A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity.
“I reckon,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “It’s because most nights I went
to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”
A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day, he
can sleep at night and do it again the next day. Albert
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
A schoolmaster of mine long ago said, “You can only learn from the
second-raters. The first-raters are out of range; you can’t see how they get
their effects.” Raymond Chandler
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.”
After age seventy it’s patch, patch, patch.
After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.
Age doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.
Age is nothing but experience, and some of us are more experienced
than others. Andy Rooney
Age only matters when one is aging. Now that I have arrived at a
great age, I might just as well be twenty. Pablo
Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It’s more often a succession
of jerks. Jean Rhys
Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.
All is pattern, all life, but we can’t always see the pattern when we
are part of it. Belva Plain
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on
the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
As long as you can admire and love, then one is young forever.
At eighty I believe I am a far more cheerful person than I was at
twenty or thirty. I most definitely would not want to be a teenager again. Youth
may be glorious but is is also painful to endure. Moreover, what is called youth
is not youth; it is rather something like premature old age.
At my age, getting a second doctor’s opinion is kind of like
switching slot machines. Jimmy Carter
At seventy, I would say the advantage is that you take life more
calmly. You have that “This, too, shall pass!” Eleanor
At twenty, a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the
world. When he is seventy, he still wants to reform the world, but he knows he
can’t. Clarence Darrow
Beyond the age of eighty, the perspectives of a lifetime wither and
shrink like all else. You feel that your mortal car is straddling the median
line and the right-hand wheels are rumbling in this world with the other two in
the other one. Saul Bellow
Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take
yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have
fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a
silly song. Sam Walton
Choose well: Your choice is brief and yet endless.
Courage is a strange thing: One can never be sure of it.
Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
Death is the wake-up call, the unavoidable mandate, that makes
enlightenment possible, and helps our souls to grow. This is why Plato, when
asked on his deathbed for one final word of advice, responded to his pupils,
“Practice dying.” Ram Dass
Discussing how old you are is the temple of boredom.
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand
like curious children before Great Mystery into which we were born.
Don’t believe all the baloney people tell you when they’re describing
what they’re going to do for you someday soon. Get the money.
Don’t every underestimate the importance of money. I know it’s often
been said that money won’t make you happy, and this is undeniably true, but
everything else being equal, it’s a lovely thing to have around the house.
Don’t grow old without money, honey. Lena
Don’t try to go too fast. Learn your job. Don’t ever talk until you
know what you’re talking about. If you want to get along, go along.
During much of my life, I was anxious to be what someone else wanted
me to be. Now I have given up that struggle. I am what I am.
During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of
technological revolutions; but none of them has done away with the need for
character in the individual, or the ability to think.
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have
nothing whatever to do with it. W. Somerset Maugham
Each one must learn for himself the highest wisdom. It cannot be
taught in words. Men who work cannot dream, and wisdom comes to us in dreams.
Eighty years old! No eyes left, no ears, no teeth, no legs, no wind!
And when all is said and done, how astonishingly well one does without them!
Even death is unreliable; instead of zero it may be some ghastly
hallucination, such as the square root of minus one.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett
Every day in my old age is more important than I can say. It will
never return. When one takes one’s leave of life, one notices how much one has
left undone. Jean Sibelius
Every time I think that I’m getting old and gradually going to the
grave, something else happens. Lillian Carter
Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend. Marian Anderson
Friendship remains. Somehow, love remains - and the most precious
gift, doubt. Jorge Luis Borges
From birth to eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to
thirty-five, she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five, good
personality. From fifty-five on, she needs good cash.
From my experience of life I believe my personal motto should be
“Beware of men bearing flowers.” Muriel Spark
Give me all the luxuries of life, and I will willingly do without the
necessities. Frank Lloyd Wright
Go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize after something’s
been done than to get permission ahead of time. Grace
Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.
