100 Old-Age Quotes And Sayings

Look no further for the most inspirational quotes about old age. Here is a collection of wise, funny, and inspirational words from those who have been there and survived to tell the story.

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do...
I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end. Simone De Beauvoir
Our lives can't be measured by our final years, of...
Our lives can't be measured by our final years, of this I am sure. Nicholas Sparks
It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are...
It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old. Jules Renard
The Little Boy and the Old ManSaid the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon." Said the old man, "I do that too." The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants." I do that too, " laughed the little old man. Said the little boy, "I often cry." The old man nodded, "So do I."But worst of all, " said the boy, "it seems Grown-ups don't pay attention to me." And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand. I know what you mean, " said the little old man. Shel Silverstein
There is only one cure for grey hair. It was...
There is only one cure for grey hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine. P.g. Wodehouse
I'm not senile,
I'm not senile, " I snapped. "If I burn the house down it will be on purpose. Margaret Atwood
Your youth is certainly finished and old age has definitely...
Your youth is certainly finished and old age has definitely arrived if you feel that you are losing enthusiasm, excitement and energy towards your dreams and goals. Amit Kalantri
Hardest of all, as one becomes older, is to accept that sapient remarks can be drawn from the most unwelcome or seemingly improbable sources, and that the apparently more trustworthy sources can lead one astray. Christopher Hitchens
I would like to believe in the myth that we grow wiser with age. In a sense my disbelief is wisdom. Those of a middle generation, if charitable or sentimental, subscribe to the wisdom myth, while the callous see us as dispensable objects, like broken furniture or dead flowers. For the young we scarcely exist unless we are unavoidable members of the same family, farting, slobbering, perpetually mislaying teeth and bifocals. . Patrick White
When we are young we squander time as though it...
When we are young we squander time as though it were unlimited; When we grow older, then like beggars we wish for crumbs of remembrance... Nanette L. Avery
In the case of Michel Angelo we have an artist who with brush and chisel portrayed literally thousands of human forms; but with this peculiarity, that while scores and scores of his male figures are obviously suffused and inspired by a romantic sentiment, there is hardly one of his female figures that is so, –the latter being mostly representative of woman in her part as mother, or sufferer, or prophetess or poetess, or in old age, or in any aspect of strength or tenderness, except that which associates itself especially with romantic love. Yet the cleanliness and dignity of Michel Angelo's male figures are incontestable, and bear striking witness to that nobility of the sentiment in him, which we have already seen illustrated in his sonnets. Edward Carpenter
Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope...
Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope can be everlasting. Therefore, do not give up hope, Even in the sunset of your life. Sri Chinmoy
Older men declare war. But it is youth that must...
Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover
When you tire of living, change itself seems evil, does it not? for then any change at all disturbs the deathlike peace of the life-weary. Unknown
DisciplineI am old and I have hadmore than my share of good and bad. I've had love and sorrow, seen sudden deathand been left alone and of love bereft. I thought I would never love againand I thought my life was grief and pain. The edge between life and death was thin, but then I discovered discipline. I learned to smile when I felt sad, I learned to take the good and the bad, I learned to care a great deal morefor the world about me than before. I began to forget the "Me" and "I"and joined in life as it rolled by: this may not mean sheer ecstasybut is better by far than "I" and "Me. Meryl Gordon
When the last autumn of Dickens's life was over, he continued to work through his final winter and into spring. This is how all of us writers give away the days and years and decades of our lives in exchange for stacks of paper with scratches and squiggles on them. And when Death calls, how many of us would trade all those pages, all that squandered lifetime-worth of painfully achieved scratches and squiggles, for just one more day, one more fully lived and experienced day? And what price would we writers pay for that one extra day spent with those we ignored while we were locked away scratching and squiggling in our arrogant years of solipsistic isolation? Would we trade all those pages for a single hour? Or all of our books for one real minute? . Dan Simmons
I just got a rather nasty shock. In looking for something or other I came across the fact that one of my cats is about to be nine years old, and that another of them will shortly thereafter be eight; I have been labouring under the delusion they were about five and six. And yesterday I happened to notice in the mirror that while I have long since grown used to my beard being very grey indeed, I was not prepared to discover that my eyebrows are becoming noticeably shaggy. I feel the tomb is just around the corner. And there are all these books I haven't read yet, even if I am simultaneously reading at least twenty.. Edward Gorey
And then we ease him out of that worn-out body with a kiss, and he's gone like a whisper, the easiest breath. Mark Doty
Loneliness tortures many if not most of the elderly more...
Loneliness tortures many if not most of the elderly more intensely and more frequently than it torments many if not most of us who will never be or have not yet been pushed or pulled into old age. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
As an unavoidable result of the inevitable loss of some...
As an unavoidable result of the inevitable loss of some physical and/or some mental abilities, many a man who has been alive for many years has become a boy again. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Life is a process during which one initially gets less...
Life is a process during which one initially gets less and less dependent, independent, and then more and more dependent. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some social ills are preserved by the common misbelief that...
Some social ills are preserved by the common misbelief that things such as ignorance, greed, and stupidity do not have the stamina required to reach old age. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
With regard to things such as independence, mental capabilities, and...
With regard to things such as independence, mental capabilities, and sexuality, a very old man is nothing but a gigantic infant with white hair and wrinkles. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
We envy people who are extremely old because we wish...
We envy people who are extremely old because we wish to live that long, not because we want to be that old. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
When you are old and grey and full of sleep...
When you are old and grey and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep W.b. Yeats
Old age doth in sharp pains abound; We are belabored by the gout, Our blindness is a dark profound, Our deafness each one laughs about. Then reason's light with falling ray Doth but a trembling flicker cast. Honor to age, ye children pay! Alas! my fifty years are past! Unknown
One of the first steps to successful leadership is to...
One of the first steps to successful leadership is to always forget your age and remember your dream regularly. Israelmore Ayivor
One of the first steps to successful leadership is to...
One of the first steps to successful leadership is to forget your age and remember your dream. Israelmore Ayivor
Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity,...
Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age. Aristotle
I wept for relationships not possible due to denial and dreams locked in the back of people’s minds, all of the bits of life that lay dormant until the babblings of televisions and nursing homes sweep them away. It makes me wonder how many of the dreams we had originally have already been forgotten. Christopher Hawke
I'll live to be one year younger, because I can't...
I'll live to be one year younger, because I can't stand the idea of a world without you in it, and die buried beneath an avalanche of my own books. Lance Olsen
Angelina said, "Mom. I don't want you to die. That's the whole thing. You took from me the ability to care for you in your old age, and I wanted to be with you when you died, when you die. Mom. I wanted that. Elizabeth Strout
Life teaches us two important things - we are careless...
Life teaches us two important things - we are careless when we are young and by the time we get old, it is too late to be careful! ! Uma Shanker
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
Parker, I'm old, " She said matter-of-factly. "I get away with these things." She continued to wave and smile wildly. "People treat me like an idiot so I'm allowed to act like one from time to time. It's one of the perks. Abby Slovin
Do not let me hear Of the wisdom of old...
Do not let me hear Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly, Their fear of fear and frenzy, their fear of possession, Of belonging to another, or to others, or to God. T.S. Eliot
When you are a child at home alone, you’re afraid...
When you are a child at home alone, you’re afraid someone might come; when you are old and at home alone, you’re afraid no one will come. Ljupka Cvetanova
I would die for you, my love–in old age.
I would die for you, my love–in old age. Ljupka Cvetanova
I wrapped my hands around the familiar cup and tried to draw strength from it. It was from Thea's old Moss Rose set, remnant of careful scrimping and saving in her first year of marriage. Yet the mellow old cup now brought me no comfort, only a feeling of helplessness, of time slipping away. Sunday-best dishes gone to everyday and now to mismatched pieces. Like Thea and me Lorena McCourtney
People think I am younger then I really am, because...
People think I am younger then I really am, because I act so immature. James Hauenstein
Death would not surprise us as often as it does,...
Death would not surprise us as often as it does, if we let go of the misbelief that newborns are less mortal than the elderly. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
After a certain point, all natural bodily changes are for...
After a certain point, all natural bodily changes are for the worst. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The old who refuse to die merely on principle live...
The old who refuse to die merely on principle live on forever, to hate life and complain of all the things they could have been spared had they the good sense to die young. Michelle Franklin
According to Tobias, women hang around longer because they’re less capable of indignation and better at being humiliated, for what is old age but one long string of indignities? What person of integrity would put up with it? Margaret Atwood
He hated old women. They frightened him. There was a smell about them that gave him the willies. They were fierce and they had no price. They never gave a damn about making a scene. They got what they wanted. Louie's grandmother had been a tyrant. She had got whatever she wanted by being fierce. John Steinbeck
One of the worst things I’ve learned about getting older...
