165 Old Age Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Old Age Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man. — Leon Trotsky

Old age is the verdict of life. — Amelia E. Barr

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

Old age may seem a long way off. But on the day it doesn't, it will be too late to do anything about it. — Unknown

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought. — Rahel

The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job. — Thomas Hardy

Old age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived. — Emile M. Cioran

Slowly and imperceptibly old age comes creeping on. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Old age by nature is rather talkative. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Short Old Age Quotes

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  • Act your age, not your shoe size. — Prince
  • Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician. — Dorothy Parker
  • We turn not older with years but newer every day. — Emily Dickinson
  • Young men, listen to an old man to whom old men listened when he was young. — Augustus
  • The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, and the young know everything. — Oscar Wilde
  • He who is of a calm and happy nature, will hardly feel the pressure of age — Plato
  • Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar. — John Glenn
  • Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed. — Arthur Schopenhauer
  • The pride of youth is in strength and beauty, the pride of old age is in discretion. — Democritus
  • Pay less attention to what men say. Just watch what they do. — Dale Carnegie
Old age quote Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

Happy Old Age Quotes

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Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young. — Joseph Pilates

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young. — Theodore Roosevelt

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. — Victor Hugo

Old age quote Do not regret growing older. It's a privilege denied to many.
Do not regret growing older. It's a privilege denied to many.

Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one's talent, and one's inner happiness. — George Sand

The brief span of our poor unhappy life to its final hour Is hastening on; and while we drink and call for gay wreaths, Perfumes, and young girls, old age creeps upon us, unperceived. — Juvenal

A birthday is just another day where you go to work and people give you love. Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy. — Abhishek Bachchan

Old age quote You're never too old to wish upon a star.
You're never too old to wish upon a star.

People ask me what I'd most appreciate getting for my eighty-seventh birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit. — George Burns

Only a few things are really important. — Marie Dressler

You're birthday reminds me of the old Chinese scholar..... Yung No Mo — Dana Rosemary Scallon

Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. — C. E. M. Joad

Love At Old Age Quotes

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When I was 8 years old, I became depressed. I kept asking why I was born this way [without arms and legs]. I also worried about my future. At the age of 10, I tried to commit suicide because I felt like giving up. But when I imagined my loving parents crying at my grave, I decided to stay. — Nick Vujicic

I love looking at you, hundred-year-old tree, loaded with shoots and boughs as though you were a stripling. Teach me the secret of growing old like you, open to life, to youth, to dreams, as somebody aware that youth and age are merely steps towards eternity. — Hélder Câmara

From the time I was twelve years old until I retired last year at the age of fifty-seven, the Army was my life. I loved commanding soldiers and being around people who had made a serious commitment to serve their country. — Norman Schwarzkopf

Old age quote I am still learning.
I am still learning.

Young love is so ridiculous, as is middle-aged and old love. And it's also hilarious. When have you ever felt so vulnerable and wonderful and terrible at the same time? — Grace Helbig

I'm good with getting older, because I feel like one day, I know I will love myself. I can't imagine staying at one age. Ideally, I'd want to be 20 physically but 40 mentally. — Amanda Seyfried

You see I learnt at an early age what it was to be angry - angry and helpless. And I can never forget it. I knew more about - love... betrayal... and death, when I was ten years old than you will probably ever know in your life. — John Osborne

Old age quote You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I choose both.
You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I choose both.

I love my kids, and the moments I have with them, and it's kind of weird, it's such an age old cliche, but the way that my sons, the way they make me feel when I look at them, the way they say things, no one else would probably react to them, but it's a special thing for me. — Michael Rapaport

Even the rich aren't often happy. Their wealth is at best only a temporary distraction. It doesn't make them immune to emotional and mental suffering, or to disease and death. They too must deal with loneliness, the deaths of loved ones and the frustrations and boredom of old age. — Frederick Lenz

It might be better - more comfortable - to have a dog and two cats. All the love is focused on the cats and the dog. Am I right or wrong here? Have you seen it? At the end of this marriage, comes old age and loneliness. — Pope Francis

I've read a couple of reviews that say I'm getting harder in my old age but I don't think that's true at all. I think that you can't help but become a little cynical about life and love but I'm still a romantic, I'm still an idealist. — Madonna Ciccone

Parents Old Age Quotes

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In America, people rarely stay in the town where they grew up, rarely stay in close proximity to their parents throughout their lives. You rarely find parents in their old age being taken care of by their children. — Robert Benton

Life is a country that the old have seen, and lived in. Those who have to travel through it can only learn from them. — Joseph Joubert

At times is it seems that I am living my life backward, and that at the approach of old age my real youth will begin. My soul was born covered with wrinkles. Wrinkles my ancestors and parents most assiduously put there and that I had the greatest trouble removing. — Andre Gide

Those who are born of parents broken with old age, or of such as are not yet ripe or are too young, or of drunkards, soft or effeminate men, want a great and liberal ingenuity or wit. — Thomas Willis

Beautiful old people are works of art. — Eleanor Roosevelt

I told my father to stop smoking around the age of two or three years old and he stopped smoking. So the relationship between the kid and the parent is very powerful, and if you give the kid the right information, it can be very useful to the family. — Doug E. Fresh

In old age the consolation of hope is reserved for the tenderness of parents, who commence a new life in their children, the faith of enthusiasts, who sing hallelujahs above the clouds; and the vanity of authors, who presume the immortality of their name and writings. — Edward Gibbon

The question that is so clearly in many potential parents minds: Why should we stunt our ambitions and impoverish our lives in order to be insulted and looked down upon in our old age? — Joseph Schumpeter

My father was very energetic; my mother was very energetic. He lived to a very old age, and so did my mother. I believe that I just have it from my father, from my parents. They had wonderful energy. — Donald Trump

Both of my parents were raised in Christian homes, which was great. They instilled in us that God came first and they showed us what it was like to have a relationship with Christ. I accepted Christ at a young age, at the age of six years old, and just tried to play hockey and balance that. — Mike Fisher

Helping Old Age Quotes

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Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally. — Ram Dass

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

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

Contrary to age-old prejudices, the wealth of the rich is not the cause of the poverty of the poor, but helps to alleviate that poverty. — Henry Hazlitt

Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too. — Unknown

Do we all become garrulous and confidential as we approach the gates of old age? Is it that we instinctively feel, and cannot help asserting, our one advantage over the younger generation, which has so many over us? - the one advantage of time! — Mary Augusta Ward

One cannot help being old, but one can resist being aged. — Samuel Hall Lord

At three years of age, the child has already laid the foundations of the human personality and needs the special help of education in the school. The acquisitions he has made are such that we can say the child who enters school at three is an old man. — Maria Montessori

Shorten my days thou canst with sullen sorrow, And pluck nights from me, but not lend a morrow; Thou canst help time to furrow me with age, But stop no wrinkle in his pilgrimage. — William Shakespeare

old age is more bearable if it can be helped by an early acceptance of being loved and of loving. — M. F. K. Fisher

Youth And Old Age Quotes

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Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age. — Jose Rizal

A forest can’t see the darkness within it and nor does youth show on old age. — Romanian Proverbs

Wherever there is power, there is age. Don't be deceived by dimples and curls. I tell you that babe is a thousand years old. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. — Louisa May Alcott

In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent. — Socrates

I am old enough to see how little I have done in so much time, and how much I have to do in so little. — Sheila Kaye-Smith

Being young isn't about age, it's about being a free spirit. You can meet someone of 20 who's boring and old, or you can meet someone of 70 who's youthful and exciting. I met Fred Astaire when he was 72 and I was 21, and I fell in love with him. He certainly was a free spirit. — Sayings

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old. — Jonathan Swift

I am not young enough to know everything. — James M. Barrie

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. — Robertson Davies

Old Age Humor Quotes

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When I turned two I was really anxious, because I'd doubled my age in a year. I thought, if this keeps up, by the time I'm six I'll be ninety. — Steven Wright

Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you're in it, but the longer you stay, the more wrinkled you get. — Jim Davis

If you need a baby that bad, go down to the pound and get one. Not even a baby - go get an old man. There's unwanted people of all ages, pre-made and waiting for you. — Doug Stanhope

The best birthdays of all are those that haven't arrived yet. — Robert Orben

At 50, don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back up. Happy 50th birthday. — H. H. Asquith

You are never too old to become younger! — Mae West

Old age is fifteen years older than I am. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Old people have fewer diseases than the young, but their diseases never leave them. — Hippocrates

Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains. — Winston Churchill

If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes. — Euripides

Respect Old Age Quotes

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The best security for old age: respect your children. — Sholem Asch

One's sense of honor is the only thing that does not grow old, and the last pleasure, when one is worn out with age, is not, as the poet said, making money, but having the respect of one's fellow men. — Thucydides

Politicians, old buildings, and prostitutes become respectable with age. — Mark Twain

Is suffering so very serious? ...I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful... hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain... is no more worthy of respect than old age or illness. — Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

In this respect early youth is exactly like old age; it is a time of waiting for a big trip to an unknown destination. The chief difference is that youth waits for the morning limited and age waits for the night train — Bruce Catton

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

Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die. — Julia Child

I look at my career and I feel I have the potential to maybe mature into a Samuel Jackson-type older cat, and people will still respect me and say 'Yo, Ice-T was wild', into my old age. And why not? I don't necessarily think I'll be rapping in 10 years. — Ice T

You aren’t old enough to have such regrets.” “Pain doesn’t respect age, my lady. — Sherrilyn Kenyon

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair. — J. P. Senn

Old People Quotes

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Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can't practice Ashtanga yoga. — K. Pattabhi Jois

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate. — Sigmund Freud

Fascism was an explosion against intolerable conditions, against remediable wrongs which the old world failed to remedy. It was a movement to secure national renaissance by people who felt themselves threatened with decline into decadence and death and were determined to live, and live greatly. — Oswald Mosley

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live. And most people are concerned about growing old rather than being effective. — Myles Munroe

I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations. — Elizabeth II

People still stereotype all day long. But if you forget your own age, you'll get so focused on the business that you become ultra-confident and people will forget to question how old you are. — Gurbaksh Chahal

Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth. — Winona LaDuke

At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don't care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all. — Ann Landers

Old Person Quotes

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When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory. — Friedrich Nietzsche

If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old - somebody who takes good care of things and of people. — Connie Nielsen

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. In other words, begin to act the part, as well as you can, of the person you would rather be, the person you most want to become. Gradually, the old, fearful person will fade away. — William Glasser

We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven’t changed. — Naval Ravikant

All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives. — Steven Spielberg

J’aurais dû être plus gentille—I should have been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, Ah, I wish I was not good to that person. You will never think that. — Khaled Hosseini

I had a series of childhood illnesses... scarlet fever.... pneumonia.... Polio. I walked with braces until I was at least nine years old. My life wasn't like the average person who grew up and decided to enter the world of sports. — Wilma Rudolph

That person who is the hardest to forgive is the one who can teach you the greatest lessons. When you love yourself enough to rise above the old situation, then understanding and forgiveness will be easy. And you'll be free. — Louise Hay

Say goodbye to the age-old stereotypes of seduction. Seductive, but not a seductress, a woman wears a scent to reveal her personality. — Paco Rabanne

We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven’t changed. The price, and marker, of growth. — Naval Ravikant

Getting Old Quotes

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You'll get my assault weapon when you pry it out of my curious six-year-old's cold dead hands. — Anthony Jeselnik

I used to hate old-timers who didn't praise the younger wrestlers, but you've got to pass the torch sometime. If you're old, that torch gets too heavy for you and you can't carry it, so it won't do you any good. — Randy Savage

It's the same old story you've heard a thousand times. Somebody's trust gets broken. Somebody's left behind. — Travis Tritt

The hard thing when you get old is to keep your horizons open. The first part of your life everything is in front of you, all your potential and promise. But over the years, you make decisions; you carve yourself into a given shape. Then the challenge is to keep discovering the green growing edge. — Howard Thurman

Keep recognizing that reality is changing and that your ideas have to change. Don’t get stuck in old ideas. — Grace Lee Boggs

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Getting old is not for sissies. — Bette Davis

You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there. — George Burns

There's an old expression about falling off a horse. You get back on and you ride that bad boy into town. — Brock Lesnar

I am not Christ or a philanthropist, old lady, I am all the contrary of a Christ I fight for the things I believe in, with all the weapons at my disposal and try to leave the other man dead so that I don't get nailed to a cross or any other place. — Che Guevara

I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture, I want to be healthy and be an example to my children. — Sting

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Old age quote by Bette Davis

Old age is no place for sissies. — Bette Davis

Old age quote by William Gibson

Generation X is dead. It has come to mean anyone aged 13 to 55 years old. — William Gibson

Old age quote by C. S. Lewis

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. — C. S. Lewis

Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. — Alfred Lord Tennyson

The ultimate self is free from sin, free from old age, free from death and grief, free from hunger and thirst, which desires nothing and imagines nothing. — Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. — Victor Hugo

Relish love in your old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating! — Leo Buscaglia

In the City of Death, there is pitch darkness and huge clouds of dust, neither sister nor brother is there. This body is frail, old age is overtaking it. — Guru Gobind Singh

The self (Soul) is the constant-witness consciousness. Through all months, seasons and years, through all divisions of time, the past, present and future the consciousness remains one and self luminous. It neither rises nor sets. The ultimate self is free from sin, free from old age, free from death and grief, free from hunger and thirst, which desires nothing and imagines nothing. — Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm. — Aldous Huxley

She looked much younger than her age, indeed, which is almost always the case with women who retain serenity of spirit, sensitiveness and pure sincere warmth of heart to old age. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. — Phyllis Diller

I have no romantic feelings about age. Either you are interesting at any age or you are not. There is nothing particularly interesting about being old - or being young, for that matter. — Katharine Hepburn

The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. — Matsuo Basho

Old age is not a disease -- it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses. — Maggie Kuhn

Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses. — Maggie Kuhn

My mother enjoyed old age, and because of her I've begun to enjoy parts of it too. So far I've had it good and am crumbling nicely. — Lionel Blue

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber. — Benjamin Franklin

An old man’s sayings are rarely untrue. — Danish Proverbs

You see, you don't get old from age, you get old from inactivity, from not believing in something. — Jack LaLanne

An old cat likes young mice — Greek Proverbs

The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age. — George Santayana

Old age, to the unlearned, is winter; to the learned, it’s harvest time. — Yiddish Proverbs

There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age. — Bill Bryson

We’re every age at once and tucked inside ourselves like Russian nesting dolls. My mother is an 8 year old girl. My grandson is a 74 year old retiree whose kidneys just failed. And that’s the glue between me and you. That’s the screws and nails. We live in a house made of each other and if that sounds strange that’s because it is. — George Watsky

Old men are twice children — Greek Proverbs

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