Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith ‘A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!’
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
I think in twenty years I’ll be looked at like Bob Hope. Doing those president jokes and golf shit. It scares me.
—Eddie Murphy (b.1961) American Actor
It’s hard to believe that some day I’ll be an ancestor.
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 (1919–2013) British Novelist, Poet
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 (428 BCE–347 BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Mathematician, Educator
A snow year, a rich year.
—George Herbert (1593–1633) Welsh Anglican Poet, Orator, Clergyman
You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
—Cicero (106BCE–43BCE) Roman Philosopher, Orator, Politician, Lawyer
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
—Franz Kafka (1883–1924) Austrian Novelist, Short Story Writer
Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.
—Walt Whitman (1819–92) American Poet, Essayist, Journalist, American, Poet, Essayist, Journalist
To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.
—Samuel Beckett (1906–1989) Irish Novelist, Playwright
The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.
—George MacDonald (1824–1905) Scottish Novelist, Lecturer, Poet
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 know he can’t.
—Clarence Darrow (1857–1938) American Civil Liberties Lawyer
I venerate old age; and I love not the man who can look without emotion upon the sunset of life, when the dusk of evening begins to gather over the watery eye, and the shadows of twilight grow broader and deeper upon the understanding.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82) American Poet, Educator, Academic
Someday you will read in the papers that Moody is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I was born of the flesh in 1837, I was born of the spirit in 1855. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit shall live forever.
—Dwight L. Moody (1837–99) Christian Religious Leader, Publisher
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 Motter Inge (1913–73) American Playwright, Novelist
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are.
—Satchel Paige (1906–82) American Baseball Player
Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at mid-day.
—Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) English Educationalist
Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age.
—Jeanne Moreau (1928–2017) French Stage, Screen Actor, Singer
How confusing the beams from memory’s lamp are;
One day a bachelor, the next a grampa.
What is the secret of the trick?
How did I get so old so quick?
—Ogden Nash (1902–71) American Writer of Sophisticated Light Verse
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 (1885–1967) French Novelist, Biographer
No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
—Terence (c.195–159 BCE) Roman Comic Dramatist
Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty; for in my youth I never did apply hot and rebellious liquors in my blood; and did not, with unbashful forehead, woo the means of weakness and debility: therefore my age is as a lusty winter, frosty but kindly.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.
—Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816) Irish-born British Playwright, Poet, Elected Rep
An old young man, will be a young old man.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
A man’s years should not be counted until he has something else to count.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
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 (1881–1960) American Columnist, Radio Personality, Author
That judges of important causes should hold office for life is not a good thing, for the mind grows old as well as the body.
—Aristotle (384BCE–322BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scholar
If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
—Larry McMurtry (1936–2021) American Novelist, Screenwriter
A graceful and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality.
—Pindar (c.518–c.438 BCE) Greek Lyric Poet