Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
—Felix Frankfurter (1882–1965) American Judge
Growing old isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.
—Maurice Chevalier (1888–1972) French Actor, Singer
Old age is a shipwreck.
—Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970) French General, Statesman
Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.
—Louis Kronenberger (1904–80) American Drama, Literary Critic
When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil’s leavings.
—Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Irish Satirist
It is a characteristic of old age to find the progress of time accelerated. The less one accomplishes in a given time, the shorter does the retrospect appear.
—Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835) German Philosopher, Linguist, Statesman
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
—Leon Trotsky (1879–1940) Russian Marxist Revolutionary
Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves.
—Phyllis Diller (b.1917) American Actor, Comedian
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright