live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.
all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the
assumption that aging means decline and poor health
is probably the deadliest.
-- Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, 1980
who love deeply never grow old; they may die of
old age, but they die young.
is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity
to be tender with the young, compassionate with the
aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with
the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will
have been all of these."
-- Dr. Robert H. Goddard (American rocket engineer 1882-1945)
was once said that the moral test of government
is how that government treats those who are in
the dawn of life, the children; those who are
in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those
who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the
needy and the handicapped.
can think of no better way of redeeming this tragic
world today than love and laughter. Too many of
the young have forgotten how to laugh, and too
many of the elders have forgotten how to love.
Would not our lives be lightened if only we could
all learn to laugh more easily at ourselves and
to love one another."
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.
-- Dorothea Kent
age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship,
triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments,
trials and illnesses.
must be a goal at every stage of life! There
must be a goal!
age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal
is to say or do at least one outrageous thing
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
is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life and the lives
of people you love. When you learn to tap this source,
you will truly have defeated age."
-- Sophia Loren
are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as
young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear;
as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
-- Douglas MacArthur
is…wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly.
-- Miriam Makeba
age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because
they would take too long.
-- W. Somerset Maugham
you associate enough with older people who do
enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in
any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity
and of the possibility for a full life.
just count your years, make your years count.
-- Ernest Meyers
We are not limited by our old ages; we are liberated
-- Stu Mittleman
Preparation for old age should begin not later than
one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until
65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.
--Arthur E. Morgan
never feel age...If you have creative work, you don't
have age or time.
-- Louise Nevelson (1900 - 1988)
The old -- like children -- talk to themselves, for
they have reached that hopeless wisdom of experience
which knows that though one were to cry it in the streets
to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss to one's beloved,
the only ears that can ever hear one's secrets are one's
-- Eugene O'Neill
One of the most important phases of maturing is that
of growth from self-centering to an understanding relationship
to others. A person is not mature until he has both
an ability and a willingness to see himself as one among
others and to do unto those others as he would have
them do to him.
-- Harry A. Overstreet
Live your life and forget your age.
-- Norman Vincent Peale
Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather
teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of
experience and the firm line of character.
-- Ralph B. Perry
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.
-- Plato (427 BC - 347 BC)
a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the
longer we live, and the reason of everything appears
more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious,
and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach
-- Jean Paul Richter
be happy in this world, especially when youth
is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely
an isolated individual whose day will soon be
over, but part of the stream of life flowing on
from the first germ to the remote and unknown
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 (1804 - 1876)
places and old persons in their turn, when spirit dwells
in them, have an intrinsic vitality of which youth is
incapable, precisely, the balance and wisdom that come
from long perspectives and broad foundations"
-- George Santayana (Spanish born American Philosopher,
Poet and Humanist )
you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should
endeavor to understand him.
-- George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
who love not their fellow-beings live unfruitful lives,
and prepare for their old age a miserable grave."
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley
age come the inner, the higher life. Who would
be forever young, to dwell always in externals?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of
life, as not to receive new information from age and
sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's heart
the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite
of what's next, and the joy of the game of living. In
the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless
station; so long as it receives messages of beauty,
hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the
infinite, so long are you young.
-- Samuel Ullman