Good days are to be gathered like sunshine in grapes, to be trodden
and bottled into wine and kept for age to sip at ease beside the fire. If the
traveler has vintaged well, he need trouble to wander no longer; the ruby
moments glow in his glass at will. Freya Stark
Growing old - it’s not nice, but it’s interesting.
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
He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.
Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that
we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we
might have done which we did not do. For me, the conception of Hell lies in two
words: “too late.” Gian-Carlo Menotti
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
Hold fast to time! Use it! Be conscious of each day, each hour! They
slip away unnoticed all too easily and swiftly. Thomas
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?
How unnatural the imposed view that passionate love belongs only to
the young. May Sarton
However often the thread may be torn out of your hands, you must
develop enough patience to wind it up again and again.
However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always
rationalize his right to earn money. Raymond Chandler
I adore life but I don’t fear death. I just prefer to die as late as
possible. Georges Simenon
I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of them never
happened. Mark Twain
I am delighted to find that even at my age great ideas come to me,
the pursuit and development of which should require another lifetime.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I am old enough to tell the truth. It is one of the privileges of age.
I am profoundly grateful to old age, which has increased my eagerness
for conversation and taken away that for food and drink.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is ready for the ordeal
of meeting me is another matter. Winston Churchill
I asked myself the question, “What do you want of your life?” and I
realized with a start of recognition and terror, “Exactly what I have - but to
be commensurate, to handle it all better.” May Sarton
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the
formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.
Herbert Bayard Swope
I cut my own hair. I got sick of barbers because they talk too much.
And too much of their talk was about my hair falling out.
I do not believe that true optimism can come about except through
tragedy. Madeleine L’Engle
I don’t care, frankly, what people think. I do what I like.
I don’t know what I may seem to the world, but, as to myself, I seem
to have been only like a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself in
now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst
the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
I don’t know whether my life has been a success or a failure. But not
having any anxiety about becoming one instead of the other, and just taking
things as they came along, I’ve had a lot of extra time to enjoy life.
I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue
is lifeless and isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them.
I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars. I look around for one-foot
bars that I can step over. Warren Buffett
I get up before anyone else in my household, not because sleep has
deserted me in my advancing years, but because an intense eagerness to live
draws me from my bed. Maurice Goudeket
I have a simple philosophy: fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And
scratch where it itches. Alice Roosevelt Longworth
I have begun in old age to understand just how oddly we are all put
together. We are so proud of our autonomy that we seldom, if ever, realize how
generous we are to ourselves, and just how stingy with others. One of the booby
traps of freedom - which is bordered on all sides by isolation - is that we
think so well of ourselves. I now see that I have helped myself to the best cuts
at life’s banquet. Saul Bellow
I have everything now that I had twenty years ago, except now it’s
all lower. Gypsy Rose Lee
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find
out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry
I have had dreams and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares
because of my dreams. Jonas Salk
I have learned to read the papers calmly and not to hate the fools I
read about. Edmund Wilson
I have thousands of opinions still, but that is down from millions
and, as always, I know nothing. Harold Brodkey
I hope I have a young outlook. Since I have an old everything else,
this is my one chance of having a bit of youth as a part of me.
I learned that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to
go back - the the essence of life is to go forward. Life really is a One Way
Street. Agatha Christie
I live by one principle: Enjoy life with no conditions! People say,
“If I had your health, if I had your money, oh, I would enjoy myself.” It is not
true. I would be happy if I were lying sick in a hospital bed. It must
come from the inside. That is the one thing I hope to have contributed to my
children, by example and by talk: to make no conditions, to understand that life
is a wonderful thing and to enjoy it, every day, to the full.
