Age quotes page 2
Old minds are like horses. You must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
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.
Every man desires to live long, but
no man would be old.
Old age ain't no place for
When people tell you how young you
look, they are also telling you how old you are.
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.
You can judge your age by the amount
of pain you feel when you come in contact with a
Pearl S. Buck
You're as old
as you behave.
Eyes of youth have sharp sight, but
commonly not so deep as those of elder age.
Who has not the spirit of his age, of his age has all the unhappiness.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
No man loves life like him that's growing old.
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
A man may die old at thirty and young at eighty.
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.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
Whatever a man's age may be, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-colored
flower in his buttonhole.
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.
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
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
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
I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent's hair.
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.
In a dream you are never eighty.
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.
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.
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.
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh - at yourself.