Quotes About Growing Older

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Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Albert Einstein
“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”
Albert Einstein

Robert Frost
“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.”
Robert Frost

Agatha Christie
“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”
Agatha Christie

Ronald Reagan
“I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.”
Ronald Reagan

Cher
“Some guy said to me: Don't you think you're too old to sing rock n' roll?

I said: You'd better check with Mick Jagger.”
Cher

Jean-Paul Sartre
“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

Coco Chanel
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”
Coco Chanel

Ernest Hemingway
“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.”
Ernest Hemingway

Jeff Lindsay
“I think people understand things different when they get older. It’s not a question of getting soft, or seeing things in the gray areas instead of black and white. I really believe I’m just understanding things different. Better.”
Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Neil Gaiman
“I don’t ever remember being afraid of “oldness”.

There are things I miss about being younger - chiefly the ability to pull all-nighters and keep working and working well; and being smiled at by girls I didn’t know who thought I was cute; and I wish I had the eyesight I had even five years ago… but that stuff feels pretty trivial.

I’m happier than I’ve been at any time in my life these days. I have a wonderful wife whom I adore, watched three amazing kids grow into two delightful adults and my favourite teenager, an astonishing number of grand life experiences, I’ve made art I’m proud of, I have real, true, glorious friends, and I’ve been able to do real good for things I care about, like freedom of speech, like libraries.

Sometimes I’ll do something like An Evening With Neil and Amanda, or the 8 in 8 project, and completely surprise myself.

I miss friends who have died, but then, I’m glad that time gave them to me, to befriend, even for a while, and that I was alive to know them. I knew Douglas Adams, and I knew Roger Zelazny, and I knew John M Ford, and I knew Diana Wynne Jones… do you know how lucky that makes me?

Ah, I’m rabbiting on, and I sound a bit more Pollyannaish than I’m intending to sound: I know the downside of age and the downside of time, and I am sure that the view from age 51 is not the view from age 71.

I wish the time hadn’t gone so fast, though. And sometimes I wish I’d enjoyed it more on the way, and worried about it less.”
Neil Gaiman

“Just 'cause there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there's not a fire inside.”
Bonnie Hunt

Alex Morritt
“Age is a seasoned trickster. To our parents, we will always be children. Within ourselves, the same yearnings of youth; the same aspirations of adolescence, will last a lifetime. Only to the young - blinded by our grey hair and slowing gait - do we appear old and increasingly beyond the pale.”
Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe
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Victoria Moran
“Just because you’re grown up and then some doesn’t mean settling into the doldrums of predictability. Surprise people. Surprise yourself. (281)”
Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

Fernando Pessoa
“A being who, as I grew older, lost imagination, emotion, a type of intelligence, a way of feeling things - all that which, while it made me sorry, did not horrify me. But what am I experiencing when I read myself as if I were someone else? On which bank am I standing if I see myself in the depths?”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Lew Wallace
“Youth is but the painted shell within which, continually growing, lives that wondrous thing the spirit of a man, biding its moment of apparition, earlier in some than in others.”
Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Michael Marshall Smith
“Hey presto: time travel. You don't need a time machine, it turns out, you just need a friend to laugh like a teenager. Chronology shivers.”
Michael Marshall Smith, By Blood We Live

Elizabeth Strout
“What young people didn’t know, she thought, lying down beside this man, his hand on her shoulder, her arm; oh, what young people did not know. They did not know that lumpy, aged, and wrinkled bodies were as needy as their own young, firm ones, that love was not to be tossed away carelessly, as if it were a tart on a platter with others that got passed around again. No, if love was available, one chose it, or didn’t choose it. And if her platter had been full with the goodness of Henry and she had found it burdensome, had flicked it off crumbs at a time, it was because she had not known what one should know: that day after day was unconsciously squandered.
And so, if this man next to her now was not a man she would have chosen before this time, what did it matter: He most likely wouldn’t have chosen her either. But here they were, and Olive pictured two slices of Swiss cheese pressed together, such holes they brought to this union—what pieces life took out of you.
Her eyes were closed, and throughout her tired self swept waves of gratitude—and regret. She pictured the sunny room, the sun-washed wall, the bayberry outside. It baffled her, the world. She did not want to leave it yet.”
Elizabeth Strout

Hermann Hesse
“Muoth was right. On growing old, one becomes more contented than in one's youth, which I will not therefore revile, for in all my dreams I hear my youth like a wonderful song which now sounds more harmonious than it did in reality, and even sweeter”
Hermann Hesse, Gertrude

T.K. Naliaka
“Use all this life to make yourself a great writer, thoughtful and kind, slowly, surely over the years.”
T.K. Naliaka

Ashton Applewhite
“It’s not loving a man that makes life harder for gay guys, it’s homophobia. It’s not the color of their skin that makes life harder for people of color; it’s racism. It’s not having vaginas that makes life harder for women, it’s sexism. And it’s ageism, far more than the passage of time, that makes growing older harder for all of us.”
Ashton Applewhite, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

Victoria Moran
“A twenty-three-year-long study in Ohio determined that people who saw growing older as something positive lived a whopping seven and a half years longer than those who didn’t. (356)”
Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

The sooner growing older is stripped of reflexive dread, the better equipped we are to
“The sooner growing older is stripped of reflexive dread, the better equipped we are to benefit from the countless ways in which it can enrich us.”
Ashton Applewhite, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

Amy Neftzger
“I love the optimism on the shores of youth, where time hasn't yet eroded faith.”
Amy Neftzger, The War of Words

Munia Khan
“Growing older is a blurred birth certificate that only can take us to this world’s perplexed journey, but it cannot smear the letters of the epitaph”
Munia Khan, Beyond The Vernal Mind

Dan Groat
“The bones of the oak tree that had stood by the spring branch during my youth were scattered about the ground, pieces of the skeleton of a majestic life that had passed while I was off growing up and old.”
Dan Groat, An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy

Debbie Howells
“I’ve wondered since if you can ever truly read a face. It’s too easy to see what you so desperately want to see, even if it isn’t there. I knew that.”
Debbie Howells, The Beauty of the End

Debbie Howells
“That’s the trouble with you young people.”
Saying young as though it was a bad thing.

“You’re in too darn much of a hurry to notice.”

“Notice what, exactly?”

“The difference,” she’d replied slowly, as if I were particularly stupid, “between what people want you to see, and what’s real.”
Debbie Howells, The Beauty of the End

Saidi Mdala
“As you grow older, start using your brains, energy, and the means available to you, however little they may seem, to go after what you need to get better, so that you can have what you want to live the the life you desire.”
Saidi Mdala, Know What Matters

Debasish Mridha
“Anyone who is forgetting to love is growing older. Anyone who is learning to fly with the wings of love are growing younger.”
Debasish Mridha

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