I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons
that will inevitably come. And then I go on the next thing, whatever it is. One
luckily doesn’t have to bother about that. Agatha
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We
shall rise refreshed in the morning. Benjamin Franklin
I, personally, have succeeded in living nearly eighty-five years
without taking any trouble about my diet. Bertrand
I really thought I could do something to change the world. I soon
found out you can’t change the world. The best you can do is learn to live with
it. Henry Miller
I regret having been so polite in the past. I’d like to trample on at
least a dozen people. Harold Brodkey
I still have two abiding passions. One is my model railway, the other
- women. But, at the age of eighty-nine, I find I am getting just a little too
old for model railways. Pierre Monteux
I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than
forward. May Sarton
I take a simple view of living: It is Keep your eyes open and get on
with it. Laurence Olivier
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. Nancy Astor
I used to have a sign over my computer that read OLD DOGS CAN LEARN
NEW TRICKS, but lately I sometimes ask myself how many more new tricks I want to
learn. Wouldn’t it be easier just to be outdated? Ram
I want to die young at an advanced age. Max
If A is a success in life, then
A equals x
plus y plus z.
Work is x; y
is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
If He has given us one marvelous gift, it is that He does not permit
us to know the future. It would be unbearable. Edward
If I had known when I was twenty-one that I should be as happy as I
am now, I should have been sincerely shocked. They promised me wormwood and the
funeral raven. Christopher Isherwood
If I had my life to live over again, I’d make the same mistakes -
only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead
If old age means a crown of thorns, the trick is to wear it jauntily.
Clare Booth Luce
If we do not know about life, how can we know about death?
If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or
clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack. Winston
If you knew that you were going to die tonight, or merely that you
would have to go away and never return, would you, looking upon men and things
for the last time, see them in the same light that you have hitherto seen them?
Would you not love as you never yet have loved? Maurice
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. Mary Kay Ash
If you want immortality - make it. Joaquin
If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.
I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again.
I’m at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In
fact, I’ve just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.
I’m going to be eighty soon, and I guess the one thing that puzzles
me most is how quick it got here. Roy Acuff
I’m having a glorious old age. One of my greatest delights is that I
have outlived most of the opposition. Maggie Kuhn
I’m just the same age I’ve always been.
I’ve always been in the right place at the right time. Of course, I steered myself there. Bob Hope
In a curious way, age is simpler than youth, for it has so many fewer
options. Stanley Kunitz
In July, when I bury my nose in a hazel bush, I feel fifteen years
old again. It’s good! It smells of love! Camille Corot
In youth we learn, in age we understand.
Inside every seventy-year-old is a thirty-five-year-old asking, “What
happened?” Ann Landers
It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.
It is high time for me to depart, for at my age I now begin to see
things as they really are. Le Bovier de Fontenelle
It is the beginning of the end when you discover you have style.
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must
never label a necessary evil as good. Margaret Mead
It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but
the best, you very often get it. W. Somerset Maugham
It isn’t for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for
the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.
It reduces itself to this. You have to be in the right place at the
right time, but when it comes, you better have something on the ball.
It’s ill-becoming for an old broad to sing about how bad she wants
it. But occasionally we do. Lena Horne
It’s life, isn’t it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on
and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels.
It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
I’ve never really learnt how to live, and I’ve discovered too late
that life is for living. John Charles Walsham Reith
It’s worth asking: what do you want? It gets harder to answer as you
get older. The answer gets subtler and subtler. John
Last night I had a typical cholesterol-free dinner: baked squash,
skimmed milk, and gelatin. I’m sure this will not make me live any longer, but I
know it’s going to seem longer. Groucho Marx
Learning and sex until rigor mortis. Maggie
Let us cherish and love old age, for it is full of pleasure, if you
know how to use it. The best morsel is reserved for last.
Life has got to be lived - that’s all there is to it.
Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked
and even hated, but for our qualities. Bernard Berenson
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot.
Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even
when we are reduced to immobility. In life’s ledger there is no such thing as
frozen assets. Henry Miller
Life is full of miracles, but they’re not always the ones we pray
for. Eve Arden
Life is the combination of magic and pasta, of fantasy and of reality.
