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- A -
Women will not simply be mainstreamed into the polluted stream. Women are changing the stream, making it clean and green and safe for all - every gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, age, and ability.
Bella Abzug

When you write your first book aged 25 or so, you have 25 years of experience, albeit much of it juvenile experience. The second book comes after an extra year sitting in bookshops. Pretty soon, you begin to run on empty.
Douglas Adams

Middle age occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.
Franklin P. Adams

There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important.
Franklin P. Adams

Years ago we discovered the exact point the dead center of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.
Franklin P. Adams

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

It is easy to believe that life is long and one's gifts are vast - easy at the beginning, that is. But the limits of life grow more evident; it becomes clear that great work can be done rarely, if at all.
Alfred Adler

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
Amos Bronson Alcott

While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
Amos Bronson Alcott

I recently turned sixty. Practically a third of my life is over.
Woody Allen

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
Henri Frédéric Amiel

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
French Proverb

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
BBC Radio Quote ... Unquote

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
Elizabeth Arden

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.

I am past thirty, and three parts iced over.
Matthew Arnold

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

- B -
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
Lauren Bacall

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Francis Bacon

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
Brigitte Bardot

You grew old first not in your own eyes, but in other people's eyes; then, slowly, you agreed with their opinion of you.
Julian Barnes

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
Bernard Baruch

Age is deformed, youth unkind,
We scorn their bodies, they our mind.

Thomas Bastard

You only have to survive in England and all is forgiven you ... if you can eat a boiled egg at ninety in England they think you deserve a Nobel Prize.
Alan Bennett

In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us.
Josh Billings

If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
On reaching the supposed age of 100, which many people believed to be 96.
Eubie Blake

To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love.
Alan Bleasdale

I am 46, and have been for some time past.
Anita Brookner

How does one keep from growing old inside? Surely only in community. The only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people? Taking community seriously not only gives us the companionship we need, it also relieves us of the notion that we are indispensable.
Robert McAfee Brown

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.

Robert Browning

The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.
Lyman Bryson

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.
Pearl S. Buck

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.
Pearl S. Buck

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.
Pearl S. Buck

We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.
Pearl S. Buck

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

Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.
Billie Burke

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
George Burns

To me - old age is always ten years older than I am.
John Burroughs

A lady of a certain age, which means Certainly aged.
George Byron

Years steal Fire from the mind as vigour from the limb; And Life's enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.
George Byron

- C -
God has forgotten me.
Referring to her long life at the age of 120.
Jeanne Calment

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
Albert Camus

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
Truman Capote

After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down.
Barbara Cartland

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

Old men are like that, you know. It makes them feel important to think they are in love with somebody.
Willa Cather

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
Willa Cather

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternatives.

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
Nicolas Chamfort

A woman has the age she deserves.
Coco Chanel

Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
George Chapman

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.
Maurice Chevalier

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
Maurice Chevalier

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
Agatha Christie

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.
Agatha Christie

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.

As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.

As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age: first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.

We've put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it.
Frank Howard Clark

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.
Harold Coffin

The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer.
Joan Collins

A man is as old as he's feeling, a woman as old as she looks.
Mortimer Collins

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

The Master said, At fifteen I set my heart on learning; at thirty I took my stand; at forty I came to be free from doubts; at fifty I understood the Decree of Heaven; at sixty my ear was attuned; at seventy I followed my heart's desire without overstepping the line.

First you are young; then you are middle-aged; then you are old; then you are wonderful.
Diana Cooper

Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries.
Bill Cosby

When you become senile, you won't know it.
Bill Cosby

Habit with him was all the test of youth,
It must be right: I've done it from my youth.

George Crabbe

There are things I'd wish weren't part of ageing. But what you gain is much more than you're giving up. I don't think you come into your own until you're 35 or so.
Cindy Crawford

The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
Quentin Crisp

The whole business of marshaling one's energies becomes more and more important as one grows older.
Hume Cronyn

- D -
We are all born naked and young.
Robert J. Dainard

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoléon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
Salvador Dali

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.
Clarence Darrow

Old age is no place for sissies.
Bette Davis

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
Doris Day

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
Doris Day

Old age is a shipwreck.
Charles de Gaulle

You are a human boy, my young friend.
A human boy. O glorious to be a human boy! ...
O running stream of sparkling joy
To be a soaring human boy!

