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

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

Alex  Turner
“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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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 Stafford
“Birthdays are happy as a child, defeatist with age and joyful again at surviving another year.”
Stewart Stafford

Nanette L. Avery
“You're not getting old, you're getting better. Seniors Rock!”
Nanette L. Avery

“W.N.P Barbellion en "El diario de un hombre decepcionado" el 26 de Septiembre de 1914:

Mi vida ha sido una lucha continua contra la mala salud y la ambición, y no he conseguido dominar ninguna de las dos. Intento decirme que esta maldita mala salud no afectará a mi carrera. Azoto mi voluntad con la esperanza de ganar al final. Sin embargo, en el fondo sé que es muy improbable que viva lo suficiente para realizarme. Durante mucho tiempo no he tenido otra esperanza que convencer a los demás de lo que podría haber hecho de haber vivido suficiente. Eso ya sería algo. Pero ni siquiera tengo mucho tiempo para eso. Jamás he vivido con sensación de seguridad. Nunca me he sentido instalado permanentemente en esta vida, no soy más que un difuso sustituto, un espectro, un festón de niebla que desaparecerá en cualquier momento.”
Bob Pop, Días ajenos - Otoño · Invierno

John Taylor Gatto
“What they write in rule books and how things really work are never the same. We all learn that as we get older.”
John Taylor Gatto, The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling

Stewart Stafford
“You can tell you're getting old when authority figures all start to look 12-years-old to you.”
Stewart Stafford

Yōko Tawada
“She's always hated good-byes and as she got older she hated them even more.”
Yōko Tawada, The Emissary

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