscap, while our hair grows grizzled, and we are not what we were.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each loved one blotted from life's page, And be alone on earth, as I am now.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


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.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.


Emily Carr (1871-1945, Canadian artist)


I married an archaeologist because the older I grow, the more he appreciates me.


Agatha Christie (1891-1976, British mystery writer)


A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.


Joyce Carey


Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.


Rachel Carson (1907-1964, American marine biologist, author)


Every time I think that I'm getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens.


Lillian Carter


Sure, I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself someday.


Lillian Carter


Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.


Eli Cass


Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.


Cato The Elder (BC 234-149, Roman statesman, orator)


An aged Christian, with the snow of time upon his head, may remind us that those points of earth are whitest which are nearest to heaven.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternatives.


Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972, French singer, actor)


A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.


Lydia M. Child (1802-1880, American abolitionist, writer, editor)


Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.


Lydia M. Child (1802-1880, American abolitionist, writer, editor)


Most people think that aging is irreversible and we know that there are mechanisms even in the human machinery that allow for the reversal of aging, through correction of diet, through anti-oxidants, through removal of toxins from the body, through exercise, through yoga and breathing techniques, and through meditation.


Deepak Chopra (1946-, East-Indian-American doctor, author, lecturer)

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The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.


Deepak Chopra (1946-, East-Indian-American doctor, author, lecturer)

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You can free yourself from aging by reinterpreting your body and by grasping the link between belief and biology.


Deepak Chopra (1946-, East-Indian-American doctor, author, lecturer)

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An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.


Agatha Christie (1891-1976, British mystery writer)


We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Every stage of human life, except the last, is marked out by certain and defined limits; old age alone has no precise and determinate boundary.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Old age, especially an honored old age, has so great authority, that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


The foolishness of old age does not characterize all who are old, but only the foolish.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


There is no one so old as to not think they may live a day longer.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


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