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




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


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


I look forward to growing old and wise and audacious.


Glenda Jackson (1936-, British actress and politician)


It is so comical to hear oneself called old, even at ninety I suppose!


Alice James (1848-1892, American diarist, sister of William James)


How can the moribund old man reason back to himself the romance, the mystery, the imminence of great things with which our old earth tingled for him in the days when he was young and well?


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


At last now you can be what the old cannot recall and the young long for in dreams, yet still include them all.


Elizabeth Jennings (1926-, British poet)


Wrecked on the lee shore of age.


Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909, American author)


At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one, little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine, what I now am.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


The short bloom of our brief and narrow life flies far away. While we are calling for flowers and wine and woman, old age is upon us.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


In my twenties, my pleasures tended to be physical. In my thirties, my pleasures tended to be intellectual. I can't say which was more exquisite.


Steve Kangas


Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.


Garson Kanin (1912-1999, American playwright, screenwriter, stage and movie director)


I'm like old wine. They don't bring me out very often, but I'm well preserved.


Rose F. Kennedy


A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. I reckon, he said, with a twinkle in his eye,  it is because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.


Dorothea Kent


Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.


KaThe Kollwitz (1867-1945, German artist)


The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination.


Louis Kronenberger


I enjoy my wrinkles and regard them as badges of distinction -- I've worked hard for them!


Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995, American civil rights activist, author)


Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.


Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995, American civil rights activist, author)


Old age is not a disease -- it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.


Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995, American civil rights activist, author)


As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Few people know how to be old.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


In growing old, we become more foolish and more wise.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don't know, but they do.


Patricia Neal


Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


O what a thing is age! Death without death's quiet.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can't quite name.


Philip Larkin (1922-1986, British poet)


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


Doug Larson


It is a sobering thought, that when Mozart was my age he had been dead for two years.


Tom Lehrer (1928-, American humorist, singer, song writer)


When you get to fifty-two food becomes more important than sex.


Prue Leith


The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.


Madeleine L'Engle


The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.


Max Lerner (1902-1992, American author, columnist)


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 (1919-, British novelist)


He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


One is rarely an impulsive innovator after the age of sixty, but one can still be a very fine orderly and inventive thinker. One rarely procreates children at that age, but one is all the more skilled at educating those who have already been procreated, and education is procreation of another kind.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


I have found it to be true that the older I've become the better my life has become.


Rush Limbaugh (1951-, American TV personality)


I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


Perhaps middle age is, or should be, a period of shedding shells; the shell of ambition, the shell of material accumulations and possessions, the shell of the ego.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


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.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


I venerate old age; and I love not the man who can look without emotion upon the sunset of life, when the dusk of evening begins to gather over the watery eye, and the shadows of twilight grow broader and deeper upon the understanding.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


To be seventy years old is like climbing the Alps. You reach a snow-crowned summit, and see behind you the deep valley stretching miles and miles away, and before you other summits higher and whiter, which you may have strength to climb, or may not. Then you sit down and meditate and wonder which it will be.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Age is totally unimportant. The years are really irrelevant. It's how you cope with them.


Shirley Lord (American writer)


There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap into this source, you will truly have defeated age.


Sophia Loren (1934-, Italian film actress)


As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new -- and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, ‘neath every one a friend.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


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 (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.


Eleanor Marx


Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquility of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


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.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


No gray hairs streak my soul, no grandfatherly fondness there! I shake the world with the might of my voice, and walk -- handsome, twenty-two year old.


Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930, Russian poet, dramatist)


The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men more.


Colleen McCullough


Men of my age live in a state of continual desperation.


Trevor McDonald


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.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Being seventy is not a sin.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


Old age is like flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Not till the fire is dying in the grate, look we for any kinship with the stars. Oh, wisdom never comes when it is gold, And the great price we paid for it full worth: We have it only when we are half earth. Little avails that coinage to the old!


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


Don't just count your years, make your years count.


Ernest Meyers


How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


We are not limited by our old age; we are liberated by it.


Stu Mittleman (American health and fitness expert)


Minds ripen at very different ages.


Elizabeth Montagu


Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Someday you will read in the papers that Moody is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I was born of the flesh in 1837, I was born of the spirit in 1855. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit shall live forever.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


Age does not protect you from love but love to some extent protects you from age.


Jeanne Moreau (1928-, French actress and director)


Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.


Arthur E. Morgan (1878-1976, American engineer, educator)


When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.


John Mortimer (1923-, British barrister, novelist)


I think in twenty years I'll be looked at like Bob Hope. Doing those president jokes and golf shit. It scares me.


Eddie Murphy (1961-, American actor, comedian, producer)


Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


The older you get the stronger the wind gets -- and it's always in your face.


Jack Nicklaus (1940-, American golfer)


How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, age don't matter.


Leroy Satchel Paige (1906-1982, American baseball player)


How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.


Leroy Satchel Paige (1906-1982, American baseball player)


My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.


Peggy Noonan (1950-, American author, presidential speechwriter)


You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.


John Nuveen


Gray hair is a sign of age, not of wisdom.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


When you're 50 you start thinking about things you haven't thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity -- but actually it's about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.


Joyce Carol Oates (1938-, American author)


Here, with whitened hair, desires failing, strength ebbing out of him, with the sun gone down and with only the serenity and the calm warning of the evening star left to him, he drank to Life, to all it had been, to what it was, to what it would be. Hurrah!


Sean O'Casey (1884-1964, Irish dramatist)


I am much younger now than I was at twelve or anyway, less burdened.


Flannery O'Conner


The old -- like children -- talk to themselves, for they have reached that hopeless wisdom of experience which knows that though one were to cry it in the streets to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss to one's beloved, the only ears that can ever hear one's secrets are one's own!


Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953, American dramatist)


Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


One of the most important phases of maturing is that of growth from self-centering to an understanding relationship to others. A person is not mature until he has both an ability and a willingness to see himself as one among others and to do unto those others as he would have them do to him.


Harry A. Overstreet (1875-1970, American psychologist)


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


Arnold Palmer (1929-, American golfer)


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