Elderly Quotes

Quotes tagged as "elderly" (showing 1-30 of 104)
Robert A. Heinlein
“Never tease an old dog; he might have one bite left.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love


Laugh, I tell you
And you will turn back
The hands of time.

Smile, I tell you
And you will reflect
The face of the divine.

Sing, I tell you
And all the angels will sing with you!

Cry, I tell you
And the reflections found in your pool of tears -
Will remind you of the lessons of today and yesterday
To guide you through the fears of tomorrow.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Tamora Pierce
“Wenna followed us out. "You've done him some good, Clary, I have to say! He's got color in his cheeks, and he's stepping along as if he was sixty again," she told Goodwin as she walked us to the gate. "You'll come back?"
"Of course," Goodwin said. "But thank Cooper for his improved spirits. Once he'd insulted her a few times, he was in the pink.”
Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound

Stephen Colbert
“‎You cannot correct an old person every time they say something offensive. You would never make it through Thanksgiving dinner!”
Stephen Colbert

Daphne du Maurier
“She had to live in this bright, red gabled house with the nurse until it was time for her to die... I thought how little we know about the feelings of old people. Children we understand, their fears and hopes and make-believe.”
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Neil Gaiman
“I asked him if it were a mirage, and he said yes. I said it was a dream, and he agreed, But said it was the desert's dream not his. And he told me that in a year or so, when he had aged enough for any man, then he would walk into the wind, until he saw the tents. This time, he said, he would go on with them.”
Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

Stephen Emond
“I'm on the Internet. I stay informed. They let old people on the Internet, you know.”
Stephen Emond, Winter Town

John Scalzi
“The problem with aging is not that it's one damn thing after another—it's every damn thing, all at once, all the time.”
John Scalzi, Old Man's War

Louise Penny
“In winter the very ground seemed to reach up and grab the elderly, yanking them to earth as though hungry for them.”
Louise Penny, Bury Your Dead

“Where there is not community, trust, respect, ethical behavior are difficult for the young to learn and for the old to maintain.”
Robert K. Greenleaf, The Servant as Leader

Criss Jami
“I respect traditional people - they have the eyes which see value in the tarnished. This is a gift in itself. Tradition requires a wealth of discipline in order to be adhered to, hence it is rarely found in youth.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Gabriel García Márquez
“He thought that the world would make more rapid progress without the burden of old people.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

“There was something alike terrifying and piteous in the spectacle of these frail old morsels of humanity consecrating their last flickering energies to the task of making each other wretched. Hatred seemed to be the one faculty which had survived in undiminished vigor where all else was dropping into ordered and symmetrical decay.”
Saki, The Chronicles of Clovis

“When we attempt to clear up the mess others have made, or when we love the unlovely, we demonstrate the kind of weirdness God likes. We give the lie to the evolutionary survival of the fittest maxim...”
Ann Benton, If It's Not Too Much Trouble: The Challenge of the Aged Parent

“Words were few and failing between them as though the silence that sat with them had laid its old lips on theirs and sucked them dry of speech. For where could one begin? With the weather? But here there was no weather. These few sad rooms were the old man's world. His horizons were all walls.”
Michael Bedard, Redwork

Gene Wolfe
“But I was awake, sitting by the window looking down at the trailer and Mr. Zoltan's truck. I could not sleep. That is how it is with folks my age. We take naps during the day, and then we cannot sleep at night. I think that it is because God is getting us ready for the grave. Is that right? Did He ever tell you? ("The Little Stranger")”
Gene Wolfe, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940's Until Now

Ben Elton
“You're mugging old ladies every bit as much if you pinch their pension fund”
Ben Elton, Meltdown

Yevgeny Zamyatin
“Tipsy, they tumbled early into bed - to get as much sleep as they could. So they would feel less hunger. The summer catch had been poor; there wasn't much food. They ate with care and looked sideways at the old: the old were gluttons, everybody knew it, and what was the good of feeding them? It wouldn't harm them to starve a little.
The hungry dogs howled. The women rinsed the children's bellies with hot water three times a day, so they wouldn't cry so much for food. The old starved silently. ("The North")”
Yevgeny Zamyatin, The Dragon: Fifteen Stories

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Elderly! The forgotten golds of the past; the ignored tired souls of the society! This world has many shames and one of the worst is this: Treating the elderly as the nonperson!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Corrie ten Boom
“It wasn't anything he did... but what he didn't do. No standing back to let the older man go first, no helping on with a coat, no picking up a dropped tool. It was hard to pin down. One Sunday when Father, Betsie, and I were having dinner at Hilversum I commented on what I had concluded was simple thoughtlessness. Willem shook his head. "It's very deliberate," he said. "It's because Christoffels is old. The old have no value to the State. They're also harder to train in the new ways of thinking. Germany is systematically teaching disrespect for old age... [T]he old and weak... are to be eliminated.”
Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

“Overstimulation of IGF-1-signaling pathways in the brain due to milk consumption could thus accelerate the onset of neurodegenerative disease. IGF-1 passes the blood-brain barrier and reaches the neurons in the brain.”
Bodo Melnik

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“It’s not the specter of aging that haunts me. Rather, it’s the far greater fear of having aged and having nothing to show for the aging.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Lailah Gifty Akita
“We must learn as long as we live.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“When the dust settles, you will have known that it was always about ageing well, not just about how fit and strong you were when young... Step back, have a look and never lose sight of the bigger picture!”
Dr. Deepak S. Hiwale

J. Courtney Sullivan
“Old age had distilled her down to her essence.”
J. Courtney Sullivan, Saints for All Occasions

Marilynne Robinson
“Glory went to look in on her father. He lay on his right side, his face composed, intent on sleep. His hair had been brushed into a soft white cloud, like harmless aspiration, like a mist given off by the endless work of dreaming.”
Marilynne Robinson, Home

Petra Hermans
“You don't have a future when you refuse to accept the former generation. Simple.”
Petra Hermans

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Aging is dreaded the most by people whose income is entirely dependent on their looks.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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