Charles Dickens

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.
Emily Dickinson

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
Benjamin Disraeli

- E -
In youth we learn; in age we understand.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

You can stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits and suffer contradictions.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis.
Leon Edel

I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.
Thomas Edison

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
Letter to Otto Juliusburger.
Albert Einstein

I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
T. S. Eliot

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.
T. S. Eliot

All diseases run into one, old age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We as for long life, but 'tis deep life, or noble moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.
Sam Ewing

- F -
A man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn fool if he doesn't.
William Faulkner

Maturity is only a short break in adolescence.
Jules Feiffer

Being an old maid is like death by drowning - a really delightful sensation after you have ceased struggling.
Edna Ferber

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.
Jim Fiebig

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

So people think I'm lying about my age all the time? It's the records that are wrong. I've never told anyone how old I am. The minute they ask me, I say That's none of your business. So that means I've never once lied about my age. Now that's true!
Calista Flockhart

By the time we've made it, we've had it.
Malcolm Forbes

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them.
Harrison Ford

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford

He has a profound respect for old age. Especially when it's bottled.
Gene Fowler

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
Anatole France

All would live long, but none would be old.
Benjamin Franklin

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
Benjamin Franklin

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Robert Frost

Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty.
Robert Frost

- G -
Four spectres haunt the Poor - Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.
David Lloyd George

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.
Ira Gershwin

There is still no cure for the common birthday.
John Glenn

Age does not make us childish, as they say. It only finds us true children still.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
Graham Greene

- H -
In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
Knut Hamsun

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
Helen Hayes

Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
Denis Healey

Life is half spent before we know what it is.
George Herbert

Age, like distance lends a double charm.
Oliver Herford

Only the young die good.
Oliver Herford


As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.

Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.
If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slaves of permanence.

Even the hour of our death may send
Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces,
And life may summon us to newer races.
So be it, heart: bid farewell without end.

The Glass Bead Game
Hermann Hesse

I find that a man is as old as his work. If his work keeps him from moving forward, he will look forward with the work.
William E. Hocking

Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action inall spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.
Eric Hoffer

Oh, to be seventy again!
At age 87 while watching a pretty girl.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap.
Bob Hope

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
Bob Hope

You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
Bob Hope

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Kin Hubbard

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
Victor Hugo

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Victor Hugo

- I -
I think middle age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
William Ralph Inge

A tart temper mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.
Washington Irving

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Washington Irving

- J -
No man is ever old enough to know better.
Holbrook Jackson

It is so comic to hear oneself called old, even at ninety I suppose!
Alice James

How pleasant is the day when we give up striving to be young - or slender.
Alice James

I see no comfort in outliving one's friends, and remaining a mere monument of the times which are past.
Thomas Jefferson

Though an old man I am but a young gardener.
Thomas Jefferson

Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.
Thomas Jefferson

I am thirty, the same as our People's Republic. For a republic thirty is still young. But a girl of thirty is virtually on the shelf.
Zhang Jie

Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.

Every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world, of the petulance and insolence of the rising generation.
Samuel Johnson

Among all my patients in the second half of life ... there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.
Carl Jung

A child is owed the greatest respect; if you ever have something disgraceful in mind, don't ignore your son's tender years.

- K -
It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance its allotted length.
Helen Keller

Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.
Louis Kronenberger

- L -
The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
Madeleine L'Engle

Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms
Inside your head, and people in them, acting.
People you know, yet can't quite name.

Philip Larkin

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.
Doug Larson

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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 simplest toy, on which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.
Sam Levenson

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
C. S. Lewis

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.
Sinclair Lewis

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

- M -
Age is other things too. It is wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly. It is experience and knowledge. And it is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over.
Miriam Makeba

Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
Don Marquis

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
Don Marquis

From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
W. Somerset Maugham

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
W. Somerset Maugham

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
André Maurois

There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone; but, years after, we know it was much later.
Mignon McLaughlin

As long as any adult thinks that he, like the parents and teachers of old, can become introspective, invoking his own youth to understand the youth before him, he is lost.
Margaret Mead

Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
Golda Meir

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken

After thirty, a body has a mind of its own.
Bette Midler

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
A. A. Milne

I'm not that old.
Nicki Minaj

Age will bring all things, and everyone knows, Madame, that twenty is no age to be a prude.

I want to die young at a ripe old age.
Ashley Montagu

Old age puts more wrinkles in our minds than on our faces.
Michel de Montaigne

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.
Dwight L. Moody

Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age.
Jeanne Moreau

- N -
Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
Ogden Nash

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely!
Ogden Nash

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
Friedrich Nietzsche

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
Anaïs Nin

Middle age is when, wherever you go on holiday, you pack a sweater.
Denis Norden

- O -
I've been cushioned against having to work, with Rocky's continual bounty.
Richard O'Brien

At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.
George Orwell

- P -
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
Satchel Paige

I wore a padded bra every single day and night from the age of 14 until I was 31. Giving up padding was my New Year's resolution. I had known for ages that wearing a stuffed bra was a form of hiding my real body.
Sara Pascoe

