Elderly Quotes

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George Bernard Shaw
“Youth is wasted on the young.”
George Bernard Shaw


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

Robert A. Heinlein
“Never tease an old dog; he might have one bite left.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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 Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Israelmore Ayivor
“A young child is a leader to an elderly person once his purpose has a faithful, sincere and trustworthy influence on people. Leadership is not restricted to position and age; it is self-made and influencial. Everyone has this self-leadership quality.”
Israelmore Ayivor

“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.”
H.H. Munro, 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

“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

Ursula K. Le Guin
“By the time I wrote this book I needed to look at heroics from outside and underneath, from the point of view of the people who are not included. The ones who can’t do magic. The ones who don’t have shining staffs or swords. Women, kids, the poor, the old, the powerless. Unheroes, ordinary people—my people. I didn’t want to change Earthsea, but I needed to see what Earthsea looked like to us.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu

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

Maurice Sendak
“Yes. I'm not unhappy about becoming old. I'm not unhappy about what must be. It makes me cry only when I see my friends go before me and life is emptied. I don't believe in an afterlife, but I still fully expect to see my brother again. And it's like a dream life. I am reading a biography of Samuel Palmer, which is written by a woman in England. I can't remember her name. And it's sort of how I feel now, when he was just beginning to gain his strength as a creative man and beginning to see nature. But he believed in God, you see, and in heaven, and he believed in hell. Goodness gracious, that must have made life much easier. It's harder for us nonbelievers.
But, you know, there's something I'm finding out as I'm aging that I am in love with the world. And I look right now, as we speak together, out my window in my studio and I see my trees and my beautiful, beautiful maples that are hundreds of years old, they're beautiful. And you see I can see how beautiful they are. I can take time to see how beautiful they are. It is a blessing to get old. It is a blessing to find the time to do the things, to read the books, to listen to the music. You know, I don't think I'm rationalizing anything. I really don't. This is all inevitable and I have no control over it.”
Maurice Sendak

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

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

Jessica Marie Baumgartner
“There is a reason that the elderly are so insistent on teaching the young. They know what it means to see traditions bond people while change offers new possibilities.”
Jessica Marie Baumgartner, The Magic of Nature: Meditations & Spells to Find Your Inner Voice

Sharon J. Harrison
“His eyes followed Laura’s movements down the hall. She had come out of a side room and was greeting the residents as she went. Listening and chatting, while bending down to give her attention to someone in a wheelchair who was reaching up to stroke Laura’s head, calling out,” Missy, missy!”

Laura responded, smiling, standing back up and putting her arm around the frail body.

Several residents in wheelchairs along the hallway reached out to Laura, Jacob could sense the yearning for attention. At the time of life when all else falls away, and the body fails, and the mind retracts, what is left but the hunger for human touch? Long gone is the appetite of the body, but not forgotten the tender touch and the gentle voice, in the cradle of a mother’s arms. Jacob, too, understood this yearning and more keenly now than ever.

Jacob saw the elderly who were alone being revived by Laura as she chatted, acknowledging their needs: each responding like a wilting plant feeling relief from unexpected rain. Watching Laura nurture, through her words and gestures, triggered a deep emotion in him.

He wanted to receive her touch, her smile, her comfort to lift him when life seemed to retract and roll downhill. He desired to gather her close, nurture her and raise her up when life’s unexpected turns shook her world.

Will we get to that? he wondered?”
Sharon J. Harrison

Ehsan Sehgal
“Before you become elderly, learn how to care, respect, and love elder-ones since you will be that one thereupon and ultimately.”
Ehsan Sehgal

“The information age has taken away the most useful function of the aged, children no longer connect with them for wisdom.
What for then, the longer life?

20 Oct 2020 World Statistics Day”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

C.A. Tedeschi
“Hard as it is to acknowledge, Smitty’s reaction to death was pretty typical. It hurts too much to see a stranger die, let alone someone you love and respect. Most folks would prefer just to ride away, leave the dead to do their dying, and only afterward think on the good times.”
C.A. Tedeschi, Lion Knight saga: The Knights of the Brotherhood

Lailah Gifty Akita
“We must pray to God to bless us with the fullness of life, living to be very old, 120 years.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Kamaran Ihsan Salih
“Disrespecting elders is the cancer of folks.”
Kamaran Ihsan Salih

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The elderly have much experiences, thereof, the young must be humble to learn from their wisdom”
Lailah Gifty Akita

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