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Old minds are like horses. You must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
John Adams

An old man is twice a child.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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

Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.
Jonathan Swift

Old age ain't no place for sissies.
Bette Davis

When people tell you how young you look, they are also telling you how old you are.
Cary Grant

Before the age of thirty, people live by addition, constantly acquiring the things they need
from the world: experience, wealth, relationships, reputation, and so on. But the more
material things we have, the more perplexed and doubtful we become. After thirty, we have
to start learning to live by subtraction - you must learn to let go of the things that are not
what your soul really needs.
Yu Dan

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

You're as old as you behave.
Harvey Mackay

Eyes of youth have sharp sight, but commonly not so deep as those of elder age.
Elizabeth I

Who has not the spirit of his age, of his age has all the unhappiness.
Voltaire

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Mark Twain

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
Eleanor Roosevelt

No man loves life like him that's growing old.
Sophocles

Few people know how to be old.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

It may be true that life begins at forty, but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or
spread out.
Beryl Pfizer

A man may die old at thirty and young at eighty.
English proverb

Suddenly you find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you,
... as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.
Agatha Christie

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
Benjamin Franklin

Whatever a man's age may be, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-colored
flower in his buttonhole.
Mark Twain

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

I have no romantic feelings about age. Either you are interesting at any age or you are not.
There is nothing particularly interesting about being old - or being young, for that matter.
Katharine Hepburn

Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it
was to be young.
Joanne K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
William James

One of the best established and least surprising findings in psycholgy is that as we age, we
slow down. Remembering things, solving unfamiliar problems - these take about twice as long
in our sixties as they did in out twenties. We move more slowly. Coordinating our arms and
legs is more difficult. We've all seen it happen, and anyone in their thirties or beyond has
experienced it. So we might reasonably suppose that this unavoidable trend spells doom for
excellent performance. If our minds and bodies deteriorate with the march of time, there
would seem to be nothing we can do to maintain top-level performance beyond a certain
number of years. Thus it's surprising to find that this isn't true at all, and not just in a few
notable cases, but generally. Somehow, excellent performers manage to continue achieving
high levels well beyond the point where age-related declines would seem to make that
impossible... Studies in a very broad range of domains - management, aircraft piloting, music,
bridge, and others - show consistently that excellent performers suffer the same age-related
declines in speed and general cognitive abilities as everyone else - except in their field of
expertise.
Geoff Colvin

I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent's hair.
Andre Agassi

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

In a dream you are never eighty.
Anne Sexton

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.
George Santayana

You will stay young as long as you learn, form new habits and don't mind being contradicted.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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

Youth is when you blame all your troubles on your parents; maturity is when you learn that
everything is the fault of the younger generation.
Harald Coffin

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh - at yourself.
Ethel Barrymore

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