Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.


Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

Betty Friedan

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

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

I am not young enough to know everything.

Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.

Oscar Wilde

The golden age is before us, not behind us.


The best part about being my age is in knowing how my life worked out. Sure, there's a lot more living to go, but there isn't much doubt that I'll always be the 'Dilbert guy.' Unless I go on a crime spree, in which case I'll be 'that stabbin' Dilbert guy.'

Scott Adams

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom;No wisdom but in submission to the gods.Big words are always punished,And proud men in old age learn to be wise.


A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Once I had learnt my twelve times table (at the age of three) it was downhill all the way.

Fred Hoyle

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

Benjamin Franklin

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.

Alfred North Whitehead

We grow too soon old and too late smart.

Dutch Proverb

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.

Cyril Connolly

To remain young while growing old is the highest blessing.

German Proverb

I was always taught to respect my elders and I've now reached the age when I don't have anybody to respect.

George F. Burns

People age even when you're not looking.

Randy K. Milholland

Age to me means nothing. I can't get old; I'm working. I was old when I was twenty-one and out of work. As long as you're working, you stay young. When I'm in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age.

George F. Burns

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

Henri Frederic Amiel

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.

Gore Vidal

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Young people have an almost biological destiny to be hopeful.

Marshall Ganz

It is not the end of joy that makes old age so sad, but the end of hope.

Jean Paul Richter

I grow more intense as I age.

Florida Scott Maxwell

You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.

Anouk Aimee

The tendency of old age to the body, say the physiologists, is to form bone. It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old man whose opinions are not ossified.

Bob Wells

An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.


I am thirty-three - the age of the good Sans-culotte Jesus; an age fatal to revolutionists.

Gerald Brenan

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

One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.

William Feather

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

Ogden Nash

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all.

Doris Lessing

Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so.

Tryon Edwards

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

Groucho Marx

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.

Satchel Paige

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

Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.

Edith Wharton

In middle age we are apt to reach the horrifying conclusion that all sorrow, all pain, all passionate regret and loss and bitter disillusionment are self-made.

Kathleen Norris

The older I get, the more I feel almost beautiful...

Sharon Olds

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

H. L. Mencken

The mere process of growing old together will make our slightest acquaintances seem like bosom friends.

Logan Pearsall Smith

If one age believes too much it is natural that another believes too little.

Ludwig Borne

The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.

Doug Larson

I might be just twenty-six, but I'm an old woman in disguise... twenty-six goin'on sixty-five.

Aretha Franklin

I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!

Leo Rosten

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

Karl von Bonstetten

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

Franklin Pierce Adams

I never feel age...If you have creative work, you don't have age or time.

Louise Nevelson

You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.

Michael Pritchard

We who are of mature age seldom suspect how unmercifully and yet with what insight the very young judge us.

W. Somerset Maugham

As you get older, you find that often the wheat, disentangling itself from the chaff, comes out to meet you.

Gwendolyn Brooks

When you're young, the silliest notions seem the greatest achievements.

Pearl Bailey

As you know, no one over thirty years of age is afraid of tittle-tattle. I myself find it much less difficult to strangle a man than to fear him.

Christina Of Sweden

Every schoolmaster after the age of forty-nine, is inclined to flatulence is apt to swallow frequently and to puff.

Harold Nicolson

You're never too old to become younger.

Mae West

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

Casey Stengel

A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. I reckon, he said, with a twinkle in his eye, it because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.

Garson Kanin

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

Harold Coffin

The heads of strong old age are beautiful beyond all grace of youth.

Robinson Jeffers

I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. 'Don't complain about growing old - many, many people do not have that privilege.'

Earl Warren

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

Bill Vaughn

I am an old man, but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life.

Pablo Casals

After 12 years, the old butterflies came back. Well, I guess at my age you call them moths.

Franco Harris

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

Doris Day

The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.

Randall Jarrell

Few people know how to be old.

Maggie Kuhn

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.

George Santayana

A young man is embarrassed to question an older one.


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

At age 50, every man has the face he deserves.

George Orwell

No matter how old you are, there's always something good to look forward to.

Lynn Johnston

To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

Bernard M. Baruch

Sure I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself some day.

Lillian Carter

At 34 she is an extremely beautiful woman, lavishly endowed by nature with a few flaws in the masterpiece: She has an insipid double chin, her legs are too short and she has a slight potbelly. She has a wonderful bosom, though.

Richard Burton

I grow old ever learning many things.


A major advantage of age is learning to accept people without passing judgment.

Liz Carpenter

With age come the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals?

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young.

Maggie Kuhn

Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending.

Anne Bradstreet

As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did.

Robert Benchley

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.

Abigail Van Buren

There are only three ages for women in Hollywood - Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.

Goldie Hawn

Do not become paralyzed and enchained by the set patterns which have been woven of old. No, build from your own youthful feeling, your own groping thought and your own flowering perception.

Lotte Lehmann

By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.

Marya Mannes

Age is the most terrible misfortune that can happen to any man; other evils will mend, this is every day getting worse.

George James

In case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.

Roger Allen

As we grow old…the beauty steals inward.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I want to grow old without facelifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I've made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you.

Marilyn Monroe

Age in a virtuous person, of either sex, carries in it an authority which makes it preferable to all the pleasures of youth.

Richard Steele, Sr.

After age seventy it's patch, patch, patch.

Jimmy Stewart

I have discovered the secret formula for a carefree old age: iycri = fi (if you can't recall it, forget it).

Goodman Ace

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.

Brigitte Bardot

People who say you're just as old as you feel are all wrong, fortunately.

Russell Baker

Discussing how old you are is the temple of boredom.

Ruth Gordon

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

Lucille Ball

The trick is growing up without growing old.

Casey Stengel

The age looks steadily to the redressing of wrong, to the righting of every form of error and injustice; and a tireless and prying philanthropy, which is almost omniscient, is one of the most hopeful characteristics of the time.

Mary Baker Eddy

When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully.

W. Somerset Maugham

When you're eighteen your emotions are violent, but they're not durable.

W. Somerset Maugham

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.


As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

Andrew Carnegie

When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.

Arthur Christopher Benson

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

Pearl S. Buck

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

Fay Weldon

Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.

Ellen Glasgow

Youth is a silly, vapid state, Old age with fears and ills is rife; This simple boon I beg of Fate - A thousand years of Middle Life.

Carolyn Wells

Age is…wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly.

Miriam Makeba

Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest.

Marilyn Ferguson

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming... suddenly you find - at the age of 50, say - that a whole new life has opened before you.

Agatha Christie

In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.

Edith Wharton

He who is of 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.


There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you.

Carol Matthau

It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.

George Sand

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

Tom Stoppard

Where is the path to Grown-Up Land? How do I get there? Or will I just get old, not understanding that I'm no longer young?

Tish Grier

I'm not dead. I mean, I may be getting older, but I'm not dead!

Sheryl Crow

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.

Eleanor Roosevelt

I think he [Archie Bunker] is in every man my age, no matter what he does, whether he's a vice president at Chase or a cab driver.

Carroll O'connor

Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternatives.

Maurice Chevalier

As we grow older, our bodies get shorter and our anecdotes longer.

Robert Quillen

We don't grow older, we grow riper.

Pablo Picasso

Young men's minds are always changeable, but when an old man is concerned in a matter, he looks both before and after.