In youth the days are short and the years are long. In old age the years are short and day's long.
Paul VI

Live your life and forget your age.
Norman Vincent Peale

It takes a long time to become young.
Pablo Picasso

My idea of hell is to be young again.
Marge Piercy

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
Arthur Wing Pinero

I used to anticipate my childhood birthday parties as if each were an annual coronation. Like most kids, I loved sitting at the head of the table with a crown on my head. In recent years, however, birthdays have been more like medical check-ups - no fun at all but necessary if one intends to stay alive from year to year.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.
Anthony Powell

We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
J. B. Priestley

- Q -

- R -
I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time.
Bonnie Raitt

The old begin to complain of the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short.
Eleanor Roosevelt

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Nowdays most women grow old gracefully; most men, disgracefully.
Helen Rowland

If you want to be a dear old lady at seventy, you should start early, say about seventeen.
Maude Royden

- S -
The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened. It's only the middle-aged who are really conscious of their limitations.

When I was young, I was told: You'll see, when you're fifty. I am fifty and I haven't seen a thing.
Erik Satie

enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own even if she never wants
to or needs to...
something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her
dreams wants to see her in an hour...
a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black
lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who
lets her cry...
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone
else in her family...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a
recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored...
a feeling of control over her destiny...
how to fall in love without losing herself..
when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...
what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...
whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't
take it personally...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...
what she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

Pamela Redmond Satran

As I grow older and older
And totter towards the tomb,
I find that I care less and less
Who goes to bed with whom.

Dorothy L. Sayers

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.
Mary Schmich

The secret of staying young is mixing with older people.
Ronnie Scott

Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly serene, but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

In a dream you are never eighty.
Anne Sexton

The joy that isn't shared dies young.
Anne Sexton

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.

The Passionate Pilgrim
William Shakespeare

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
George Bernard Shaw

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw

Youth is wasted on the young.
George Bernard Shaw

In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us.
Beverly Sills

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
Logan Pearsall Smith

One evil in old age is that as your time is come you think every little illness is the beginning of the end. When a man expects to be arrested every knock at the door is an alarm.
Sydney Smith

Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
Robert Southey

Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
Muriel Spark

When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
Muriel Spark

To age and imbecility resigned, I watch the struggles of my failing mind: Lumbering along the all-too-well-worn grooves. The poor old thing moves slowly - but it moves!
John Sparrow

The trick is growing up without growing old.
Casey Stengel

To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
Tom Stoppard

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Thomas Szasz

- T -
Age considers; youth ventures.
Rabindranath Tagore

It's difficult to know a person until he turns twenty-five - difficult to say what would happen to him ... but it is easy to recognise a twenty seven-year old - it can be said he's become what he's supposed to be, and from now on this is how his life would be guided, [if] there's anything left in his life to get astonished.
Rabindranath Tagore

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
Henry David Thoreau

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
Henry David Thoreau

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
James Thurber

With 60 staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs.
James Thurber

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
Leon Trotsky

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
Mark Twain

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
Mark Twain

I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me.
Mark Twain

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Mark Twain

Ageing doesn't mean giving up on style and individuality; it doesn't mean abandoning fashion and living in comfy slippers and flannel knickers.

I cried on my 18th birthday. I thought 17 was such a nice age. You're young enough to get away with things, but you're old enough, too.
Liv Tyler

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Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Samuel Ullman

Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.
John Updike

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The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine.
William E. Vaughan

The wonderful world of home appliances now makes it possible to cook indoors with charcoal and outdoors with gas.
William E. Vaughan

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.
William E. Vaughan

You will find as the children grow up that as a rule children are a bitter disappointment - their greatest object being to do precisely what their parents do not wish and have anxiously tried to prevent.

For certain people, after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex.
Gore Vidal

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.
Judith Viorst

Age carries all things away, even the mind.

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut

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There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
Fay Weldon

There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
Edith Wharton

There ought to be more grants that go to people in their late twenties and early thirties. That's a crucial age, although it's very hard to judge who is worth supporting and who is not. Looking back on my own life, I see that was the period when I was closest to giving up as a novelist and when I most needed some encouragement.
Edmund White

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
Oscar Wilde

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.
Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.
Oscar Wilde

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
Oscar Wilde

Those whom the gods hate die old.
Oscar Wilde

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
Oscar Wilde

When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know that it is.
Oscar Wilde

Young men want to be faithful and are not; old men want to be faithless and are not.
Oscar Wilde

It is a terrible thing for an old woman to outlive her dogs.
Tennessee Williams

By age forty you were either making a million a year or you were timid and incompetent.
Tom Wolfe

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
Virginia Woolf

The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.
William Wordsworth

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When you are old and gray and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read ...

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

William Butler Yeats

Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.
Edward Young

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