Getting Old Quotes

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George Burns
“You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there.”
George Burns

Phyllis Diller
“Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.”
Phyllis Diller

Gabrielle Zevin
“The easiest way to get old is to be technologically behind...”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Arctic Monkeys
“You used to get it in your fishnets
Now you only get it in your nightdress
Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness...
...Remeber when the boys were all electric?”
Arctic Monkeys, Favourite Worst Nightmare: (Guitar Tab

Jennifer Egan
“So this is it ⎯ what cost me all that time. A man who turned out to be old, a house that turned out to be empty.”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Katherine Dunn
“It is coincidence, I decide, and I am getting old and batty, thinking the universe revolves around me.”
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

Andrena Sawyer
“The only way that getting older can be a bad thing is if you are not fully living in the moment now.”
Andrena Sawyer

“When I grow up I want to be an old woman.”
Michelle Shocked

Émile Zola
“When younger, he had been fun-loving to the point of tedium.”
Émile Zola, Pot Luck

John Thomas Idlet
“getting old means getting lucky sometimes
means sometimes you learn
& along with other sweeter acquisitions
you learn that nine
tenths of what goes down is
that there's just no way to be with people & not
smear yr tongue with bullshit lies
that it doesn't help to fuck with people & anyway
once you know how it's no fun any more”
John Thomas Idlet (John Thomas), Epopoeia And the Decay of Satire

Lawrence Block
“As my late mother famously observed, the one thing to be said for growing old is that every year there are a few more things I don’t have to give a rat’s ass about.”
Lawrence Block

Francesca Marciano
“[she felt] sorry for herself, for getting older, for being mortal, for all the music she still wanted to hear, the books she intended to read, the places she had meant to visit, the things she had promised herself she'd learn one day [...] and probably never would because time was beginning to feel like a fast express train that no longer stopped at all the stations.”
Francesca Marciano, The Other Language


I am born as the sun,
But then turn into the moon,
As my blonde hairs turn
Grayish-white and fall
To the ground,
Only to be buried again,
Then to be born again,
Into a thousand suns
And a thousand

Suzy Kassem”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“The drink you spilt all over me
'Lover's Spit' left on repeat
My mom and dad let me stay home
It drives you crazy, getting old”
Lorde, Lorde - Pure Heroine Songbook

Mark Twain
“But old fools is the biggest fools there is.”
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Lionel Shriver
“Having buck teeth in junior high,” she rounded up unsteadily, “must
be ideal preparation for getting old. For pretty people, aging is a dumb
shock. It’s like, what’s going on? Why doesn’t anyone smile at me at
checkout anymore? But it won’t be a shock for me. It’ll be, oh that. That
again. Teeth.”
Lionel Shriver, The Post-Birthday World

Debasish Mridha
“Life is so short, transient, and beautiful that there is not enough time to get old.”
Debasish Mridha

“I got this month's delivery bill today - you're practically living off pastries!"

"The pastries are easier on my teeth," Grandpa called after him with a smile.

"That wouldn't be an issue if you would get new teeth!" John's voice carried in from the kitchen.

Grandpa pretended not to hear him. His memory might have gone to shit, but there were a few things about being old that he really enjoyed.”
April Adams, Drawing the Dragon

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Aging is a mortal term that my immortal spirit doesn't quite grasp.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes

Ron Brackin
“I'm 68 years old, and somebody asked if I'm retired. I told him, "No, I'll still be writing long after I'm dead.”
Ron Brackin

John Banville
“There was a time when I quite liked what I saw in the looking-glass, but not anymore. Now I’m startled, and more than startled, by the visage that so abruptly appears there, never at all the one that I expect. I have been elbowed aside by a parody of myself, a sadly dishevelled figure in a Halloween mask made of sagging, pinkish- grey rubber that bears no more than a passing resemblance to the image of what I look like that I stubbornly retain in my head.”
John Banville, The Sea

Rebecca Makkai
“He wanted to spend the rest of his life building Nora's Paris out of sugar cubes, brick by brick. He wanted a one-way ticket to 1920. He thought about Nora's idea of time travel. What a horrible kind of travel, that took you only forward into the terrifying future, constantly farther from whatever had once made you happy. Only maybe that wasn't what she'd meant. Maybe she meant the older you got, the more decades you had at your disposal to revisit with your eyes closed.”
Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers

Anthony Powell
“In the seven years or so that had passed since I had last seen him, Sir Magnus Donners had grown not so much older in appearance, as less like a human being.”
Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: 3rd Movement

Dexter Palmer
“But space shrinks when you get old, and things lose their wonder, and the wisest thing to do then is to try your best to sleep.”
Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Mehmet Murat ildan
“All of a sudden you may realise that you are no longer young! And at that moment, you must also realise that by refusing getting old you can catch a chance to continue to be young!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Janet Turpin Myers
“Blessing Number One. Thank you for getting old because it means you are getting to live.”
Janet Turpin Myers, the last year of confusion

Armistead Maupin
“Your hair has always been amazing. I remember those fabulous chopsticks you used to wear."
Anna wore a look of amused chagrin. "I'm afraid Mr. Greenleaf won't let me wear those anymore. I took a little tumble one night and almost harpooned the cat."
This was very much the Anna she remembered: warm and self-mocking and complete present. And somehow that made it even harder to accept how frail she'd become since Mary Ann's last visit.”
Armistead Maupin, Mary Ann in Autumn

Stewart O'Nan
“Late in life, after his mother had died, his father cried at baptisms and funerals and sappy movies on TV, age stripping away a final protective layer. Now Henry could feel the same softening taking place inside him, a helpless grief for the past and boundless pity for the world, and that was right too. No fool like an old fool.”
Stewart O'Nan, Henry, Himself

Emmy Marucci
it leaves you quick
and it never comes back”
Emmy Marucci, Tell Me Another Story: Poems of You and Me