Quotes About Age and Aging

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
Oscar Wilde

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice — that is until we have stopped saying “It got lost,” and say “I lost it.”
Sydney J. Harris

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange — my youth.
Sara Teasdale

He must have had a magnificent build before his stomach went in for a career of its own.
Margaret Halsey

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
Victor Hugo

It is sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age [thirty-five], he had already been dead for a year.
Tom Lehrer

No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us — something more than we could learn ourselves, from a book.
Cyril Connolly

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
Muhammad Ali

The greatest thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
Madeleine L’Engle

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

He carried his childhood like a hurt warm bird held to his middle-aged breast.
Herbert Gold

Do not go gentle into that good night.  Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
Tom Stoppard

Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
Gore Vidal

When I grow up, I want to be a little boy.
Joseph Heller

At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; at forty, the judgment.
Benjamin Franklin

I refuse to admit that I am more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate.
Nancy Astor (attrib.)

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age.  A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.
Oscar Wilde

Thirty-five is a very attractive age.  London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
Oscar Wilde

Middle age: when you begin to exchange your emotions for symptoms.
Irvin Cobb

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Elbert Hubbard

A woman is as old as she looks before breakfast.
Edgar Watson Howe

Discussing how old you are is the temple of boredom.
Ruth Gordon

Anyone can get old.  All you have to do is live long enough.
Groucho Marx

My only fear is that I may live too long.
Thomas Jefferson

All would live long, but none would be old.
Benjamin Franklin

 ‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
Lord Byron

I have been asked, “How do you grow old so easily?” I reply, “Very easily. I give all my time to it.”
Emanuel Celler

The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence.
Art Linkletter

Our nation’s long neglect of minorities whose skin is dark is perhaps only a little worse than our neglect of another minority whose hair is white.
Lyndon B. Johnson

When you are about thirty-five years old, something terrible always happens to music.
Steve Race

What he hath scanted men in hair, he hath given them in wit.
William Shakespeare

Children are a great comfort in your old age — and they help you to reach it faster, too.
Lionel M. Kauffman

The secret to a long life is to stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don’t drink too much.  Then again don’t drink too little.
Hermann Smith-Johannson, at age 103

I don’t care how old you get, I think a woman ought to stay sexy for her husband.
Tammy Faye Bakker

Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics.  Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor.
George Jean Nathan

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



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