Middle Age Quotes

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Malcolm X
“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so 'safe,' and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Meša Selimović
“Četrdeset mi je godina, ružno doba: čovjek je još mlad da bi imao želja a već star da ih ostvaruje. Tada se u svakome gase nemiri, da bi postao jak navikom i stečenom sigurnošću u nemoći što dolazi. A ja tek činim što je trebalo učiniti davno, u bujnom cvjetanju tijela, kad su svi bezbrojni putevi dobri, a sve zablude korisne koliko i istine. Šteta što nemam deset godina više pa bi me starost čuvala od pobuna, ili deset godina manje pa bi mi bilo svejedno. Jer trideset godina je mladost, to sad mislim, kad sam se nepovratno udaljio od nje, mladost koja se ničega ne boji, pa ni sebe.”
Meša Selimović, Death and the Dervish

Ogden Nash
“Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.”
Ogden Nash

Doris Day
“The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.

Doris Day

Robert Conquest
“Seven Ages: first puking and mewling
Then very pissed-off with your schooling
Then fucks, and then fights
Next judging chaps' rights
Then sitting in slippers: then drooling.”
Robert Conquest

Bill Bryson
“I became quietly seized with that nostalgia that overcomes you when you have reached the middle of your life and your father has recently died and it dawns on you that when he went he took some of you with him.”
Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

Matsuo Bashō
“Awakened at midnight
by the sound of the water jar
cracking from the ice”

Victoria Moran
“Middle school is for being like everyone else; middle age is for being like yourself. (430)”
Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

Roman Payne
“I just wish moments weren’t so fleeting!' Isaac called to the man on the roof, 'They pass so quickly!'
'Fleeting?!' responded the tilling man, 'Moments? They pass quickly?! . . . Why, once a man is finished growing, he still has twenty years of youth. After that, he has twenty years of middle age. Then, unless misfortune strikes, nature gives him twenty thoughtful years of old age. Why do you call that quickly?' And with that, the tilling man wiped his sweaty brow and continued tilling; and the dejected Isaac continued wandering.
'Stupid fool!' Isaac muttered quietly to himself as soon as he was far enough away not to be heard.”
Roman Payne, Hope and Despair

Dorothea Benton Frank
“The first indication of menopause is a broken thermostat. It's either that or your weight. In any case, if you don't do something, you could be dead by August.

God, middle age is an unending insult.”
Dorothea Benton Frank, Sullivan's Island

Núria Añó
“The land of easy mathematics where he who works adds up and he who retires subtracts.”
Núria Añó

T.H. White
“There is a thing called knowledge of the world, which people do not have until they are middle-aged. It is something which cannot be taught to younger people, because it is not logical and does not obey laws that are constant. It has no rules.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Ian McMillan
I'd Better Not--

A man leaned over to a man in a pub
And said in a voice
‘I used to be thirty seven but now I’m fifty one’.
And that’s how the years go.
In handfuls.
Like somebody is almost at the end of a bag of crisps
And they tip the bag up
And it’s as though they’re drinking crisps.
That’s how the years go.”
Ian McMillan, I Found This Shirt: Poems and Prose from the Centre

Marianne Curley
“I did a research assignment on life in the Middle Ages only last year. I found the era fascinating, all that chivalry and court romance. But I never pictured anything as poor as this village. This is the pits. There's no romance here, definitely no chivary. And it stinks--of sweat and smoke and sewage.”
Marianne Curley, Old Magic

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Just as in the second part of a verse bad poets seek a thought to fit their rhyme, so in the second half of their lives people tend to become more anxious about finding actions, positions, relationships that fit those of their earlier lives, so that everything harmonizes quite well on the surface: but their lives are no longer ruled by a strong thought, and instead, in its place, comes the intention of finding a rhyme.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

Warren Ellis
“You know what it's like, finding eight middle-aged guys having tantric sex with ostriches?”
Warren Ellis, Crooked Little Vein

Bonnie Raitt
“No matter how you tell yourself
It's what we all go through
Those lines are pretty hard to take
When they're staring back at you
Oh, scared you'll run out of time
When did the choices get so hard
With so much more at stake
Life gets mighty precious
When there's less of it to waste”
Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time

Helene Hanff
“I tell you, life is extraordinary. A few years ago, I couldn't write anything or sell anything, I'd passed the age where you know all the returns are in, I'd had my chance and done my best and failed. And how was I to know the miracle waiting to happen around the corner in middle age? 84, Charing Cross Road was no best-seller, you understand; it didn't make me rich or famous. It just got me hundreds of letters and phone calls from people I never knew existed; it got me wonderful reviews; it restored a self-confidence and self-esteem I'd lost somewhere along the way, God knows how many years ago. It brought me to England. It changed my life.”
Helene Hanff, 84, Charing Cross Road