Life itself is the proper binge. Julia Child
Lifelong enemies are, I think, as hard to make and as important to
one’s well-being as friends. Jessica Mitford
Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as the sun declines.
Literally thousands of wonderful friends have accompanied me in life,
and many now await me in the secret eternity to come. I have enjoyed the long
voyage. Ansel Adam
Live your life and forget your age. Norman
Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice,
golden sunsets and black storms. I said that some time ago, and today I do not
think I would add one word. Laurence Olivier
Lots of old people don’t get wise, but you don’t get wise unless you
age. Joan Erikson
Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
Most people are such fools that it is really no great compliment to
say that a man is above the average. W. Somerset
Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.
My eyes have seen much, but they are not weary. My ears have heard
much, but they thirst for more. Rabindranath Tagore
My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are faces that peer
over my shoulder. William Golding
Never contradict. Never explain. Never apologize. Those are the
secrets of a happy life. Baron Fisher
Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How
awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.
Never have I enjoyed youth so thoroughly as I have in my old age.
Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s
experience. Victoria Holt
Never retire! Do what you do and keep doing it. But don’t do it on
Friday. Take Friday off. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, do fishing, do sexual
activities, watch Fred Astaire movies. Then from Monday to Thursday, do what
you’ve been doing all your life, unless it’s lifting bags of potatoes off the
back of a truck. I mean, after eighty-five that’s hard to do. My point is: Live
fully and don’t retreat. Mel Brooks
No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect. If it is right,
it will be simple in retrospect. Edward Teller
No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children
for signs of improvement. Florida Scott-Maxwell
Nothing depresses me anymore. For a while in your life you worry
about the passage of time and getting old and... after a while you just say, “My
God, does it matter? Get on with it.” Bobby Short
Nothing except possibly love and death are of importance, and even
the importance of death is somewhat ephemeral, as no one has yet faxed back a
reliable report. Gerald Durrell
Nothing happens, and nothing happens, and everything happens.
Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did.
Obey the voice within - it commands us to give of ourselves and help
others. As long as we have the capacity to give, we are alive.
Oh, death is no problem for me. If I go while we’re talking, I’m
ready. My mother had a wonderful philosophy on that. Every time she lost
somebody, it was, “Well, there’s one thing we don’t know the answer to - and now
he knows it.” Betty White
Old age ain’t for sissies. Bette Davis
Old age and the wear of time teach many things.
Old age equalizes - we are unaware that what is happening to us has
happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. When we are young, we act
as if we were the first young people in the world. Eric
Old age hangs on you like an old overcoat.
Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at
least one outrageous thing every week. Maggie Kuhn
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard,
there is nothing you can do. Golda Meir
Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge.
The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views
become more extensive. Ingrid Bergman
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got
to start young. Fred Astaire
On the whole, age comes more gently to those who have some doorway
into an abstract world - art or philosophy or learning - regions where the years
are scarcely noticed and the young and the old can meet in a pale, truthful
light. Freya Stark
One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is
that of Not Going. J.B. Priestley
One of the oddest things in life, I think, is the things one
remembers. Agatha Christie
One of the things that happens when you get older is your ear hairs
really start growing. Can’t stand ’em, so I was ’em out. Barber pours the wax
around my ears, lets it settle, then pulls. You can hear a ripping noise as the
hairs come out. T. Boone Pickesn
One starts to get young at the age of sixty, and then it is too late.
One thing I have certainly learnt - not to have a good opinion of
myself. William Ralph Inge
Only of one thing I am sure: when I dream, I am always ageless.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time
we fall. Confucius
Our only purpose in life is growth. There are no accidents.
People tend to gain in tolerance and grow more generous-spirited as
they get older, but on the other hand, we often lose connectedness and some
degree of interest in what’s going on, so our generosity is not all that
expensive to us. Edward Hoagland
Perhaps one has to be old before one learns how to be amused rather
than shocked. Pearl S. Buck
Perhaps the most important things are those we don’t remember in a
precise way, that we remember unconsciously. Jorge Luis
Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
Security is mostly superstition. Avoiding danger is no safer in the
long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Sixty years ago, I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is
a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will
Sometimes I wonder whether I’ve given up too much for the theater,
but I have one big consolation - money. Hermione
Success is a two-bladed golden sword - it knights one and stabs one
at the same time. Mae West
Swim, dance a little, go to Paris every August, and live within
walking distance of two hospitals. Horatio Luro
That’s the difference between a champ and a knife thrower. The champ
may have lost his stuff temporarily or permanently, he can’t be sure. But when
he can no longer throw his hard high one, he throws his heart instead. He throws
something. He just doesn’t walk off the mound and weep.
The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants
another which will last forever. Anatole France
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party,
when the masks are dropped. Arthur Schopenhauer
The dominant thought of youth is the bigness of the world, of age its
smallness. John Buchan
The great man is one who never loses his child’s heart.
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
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the
other ages you’ve been. Madeleine L’Engle
The greatest dignity to be found in death is the dignity of the life
that preceded it. Hope resides in the meaning of what our lives have been.
Sherwin B. Nuland
The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love
that an old man has for his wife. Will Durant
The majority of people feel they must be doing something all the
time. Many who sit all day in an office or clean the house or work in a factory
think that if they sit down at a sidewalk cafe and fold their arms and look at
people, they are merely wasting time. They are wrong. In watching people and
enjoying life, they may only then be truly alive. Artur
The man who works and is never bored is never old. Work and interest
in worthwhile things are the best remedy for age. Each day I am reborn. Each day
I must begin again. John Jerome
The old days were the old days. And they were great days. But now is
now. Don Rickles
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
The older you get, the stronger the wind gets - and it’s always in
your face. Jack Nicklaus
The real challenge is not simply to survive - anyone can do that.
It’s to survive as yourself, undiminished. Elia Kazan
The secret to my success was that somehow I always managed to live to
fly another day. Chuck Yeager
The thing you are ripening toward is the fruit of your life. It will
make you bright inside, no matter what you are outside. It is a shining thing.
Stewart Edward White
The whiter my hair becomes, the more ready people are to believe what
I say. Bertrand Russell
The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.
Logan Pearsall Smith
The older one gets, the more one feels that the present must be
enjoyed; it is a precious gift, comparable to a state of grace.
The only sin is mediocrity. Martha Graham
The present is the ever-moving shadow that divides yesterday from
tomorrow. In that lies hope. Frank Lloyd Wright
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie
about your age. Lucille Ball
The story of a love is not important - what is important is that one
is capable of love. It’s perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
The trick is growing up without growing old.
The years seem to rush by now, and I think of death as a
fast-approaching end of a journey. Double and treble reason for loving as well
as working while it is day. George Eliot
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will
not laugh is a fool. George Santayan
There are dreams of love, life, and adventure in all of us. But we
are also sadly filled with reasons why we shouldn’t try. these reasons seem to
protect us, but in truth they imprison us. They hold life at a distance. Life
will be over sooner than we think. If we have bikes to ride and people to love,
now is the time. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing
is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want
and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith
There is a certain kind of carefree that returns to you in old age,
different from the carefree of youth when you didn’t know any better. It’s more
like being free of caring. It isn’t joyous at all, as it was in youth, but it is
a kind of freedom, and all kinds of freedom are precious in some way.
There’s that “You’re only as old as you feel” business, which is fine
to a point, but you can’t be Shirley Temple on the Good Ship Lollipop forever.
Sooner or later, dammit, you’re old. Joan Crawford
There was never a great character who did not sometimes smash the
routine regulations and make new ones for himself.
