Old Men Quotes

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George S. McGovern
“I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”
George McGovern

Anne Frank
“But I won't bore you any longer on the subject of old men. It won't make things any better and all my plans of revenge (such as disconnecting the lamp, shutting the door, hiding his clothes) must be abandoned in order to keep the peace. Oh, I'm becoming so sensible! ...”
Anne Frank

W.B. Yeats
“I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.”
William Butler Yeats

Kerrelyn Sparks
“Ignore him," Heather begged. "I do. Constantly." Jean-Luc studied the coach, then turned to Heather with a wary look. "Every man in this town wants you." She laughed. "Yea, right. The old guys from the nursing home go into cardiac arrest whenever I walk by." His gaze drifted over her. "I can believe that.”
Kerrelyn Sparks, The Undead Next Door

Stephen Richards
“When we age we shed many skins: ego, arrognace, dominance, self-opionated, unreliable, pessimism, rudeness, selfish, uncaring ... Wow, it's good to be old!”
Stephen Richards

Brandon Sanderson
“You're a mean old man, Your Grace."
"And that is the way it should be." Roial informed. "Mean young men are trivial, and kindly old men boring. Here, let me get us something to drink.”
Brandon Sanderson, Elantris

Robert Ludlum
“When the old men kill themselves, the cities are dying.”
Robert Ludlum, The Matlock Paper

Isaac Newton
“No old Men (excepting Dr. Wallis) love Mathematicks.”
Isaac Newton

Michael Bassey Johnson
“There's no difference between a madman and a professor...it should be clear to you in the way they dress, act and think.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

J.M. Coetzee
“I don't know what you do about sex and I don't want to know, but this is not the way to go about it. You're what – fifty-two? Do you think a young girl finds any pleasure in going to bed with a man of that age? Do you think she finds it good to watch you in the middle of your...? Do you ever think about that?"

He is silent.

"Don't expect sympathy from me, David, and don't expect sympathy from anyone else either. No sympathy, no mercy, not in this day and age. Everyone's hand will be against you, and why not? Really, how could you?"

The old tone has entered, the tone of the last years of their married life: passionate recrimination. Even Rosalind must be aware of that. Yet perhaps she has a point. Perhaps it is the right of the young to be protected from the sight of their elders in the throes of passion. That is what whores are for, after all: to put up with the ecstasies of the unlovely.”
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace

Omar El Akkad
“All these old men want it to be like it was when they were young. But it'll never be like that again, and they'll never be young again, no matter what they do.”
Omar El Akkad, American War

Tom Cardamone
“I’ve always assumed the old men were just there, fixed, like lamps, but in love with their moths.”
Tom Cardamone, Pacific Rimming

Chigozie Obioma
“Even his voice had accrued a certain rancour as though the detritus of words long left unsaid inside the cave of his mouth had become rusty and scattered in tiny bits on the top of his tongue whenever he opened his mouth to speak.”
Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen

Romain Gary
“You are the only man I ever respected,' she said. 'But you haven't aged well. You have stayed young. Men who stay young don't age well.”
Romain Gary, Au-delà de cette limite votre ticket n'est plus valable

Isabel Allende
“It made her feel sorry for her husband: she was discovering how vulnerable to flattery a conceited old man could be.”
Isabel Allende, A Long Petal of the Sea

Cormac McCarthy
“Or even knows they need attendin to. But I never done it to benefit myself. Shot that thing. Like I kept peace for seven year sake of a man I never knowed nor seen his face and like I seen them fellers never had no business there and if I couldn’t run em off I could anyway let em know they was one man would let on that he knowed what they was up to. But I knowed if they could build it they could build it back and I done it anyway. Ever man loves peace and a old man best of all.”
Cormac McCarthy

Omar El Akkad
“It amazed her, the length at which old men could talk. She wondered if it wasn't the sound of his own voice, rather than the words themselves, that pleased him. He had small dull eyes and the only time they lit up was when he was speaking.”
Omar El Akkad, American War

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“Old men sign war and assign young men to bear arms and die. Is that how the youths become leaders of tomorrow? The aged are really eating their young.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

John Cowper Powys
“It may well be that what gives to the wind along that Wessex coast its indescribable mixture of vague sorrow and wild obscure joy comes from its passing, on its unpredictable path, the floating hair of so many love-lorn maidens and the wild-tossed beards of so many desolate old men.”
John Cowper Powys, The Brazen Head

Thomas Pynchon
“I've been in more wars for England than I can remember . . . haven't I paid enough? Risked it all for them, time after time. . . . Why must they torment an old man?”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Wilson Rawls
“You know, an old man like me can teach a young boy like you all the good things in life. But it takes a young boy like you to teach an old man like me to appreciate all the good things in life. I guess that’s what life’s all about.”
Wilson Rawls, Summer of the Monkeys