Ageing Quotes

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Simone de Beauvoir
“I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.”
Simone de Beauvoir , La Vieillesse

Margery Williams Bianco
“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'

'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'

'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'

'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

Terry Pratchett
“...inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.”
Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

Gabriel García Márquez
“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez , Love in the Time of Cholera

W.B. Yeats
“How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.”
William Butler Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

“You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.”
Michael Pritchard

Gabriel García Márquez
“To all, I would say how mistaken they are when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Author)

George Burns
“I was brought up to respect my elders, so now I don't have to respect anybody.”
George Burns

Karl Pilkington
“I think people would live a bit longer if they didn't know how old they were. Age puts restrictions on things.”
Karl Pilkington

Lord Byron
We'll Go No More A-roving

So, we'll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart still be as loving,
And the moon still be as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a-roving
By the light of the moon.”
Lord Byron, Poetical Works

W.B. Yeats
“One loses, as one grows older, something of the lightness of one's dreams; one begins to take life up in both hands, and to care more for the fruit than the flower, and that is no great loss perhaps.”
W.B. Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore

Sara Teasdale
Wisdom

When I have ceased to break my wings
Against the faultiness of things,
And learned that compromises wait
Behind each hardly opened gate,
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, Love Songs

George Carlin
“Age is a hell of a price to pay for wisdom”
George Carlin

Edward Gorey
“I just got a rather nasty shock. In looking for something or other I came across the fact that one of my cats is about to be nine years old, and that another of them will shortly thereafter be eight; I have been labouring under the delusion they were about five and six. And yesterday I happened to notice in the mirror that while I have long since grown used to my beard being very grey indeed, I was not prepared to discover that my eyebrows are becoming noticeably shaggy. I feel the tomb is just around the corner. And there are all these books I haven't read yet, even if I am simultaneously reading at least twenty...”
Edward Gorey, Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer

Giacomo Leopardi
“Death is not an evil, because it frees us from all evils, and while it takes away good things, it takes away also the desire for them. Old age is the supreme evil, because it deprives us of all pleasures, leaving us only the appetite for them, and it brings with it all sufferings. Nevertheless, we fear death, and we desire old age.”
Giacomo Leopardi

Roman Payne
“The youthful body untouched decays the fastest, for no living hands record its splendor; and here youth and time are wasted.”
Roman Payne, Hope and Despair

Mark Strand
“These wrinkles are nothing
These gray hairs are nothing,
This stomach which sags
with old food, these bruised
and swollen ankles,
my darkening brain,
they are nothing.
I am the same boy
my mother used to kiss.”
Mark Strand

Oscar Wilde
“If I could get back my youth, I'd do anything in the world except get up early, take exercise or be respectable.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Christopher Hitchens
“A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realisation that you can't make old friends.”
Christopher Hitchens, Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere

Oscar Wilde
“Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Christopher Hitchens
“Hardest of all, as one becomes older, is to accept that sapient remarks can be drawn from the most unwelcome or seemingly improbable sources, and that the apparently more trustworthy sources can lead one astray.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

W.B. Yeats
When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.”
W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

W.B. Yeats
Politics

How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics?
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war's alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms!”
William Butler Yeats, The Poems

W.B. Yeats
“I spit into the face of Time
That has transfigured me.”
Yeats. W. B. (William Butler). 1865-1939., The Rose

Vivian Swift
“Now is the time of fresh starts
This is the season that makes everything new.
There is a longstanding rumor that Spring is the time
of renewal, but that's only if you ignore the depressing
clutter and din of the season. All that flowering
and budding and birthing--- the messy youthfulness
of Spring actually verges on squalor. Spring is too busy,
too full of itself, too much like a 20-year-old to be the best time for reflection, re-grouping, and starting fresh.
For that you need December. You need to have lived
through the mindless biological imperatives of your life (to bud, and flower, and show off) before you can see that a landscape of new fallen snow is THE REAL YOU.
December has the clarity, the simplicity, and the silence you need for the best FRESH START of your life.”
Vivian Swift, When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put

Susan Sarandon
“I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point."

(As quoted in Put Your Big Girl Panties on and Deal with it, Roz Van Meter, 2007)”
Susan Sarandon

Roman Payne
“When I was younger, I would cling to life because life was at the top of the turning wheel. But like the song of my gypsy-girl, the great wheel turns over and lands on a minor key. It is then that you come of age and life means nothing to you. To live, to die, to overdose, to fall in a coma in the street... it is all the same. It is only in the peach innocence of youth that life is at its crest on top of the wheel. And there being only life, the young cling to it, they fear death... And they should! ...For they are in life.”
Roman Payne, The Wanderess

Susan Sontag
“The fear of becoming old is born of the recognition that one is not living now the life that one wishes. It is equivalent to a sense of abusing the present.”
Susan Sontag, Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963

Gabriel García Márquez
“They were people whose lives were slow, who did not see themselves growing old, or falling sick, or dying, but who disappeared little by little in their own time, turning into memories, mists from other days, until they were absorbed into oblivion.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Hayley Linfield
“You know you're old when you're watching Karate Kid and you realize you're more attracted to Mr. Miagi than Ralph Macchio.”
Hayley Linfield
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