They say stress is a killer. But I think no stress is equally deadly,
especially as you get older. If your days just seem to slip by without any highs
and lows, without some anxieties and pulse-quickening occurrences, you may not
be really living. Helen Hayes
Those docs, they always ask you how you live so long. I tell ’em: “If
I’d known I was gonna live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
To enter the country of old age is a new experience, different from
what you supposed it to be. Nobody, man or woman, knows the country until he has
lived in it and has taken out his citizenship papers.
To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven: the same key
opens the gates of hell. Richard P. Feynman
To get it right, be born with luck or else make it. Never give up.
Get the knack of getting people to help you, and also pitch in yourself. A
little money helps, but what really gets it right is never - I repeat - never
under any condition face the facts. Ruth Gordon
To me, life is like the back nine in golf. Sometimes you play better
on the back nine. You may not be stronger, but hopefully you’re wiser. And if
you keep most of your marbles intact, you can add a note of wisdom to the coming
generation. Clint Eastwood
To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
Tomorrow I shall be sixty-nine, but I do not seem to care. I did not
start the affair, and I have not been consulted about it at any step.
William Dean Howells
Train your will to concentrate on a limited objective. When young,
you spread your effort over too many things. If your try fails, what does it
matter - all life is a failure in the end. The thing is to get sport out of
trying. Sir Francis Chichester
Twenty can’t be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty
gets bored stiff with twenty’s eternal love affairs.
Unfortunately, may people do not consider fun an important item on
their daily agenda. For me, that was always high priority in whatever I was
doing. Chuck Yeager
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But if that drop was not in the ocean, It think the ocean would be less because
of that missing drop. Mother Teresa
What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.
What have I done to achieve longevity? Woken up each morning and
tried to remember not to wear my hearing aid in the bath.
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the
breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across
the grass and loses itself in the sunset. Crowfoot
When I was forty and looking at sixty, it seemed like a thousand
miles away. But sixty-two feels like a week and a half away from eighty. I must
now get on with those things I always talked about doing but put off.
When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making
a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks. Albert
When I was young, I observed that nine out of every ten things I did
were failures, so I did ten times more work. George
When I was young, I used to have successes with women because I was
young. Now I have successes with women because I am old. Middle age was the hard
part. Artur Rubinstein
When I was young, there was no respect for the young, and now that I
am old, there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going.
When one has reached eighty-one, one likes to sit back and let the
world turn by itself, without trying to push it. Sean
When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest
things - not the great occasions - that in retrospect give off the greatest
glory of happiness. Bob Hope
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
When you get to my age, life seems little more than one long march to
and from the lavatory. John Mortimer
When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to
step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things
shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will
be taught how to fly. Edward Teller
When you know you’re right, you don’t care what others think. You
know sooner or later it will come out in the wash.
When young, beware of fighting; when strong, beware of sex; and when
old, beware of possession. Confucius
When you’re my age, you just never risk being ill - because then
everyone says, “Oh, he’s done for.” John Gielgud
Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young,
he may be sure they think he is getting old. Washington
While we drink, and call for garlands, for perfumes and for maidens,
old age is creeping on us unperceived. Juvenal
Why endeavor to straighten the road of life? The faster we travel,
the less there is to see. Helen Hayes
Worrying is the most natural and spontaneous of all human functions.
It is time to acknowledge this, perhaps even to learn to do it better.
You can’t have everything, even in California. Raymond Chandler
You can’t reach old age by another man’s road. My habits protect my
life but they would assassinate you. Mark Twain
You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t you do the next best thing. You back up, but you don’t give up. Chuck Yeager
You end up as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned. Fay Weldon
You know that I’m at death’s door. But the trouble is that I’m afraid to knock. W. Somerset Maugham
You make what seems to be a simple choice: Choose a man or a job or a neighborhood - and what you have chosen is not a man or a job or a neighborhood, but a life. Jessamyn West
You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about - the more you have left when anything happens. Ethel Barrymore
Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
You’re never too old to become younger. Mae West
You’re only as old as you feel is a refrain one hears enough that it must have some truth to it, though your oncologist might disagree. Edward Hoagland
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