quotations about old age
The old are in a second childhood.
ARISTOPHANES, The Clouds
I'm eighty-three and homeless. It was the same when World War II ended. The Army kept me on because I could type, so I was typing other people's discharges and stuff. And my feeling was "Please, I've done everything I was supposed to do. Can I go home now?" That what I feel right now. I've written books. Lots of them. Please, I've done everything I'm supposed to do. Can I go home now? I've wondered where home is. It's when I was in Indianapolis when I was nine years old. Had a dog, a cat, a brother, a sister.
KURT VONNEGUT, JR., Rolling Stone, August 24, 2006
When you get old, you can't talk to people because people snap at you.... That's why you become deaf, so you won't be able to hear people talking to you that way.
EDWARD ALBEE, The American Dream
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made.
ROBERT BROWNING, Rabbi ben Ezra
I do not wish to grow old, to outlive my illusions. Only a short respite from cares and sorrow, a brief time of flowers, and music, and love, and laughter, and ecstatic tears.
ANNE REEVE ALDRICH, "An Evening With Callender"
I truly believe that age -- if you're healthy -- age is just a number.
HUGH HEFNER, interview, April 8, 2006
Once a happy old man
One can never change the core of things, and light burns you the harder for it.
JOHN ASHBERY, "A Last World"
There is this difference between the grief of youth and that of old age: youth's burden is lightened by as much of it as another shares; old age may give and give, but the sorrow remains the same.
O. HENRY, "The Count and the Wedding Guest"
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
LEON TROTSKY, Diary in Exile
There is no place in which to hide
When Age comes seeking for his bride.
JOYCE KILMER, "Age Comes A-Wooing"
It must be confessed that life after forty is an anti-climax, gradual indeed, and progressive with some, but steep and rapid with others. It would be well if old age diminished our perceptibilities to pain, in the same proportion that it does our sensibilities to pleasure; and if life has been termed a feast, those favoured few are the most fortunate guests, who are not compelled to sit at the table, when they can no longer partake of the banquet.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, The Summing Up
No man loves life like him that's growing old.
SOPHOCLES, fragment, Acrisius
When we're young we have faith in what is seen, but when we're old we know that what is seen is traced in air and built on water.
MAXWELL ANDERSON, Winterset
Old men's prayers for death are lying prayers, in which they abuse old age and long extent of life. But when death draws near, not one is willing to die, and age no longer is a burden to them.
There's one advantage to being 102. There's no peer pressure.
DENNIS WOLFBERG, Humorous Quotes for All Occasions
All my life I've been taught how to die, but no one ever taught me how to grow old.
BILLY GRAHAM, Newsweek, August 14, 2006
The Disappointment of Manhood succeeds to the delusion of Youth: let us hope that the heritage of Old Age is not Despair.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Vivian Grey
Amidst all the wonders recorded in holy writ no instance can be produced where a young woman from real inclination has preferred an old man.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, September 30, 1779