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




It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.


R. Palmer


In youth the days are short and the years are long. In old age the years are short and day's long.


Nikita Ivanovich Panin (1718-1783, Russian statesman)


Live your life and forget your age.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


All my life I used to wonder what I would become when I grew up. Then, about seven years ago, I realized that I was never going to grow up -- that growing is an ever-ongoing process.


M. Scott Peck (1936-, American psychiatrist, author)


A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, "At my age, I don't even buy green bananas.


Claude D. Pepper


Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many elderly people into poverty and despair. Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.


Claude D. Pepper


Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.


Claude D. Pepper


Getting older is like riding a bicycle; if you don't keep pedaling, you'll fall.


Claude D. Pepper


Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.


Ralph B. Perry


Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.


Philo (2nd century, Byzantine scientist)


It takes a long time to become young.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


A graceful and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality.


Pindar (BC 518?-18438, Greek poet)


He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


There are no old people nowadays; they are either "wonderful for their age" or dead.


Mary Pettibone Poole


Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there were no fools in their days, but unluckily they themselves are left as an example.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.


Anthony Powell (1905-2000, British novelist)


One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.


J. B. Priestley (1894-1984, American writer)


The woman who tells her age is either too young to have anything to lose or too old to have anything to gain.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


What is soon ripe is soon rotten.


Czechoslovakian Proverb (Sayings of Czech origin)


Gray hairs are death's blossoms.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


An old man loved is winter with flowers.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Just because a loan is old, that does not make it a gift.


Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)


Twenty years a child; twenty years running wild; twenty years a mature man -- and after that, praying.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


A woman is as old as she wants to tell you she is.


Luxembourg Proverb


No one grows old by living, only by losing interest in living.


Marie Beynon Ray


Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.


Keith Richards (1943-, British-born American musician, survivor, songwriter)


As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Age does not matter if the matter does not age.


Carlos Pena Romulo


A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


No, Doctor, I don't want to grow young again. I just want to keep on growing old.


Madame De Rothschild


The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


I have always felt that a woman has the right to treat the subject of her age with ambiguity until perhaps she passes into the realm of over ninety. Then it is better she be candid with herself and with the world.


Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer)


There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age.


Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869, French critic)


It is quite wrong to think of old age as a downward slope. On the contrary, one climbs higher and higher with the advancing years, and that, too, with surprising strides.


George Sand (1804-1876, French novelist)


For inside all the weakness of old age, the spirit, God knows, is as mercurial as it ever was.


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


Except ye become as little children, except you can wake on your fiftieth birthday with the same forward-looking excitement and interest in life that you enjoyed when you were five, "Ye cannot enter the kingdom of God." One must not only die daily, but every day we must be born again.


Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957, British author)


The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.


Charles M. Schulz (1922-, American cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts")


Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly serene, but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age.


Florida Scott-Maxwell


We who are old know that age is more than a disability. It is an intense and varied experience, almost beyond our capacity at times, but something to be carried high.


Florida Scott-Maxwell


I'd like to grow very old as slowly as possible.


Irene Mayer Selznick


As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


There is nothing more despicable than an old man who has no other proof than his age to offer of his having lived long in the world.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.


J. P. Senn


Beauty is a radiance that originates from within and comes from inner security and strong character.


Jane Seymour


Have you not a moist eye, a dry hand, a yellow cheek, a white beard, a decreasing leg, an increasing belly? Is not your voice broken, your wind short, your chin double, your wit single, and every part about you blasted with antiquity?


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


I have lived long enough. My way of life is to fall into the sere, the yellow leaf, and that which should accompany old age, as honor, love, obedience, troops of friends I must not look to have.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


My age is as a lusty winter, frosty but kindly.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty; for in my youth I never did apply hot and rebellious liquors in my blood; and did not, with unbashful forehead, woo the means of weakness and debility: therefore my age is as a lusty winter, frosty but kindly.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Merchant of Venice


Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short; youth is nimble, age is lame; Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold; Youth is wild, and age is tame.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Every man over forty is a scoundrel.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


The golden age is before us, not behind us.


St. Simon


For the aging, the future is today.


Jerry D. Smart


It is a bore, I admit, to be past seventy, for you are left for execution, and are daily expecting the death-warrant; but it is not anything very capital we quit. We are, at the close of life, only hurried away from stomach-aches, pains in the joints, from sleepless nights and unamusing days, from weakness, ugliness, and nervous tremors; but we shall all meet again in another planet, cured of all our defects.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.


Muriel Spark (1918-, British novelist)


Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.


Muriel Spark (1918-, British novelist)


When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


We are always the same age inside.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.


Abraham Sutzkever


We pay when old for the excesses of youth.


Author Unknown


The trick is growing up without growing old.


Casey Stengel (1889-1975, American baseball player and manager)


What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.


I. F. Stone (1907-1989, American author)


Age is a high price to pay for maturity.


Tom Stoppard (1937-, Czech playwright)


So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why doesn't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


No wise man ever wished to be younger.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others.


Sir William Temple (1628-1699, British diplomat, essayist)


No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: 2 Corinthians 4:16


While we look not a that things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: 2 Corinthians 4:18


There is not a more repulsive spectacle than an old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.


Friedrich August Gottreu Tholuck (1799 - 1877, Lutheran theologian)


Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


As for the pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


How earthy old people become -- moldy as the grave! Their wisdom smacks of the earth. There is no foretaste of immortality in it. They remind me of earthworms and mole crickets.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


I'm 65 and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I'd only be 48. That's the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of 28 and 40.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.


Leon Trotsky (1879-1940, Russian revolutionary)


I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!


Tina Turner (1938-, American musician, actress)


For the first fourteen years for a rod they do while for the next as a pearl in the world they do shine. For the next trim beauty beginneth to swerve. For the next matrons or drudges they serve. For the next doth crave a staff for a stay. For the next a bier to fetch them away.


Thomas Tusser (c. 1520-15c. 1580-, British writer on agriculture)


I am admonished in many ways that time is pushing me inexorably along. I am approaching the threshold of age; in 1977 I shall be 142. This is no time to be flitting about the earth. I must cease from the activities proper to youth and begin to take on the dignities and gravities and inertia proper to that season of honorable senility which is on its way.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all."


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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