Charlotte Riddell
“In good truth he had started in London with some vague idea that as his life in it would not be of long continuance, the pace at which he elected to travel would be of little consequence; but the years since his first entry into the Metropolis were now piled one on top of another, his youth was behind him, his chances of longevity, spite of the way he had striven to injure his constitution, quite as good as ever. He had come to that period of existence, to that narrow strip of tableland, whence the ascent of youth and the descent of age are equally discernible - when, simply because he has lived for so many years, it strikes a man as possible he may have to live for just as many more, with the ability for hard work gone, with the boon companions scattered, with the capacity for enjoying convivial meetings a mere memory, with small means perhaps, with no bright hopes, with the pomp and the circumstance and the fairy carriages, and the glamour which youth flings over earthly objects, faded away like the pageant of yesterday, while the dreary ceremony of living has to be gone through today and tomorrow and the morrow after, as though the gay cavalcade and the martial music, and the glittering helmets and the prancing steeds were still accompanying the wayfarer to his journey's end.
Ah! my friends, there comes a moment when we must all leave the coach with its four bright bays, its pleasant outside freight, its cheery company, its guard who blows the horn so merrily through villages and along lonely country roads.
Long before we reach that final stage, where the black business claims us for its own speecial property, we have to bid goodbye to all easy, thoughtless journeying and betake ourselves, with what zest we may, to traversing the common of reality. There is no royal road across it that ever I heard of. From the king on his throne to the laborer who vaguely imagines what manner of being a king is, we have all to tramp across that desert at one period of our lives, at all events; and that period is usually when, as I have said, a man starts to find the hopes, and the strength, and the buoyancy of youth left behind, while years and years of life lie stretching out before him.
The coach he has travelled by drops him here. There is no appeal, there is no help; therefore, let him take off his hat and wish the new passengers good speed without either envy or repining.
Behld, he has had his turn, and let whosoever will, mount on the box-seat of life again, and tip the coachman and handle the ribbons - he shall take that journey no more, no more for ever. ("The Banshee's Warning")”
Charlotte Riddell

Alexander McCall Smith
“It was easy, terribly easy, to become with time a middle-aged spinster with a sharp tongue. She would have to guard against this.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The Sunday Philosophy Club

Nalini Priyadarshni
“There is no anti-aging more potent than a young lover
bursting with lust for your middle age vulnerability
who pulls you out of rut with his arduous banter
and make you whole again with his benevolent smirk”
Nalini Priyadarshni

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

Erin Morgenstern
“Dorian runs a hand through his still sticky graying hair, feeling too old for all of these marvels; and wondering when he went from young and faithful and obedient to confused and adrift and middle aged. But he knows exactly when it was because that moment haunts him still.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

Penelope Lively
“a woman in late middle age is the most neutral figure of all, Stella discovered. She poses no sexual threat nor challenge. For young men, she is of so little interest as to be effectively invisible. For women younger than herself, she is a comforting reminder that they have not themselves got that far yet, thanks be. For those around her own age, she is a reassurance: we are not alone. Accordingly all three groups are reasonably well disposed, the defences are down, an overture will be accepted with equanimity and in some quarters enthusiasm.”
Penelope Lively, Spiderweb

Alexis Schaitkin
“What a relief to find, in middle age, that there are still interests waiting inside of you to be discovered...”
Alexis Schaitkin, Saint X

“Listen to your heart.. you are becoming more fully and completely who you were created to be.
It is a whisper that says you are being called to something new. It is a gentle voice that seems to say, ‘Ah, now I have your attention.’ It is a voice that has been patiently waiting to speak truth you would be able to hear.
We are no longer in that part of life when we simply respond to parents, children, husbands, jobs, the PTA, and recycling schedules. We are not spending every single minute trying to keep everyone else happy.”
Dale Hanson Bourke, Second Calling: Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life

“Spend the second half of our lives working less about what we do and more about who we become.”
Dale Hanson Bourke, Second Calling: Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life

Patry Francis
“Men pursue younger women for sport all the time—whenever they start feeling a little insecure. But when a woman does it, it’s another thing altogether.”
Patry Francis, The Liar's Diary

Liane Moriarty
“Nobody had warned her that this would happen during middle age: these sudden, wildly inappropriate waves of desire for young men, with no biological imperative whatsoever.”
Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers

Dave Appleby
“I make the morning fat. A lie in. And why shouldn’t I? I have been working half the night and now I sprawl in slightly sweat-stained sheets, delighting in the sordid luxury of wanton greasy nakedness.

I had been tempted, when the maid came in to clean, to try my borrowed Gallic charm. If I had been a younger man. But, maybe, twice-divorced, now orphaned, battered by the storms of life, I have at last learned just enough self-knowledge to perceive what she would see in me. An old man. Lecherous. At best a source of cash. So I apologised. Said I was sleeping in. Sent her away.”
Dave Appleby, Motherdarling

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