The great thing about being married to an archaeologist is the older you get, the more he loves you.
~ Agatha Christie, whose husband Max Mallowan was an Assyriologist
Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
~ Betty Friedan
As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, go out and do it. As soon as you feel critical, say something kind in a kindly way. As soon as you feel neglected, send a cheerful note to a friend.
~ Oliver Wilson
Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
~ Washington Irving
There’s enough French in my blood for me to agree with the European attitude that the very young can be charming and delightful and pretty but only a mature woman can be beautiful: and only a mature man can be strong enough to be truly tender.
~ Madeleine L’Engle, in A Circle of Quiet (NY: HarperCollins, 1972), page 113
…(chronological segregation seems to me one of the worst sins of all), …
~ Madeleine L’Engle, in A Circle of Quiet (NY: HarperCollins, 1972), pages 116-11
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You 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
About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.
~ Gloria Pitzer
What a man knows at 50 that he did not know at 20 is, for the most part incommunicable. The knowledge he has acquired with age is not the knowledge of formulas, or forms of words, but of people, places, actions—a knowledge gained not by words but by touch, sight, sound, victories, failures, sleeplessness, devotion, love—the human experiences and emotions of this earth and of oneself and other men; and perhaps, too, a little faith, a little reverence for things one cannot see.
~ Adlai Stevenson
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to man.
~ Leon Trotsky, in Diary In Exile