Monday, 14 May 2018

Age / Aging

A graceful and blessed old age must have three elements in it: a happy retrospect, a peaceful present, and an inspiring future. And old age cannot have either one of these three if the youth has been wasted and manhood has been misspent. - Lyman Abbott

As we grow old, we become aware that death is drawing near; his shadow falls across our path; the realities of life seem less crude than of yore, they touch our senses less intimately, and they lose much of their poignancy. - Stefan Zweig

As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open. - Clint Eastwood

As we reach the crest of life and look at the path before us, we apprehend that the path no longer ascends but slopes downward toward decline and diminishment. From that point on, concerns about death are never far from mind. - Irvin D. Yalom

Few know how to be old. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

If I am to tell you how to grow old gracefully, I must tell you at the beginning of life; for no man can grow old gracefully unless he begins early. - Lyman Abbott

It cuts one sadly to see the grief of old people; they've no way o' working it off; and the new spring brings no new shoots out on the withered tree. - George Eliot

Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when. - Philip Roth

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years. - Ausonius

Maybe age is kinder to us than we think. With my bad eyes, I can't see how bad I look, and with my rotten memory, I have a good excuse for getting out of a lot of stuff. - Erma Bombeck

Nothing is more incumbent on the old, than to know when they should get out of the way, and relinquish to younger successors the honours they can no longer earn, and the duties they can no longer perform. - Thomas Jefferson

Nothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young. - Karl Lagerfeld

Old age diminishes our strength; it takes away our pleasures one after the other; it withers the soul as well as the body; it renders adventure and friendship difficult; and finally it is shadowed by thoughts of death. - Andre Maurois

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

Old age makes you a stranger in your own country. - Ken Alstad

One of the things you realize about getting older is that not everybody is going to get older with you. - Cormac McCarthy

Sixty feels exactly like 50, with aching feet and more forgetfulness.... But your inside person doesn't age. Your inside person is soul, is heart, in the eternal now, the ageless, the old, the young, all the ages you've ever been. - Anne Lamott

The art of growing old is the art of being regarded by the oncoming generations as a support and not as a stumbling-block. - Andre Maurois

The counsels of the old, like the winter sun, shine, but give no heat. - Luc de Clapiers

The old are apt to mistake age for experience, and to imagine they are privileged to give good advice, though they may have lived only to afford bad example. - Norman MacDonald

The only real change in life comes with the consciousness of old age. - Austin O’Malley

The real affliction of old age is remorse. - Cesare Pavese

The secret of a good old age is simply an honourable pact with solitude. - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The tragedy of old age ... is not that it is less vigorous than youth, but that it is not needed by youth; that its love and prosy sageness, so important a few years ago, so gladly offered now, are rejected with laughter. - Sinclair Lewis

There is no place in which to hide when Age comes seeking for his bride. - Joyce Kilmer

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. - Simone de Beauvoir

There's nothing like being old to be sure of everything. - Fran Lebowitz

To grow old means to be rid of anxieties about the past. - Stefan Zweig

We have confidence in an old man when holding a position, but lack confidence in him when he is applying for one. - Lewis F. Korns

When you're my age, you have the feeling sometimes that you're seeing the show come round again. - John le Carre

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