Wisdom From Elders

Age doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese


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.” Dorothea Kent

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 Schweitzer

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


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.” Claude Pepper


After age seventy it’s patch, patch, patch. Jimmy Stewart

After your death, you will be what you were before your birth. Arthur Schopenhauer

Age doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese. Billie Burke


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 Picasso

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. Daniel-François-Esprit Auber

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. William Faulkner

As long as you can admire and love, then one is young forever. Pablo Casals

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. Henry Miller


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 Roosevelt


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. Ella Winter

Courage is a strange thing: One can never be sure of it. Raymond Chandler

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use. Ruth Gordon

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. Ruth Gordon

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. Albert Einstein

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. Henny Youngman

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. Groucho Marx

Don’t grow old without money, honey. Lena Horne

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. Sam Rayburn

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. Elizabeth Coatsworth


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. Bernard Baruch

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. Smohalla


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! Paul Claudel


Even death is unreliable; instead of zero it may be some ghastly hallucination, such as the square root of minus one. Samuel Beckett

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. Sophie Tucker


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 Murray Hopper

Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Jimmy Carter

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. August Strindberg

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


He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise. Lao-Tzu

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 Mann

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was? Satchel Paige


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. Walter Gropius

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. George Clemenceau


I am profoundly grateful to old age, which has increased my eagerness for conversation and taken away that for food and drink. Cicero

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. Robert Frost


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. Julia Child

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. Isaac Newton

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. Harpo Marx


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. Boris Pasternak

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 S. Truman


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. Richard Armour


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. Artur Rubinstein


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 Christie

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 Russell

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 Dass


I want to die young at an advanced age. Max Lerner

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. Albert Einstein

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 G. Robinson

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? Confucius


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 Churchill

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 Maeterlinck


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 Miller


If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent. Bette Davis

I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again. Casey Stengel


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. Rodney Dangerfield


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. Carolyn Wells


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. Marie Ebner-Eschenbach


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. Warren Buffett


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. Dashiell Hammett


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. Ella Fitzgerald

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. Groucho Marx

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. Katharine Hepburn


It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play. Dizzy Gillespie


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 Jerome


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 Kuhn


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. Seneca


Life has got to be lived - that’s all there is to it. Eleanor Roosevelt


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. Charlie Chaplin

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. Federico Fellini


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. Edward Young

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 Vincent Peale


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. Ray Kroc

Most people are such fools that it is really no great compliment to say that a man is above the average. W. Somerset Maugham


Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them. Louis Armstrong


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. Millicent Fenwick

Never have I enjoyed youth so thoroughly as I have in my old age. George Santayana

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. Fay Weldon


Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did. Lillian Hellman

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. Kirk Douglas


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. Sophocles


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 Hoffer

Old age hangs on you like an old overcoat. Quentin Crisp

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. Pablo Picasso

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. Elizabeth Coatsworth


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. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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 Borges


Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living. Mother Jones


Security is mostly superstition. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller


Sixty years ago, I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant

Sometimes I wonder whether I’ve given up too much for the theater, but I have one big consolation - money. Hermione Gingold

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. Raymond Chandler

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. Mencius

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


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 Rubinstein


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. Marie Curie


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. Helen Hayes

The trick is growing up without growing old. Casey Stengel

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. Albert Einstein


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. Federico Fellini


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. Andrew Carnegie


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.” Eubie Blake


To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly. Colette

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. Malcolm Cowley

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. Bernard Baruch


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. Emily Carr

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. Colette


What have I done to achieve longevity? Woken up each morning and tried to remember not to wear my hearing aid in the bath. Robert Morley


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. Harry Belafonte


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 Einstein


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 Bernard Shaw

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. J.B. Priestley


When one has reached eighty-one, one likes to sit back and let the world turn by itself, without trying to push it. Sean O’Casey

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. Barbara McClintock

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 Irving


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. Lewis Thomas


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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When passion rules, she never rules wisely. - Ben Franklin

Once you choose hope, anything's possible. - Christopher Reeve

At first we hope too much, later on, not enough. - Unknown

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. - Charles Horton Cooley

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope. - Ovid

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. - Albert Einstein

Success is dependent on the glands - the sweat glands. - Zig Ziglar

Inspiration fires you up; motivation keeps you burning. - Stuart Aken

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. - Paul Cezanne

The computer is down. I hope it's something serious. - Stanton Delaplane

Where there is no future before a people, there is no hope. - Edward Wilmot Blyden

Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. - Napoleon Hill

No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration. - Cicero

Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work. - Harvey Mackay

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. - Dale Carnegie

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. - Salvador Dali

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. - Adam Smith

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes. - Doug Larson

Just get a bag and drop a dream in it, and you'll be surprised what happens. - Charles N. Reilly

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill

Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest. - Christian Dior

It is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven't been willing to try. - Unknown

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

The romantic idealism of my youth has been replaced with realism and hard work at what I love. - Monique Roffey

A continued atmosphere of hectic passion is very trying if you haven't got any of your own. - Dorothy L. Sayers

It's difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope for tomorrow. - Robert H. Goddard

Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Don't look back, you can never look back. - Don Henley

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. - John Wooden

He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears but by diligent hard work, he overcame them. - James Reston

Its success lies in the fact that it's an insurance plan, not an investment plan or a welfare plan. - James Roosevelt

Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not? - George Bernard Shaw

Dream your dream; and realize that you are more than just the dreamer, you are the point of origin for its reality. - Steve Maraboli

The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible. - Joel Brown

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. - Johann Gottfried Von Herder

The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." - Maria Montessori

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. - John Foster Dulles

Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation. - John Wooden

Ego stops you from getting things done and getting people to work with you. That's why I firmly believe that ego and success are not compatible. - Harvey Mackay

No one is going to hand me success. I must go out and get it myself. That's why I'm here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world and myself. - Unknown


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