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Quotes about old age

by grandpaw7 / November 21, 2005 8:55 PM PST

I liked Diane's story very much. It got me to seeing what different people have said about old age. I didn't want to detract from Diane's story, so I post them here instead of there for anyone interested. PLease delete the sayings you don't like, but leave the rest.

I'm not growing old, I'm just ripening.

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age.
Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. [Drat it]

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. [not about old age, but I thought it was cute.]

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

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

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

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

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

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.

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

The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.

Find an aim in life before you run out of ammunition.

Adolph Zukor, on approaching his hundredth birthday
If I'd known how old I was going to be I'd have taken better care of myself.

Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 3.4.283
Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance.

The gardener's rule applies to youth and age:
When young "sow wild oats," but when old, grow sage.

Richard Needham
For the first half of your life, people tell you what you should do; for the second half, they tell you what you should have done.

Tom Wilson
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age.
Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. [That was a big disappointment.]

Some say love it is a river
that drowns the tender reed
Some say love it is a razer
that leaves your soul to blead

Some say love it is a hunger
an endless aching need
I say love it is a flower
and you it's only seed

It's the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance
It's the dream afraid of wakingthat never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken
who cannot seem to give
and the soul afraid of dyingthat never learns to live

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2 poets and a comedian
by grimgraphix / November 21, 2005 11:06 PM PST
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Browning said "grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was meant" or some words to that effect.

Margaret Little, a citizen poet I know, and a great lady, told me flat out one day with no prose attached that "getting old aint for the weak"

Finally (forgive me ladies but I found this funny) a comedian on TV said "why is it, that as men grow old they look more and more like Sean Connery... but as women grow older they look more and more like Sean Connery ?"


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I think your poet friend borrowed the quote
by Bill Osler / November 22, 2005 3:07 AM PST
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I think the original was:
"Getting old is not for sissies"
Bette Davis
Of course, Ms Davis may have borrowed it from somebody else.

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Speaking of growing old and looking like
by John Robie / November 22, 2005 3:19 AM PST
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My wife just showed me the new 2005 nickle (5 cent) coin. It has a guy's face on it that looks just like my Dad when he was younger. Don't know who he is (haven't checked google), all it has on that side is "IN GOD WE TRUST", "liberty", and "2005" (without the quotation marks).

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I think it's still Thomas Jefferson
by Bill Osler / November 22, 2005 5:53 AM PST

They did an update of the nickels in honor of the Lewis & Clark expedition and the Louisiana Purchase:
US Mint Page

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(NT) (NT) That's it, thanks.
by John Robie / November 22, 2005 10:10 AM PST
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My aunt used to say
by John Robie / November 22, 2005 12:53 AM PST
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when she was 86 and in a nursing home that she was a young girl in a old worn out body. A retired school teacher, she never lost her sense of humor or great mind right up to the end.

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My mom used to say
by Diana Forum moderator / November 22, 2005 12:09 PM PST
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It's terrible getting old - you forget things and loose your words. I told her that it ran in the family - I've been doing it since I was a kid. I can usually find other people's words faster than my own.

I remember Grandma going through the kids', grandkids' and dogs' names before I would say "Diana".

And I believe the current saying is 'Getting old isn't for wimps'.


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