One of the worst things I’ve learned about getting older is that there seems to be more change that you don’t like than there was when you were younger and you can’t do nothin’ about it. Dan Groat
How old are you?"" Ten, " answered Tangle."You don't look like it, " said the lady." How old are you, please?" returned Tangle."Thousands of years old, " answered the lady." You don't look like it, " said Tangle."Don't I? I think I do. Don't you see how beautiful I am! George MacDonald
If you will always remember your age and forget your dream, you will live great years and narrow impacts will come out of it. Israelmore Ayivor
Never let your tiny age misguide you to think the time is not yet up. Get up and do it at any age. Israelmore Ayivor
Age in just a number. It carries no weight. The real weight is in impacts. The truth is that you can do it at any age. Get up and be willing to leave a mark. Israelmore Ayivor
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
The land of easy mathematics where he who works adds up and he who retires subtracts. Unknown
A beautiful woman should always have at the back of her mind that her ravishing appearance is only an ephemeral quality. When she wakes up in the morning, looks into the mirror, and notices that something is fading away, she knows that the time is ripe for marriage. She should be careful of who she takes into her life because the union is gonna be everlasting. Michael Bassey Johnson
When I was a child, I thought like a child. When I became adult, I seek a deeper understanding of life. Lailah Gifty Akita
It is a blessed bliss to live to be old. Lailah Gifty Akita
Do all the work you can in your youthful days while you have the greatest strength. Lailah Gifty Akita
Age is only a number. Keep an active life. Lailah Gifty Akita
Appeal with respect to elderly people as you would to the members of your own family. Lailah Gifty Akita
PartingOne is strong, a child now grown The other weak, a parent aged- The strong once feeble The weak once mighty- Time, the infinityhas marked them... Muse
You can not have empty or neutral mind, as long as you work the mind will contain dreams, if you stop working it will contain regrets. Amit Kalantri
Growing older is a blurred birth certificate that only can take us to this world’s perplexed journey, but it cannot smear the letters of the epitaph Munia Khan
Old is old at any age. Old is when you quit asking questions about this, that, and everything. Old is when you forget how to love-or worse, don't care. Old is when you don't want to dance anymore. Old is when you don't want to learn anything new except how to be old. Old is when people tell you that you are old-and you believe them. Carew Papritz
If an eighty-six-year-old woman has been clear-seeing from a young age, she will have gone through a lot of life developing a keen eye for snares and pitfalls, an ear for deceit, and a good nose for knavery. And by such an age, a smart woman with no illusions is one to whom courage comes far more readily than it does to those young people who don't yet know the world for what it is. Dean Koontz
Honor LostAmbulant sunshine piercedthe soot covered glass ~the feeble man wandered byin this ritual morning pass ... Muse
Do all the work you while you still have strength. Lailah Gifty Akita
Even when you don't see old age coming, you can wave it goodbye Benny Bellamacina
In my old age, I was at last being permitted to make the discovery that lovemaking gets better and better with time, if it's with someone you care for. Patricia Nell Warren
The natural heat, say the good-fellows, first seats itself in the feet: that concerns infancy; thence it mounts into the middleregion, where it makes a long abode and produces, in my opinion, the sole true pleasures of human life; all other pleasures in comparison sleep; towards the end, like a vapor that still mounts upward, it arrives at the throat, where it makes its final residence, and concludes the progress. Michel De Montaigne
You cannot afford to gamble your youth only for fun. Amit Kalantri
We can never skip growing old. As we grow older, we understand old things and things of old times better! Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Appreciate youthfulness and empathize with elderly people. Lailah Gifty Akita
It always a blessing to learn the wisdom from elderly people. Lailah Gifty Akita
We grow old judging others And ourselves Until life humbles us And makes scared children of us Longing to hold another’s hand To hear their kind words And witness their kind deeds done on our behalf. But like children, We sabotage everything For nothing satisfies us Until life crumbles us And we are no more. Kamand Kojouri
Parents raise children then grow old, and their children forget the things their old parents did for them, because their brains don’t remember before they grew selfish. There are buildings all over the world full of old people sitting around looking out of windows, full of hate for their selfish sons and daughters. And meanwhile, the selfish sons and daughters look out of their windows at their children playing and think how wonderful their unbreakable bond of love is between them and their children. Craig Stone
Grandchildren are their grandparents' toys. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
At seventy-one you can't expect to hear a story, any story, and take it as it is. At my age a story stirs up a vortex that sucks into its eye more stories, and spits out still more. I must remember what I must. Miroslav Penkov
At my age, every day that I overcome simple inertia is a victory. Michael LaRocca
Love, care and treasure the elderly people in the society. Lailah Gifty Akita
It is gracious to have old people full of vitality and endowed with wisdom in our society. Lailah Gifty Akita
When illness and old age are no longer indulgent and strength is irrevocably seeping away, brightness fades insidiously away from the light of the day and time only betrays reckless evanescence. (“Into a new life”) Erik Pevernagie
We are never old with the strength of the spirit, although the body may fail. Lailah Gifty Akita
I have a thing for things that last. Criss Jami
The Coming of Wisdom with TimeThough leaves are many, the root is one, Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun; Now I may wither into the truth. W.b. Yeats
Europe, the land of easy mathematics where he who works adds up and he who retires subtracts. The land where the economy gets to stagger all over the continent. Unknown
They say marry the person with whom you are the closest to, the guy with whom you can share your 3 am thoughts with, sitting on a rooftop and discussing random things like why cavemen were hirsute or why the earth isn’t a square. The genie who knows what you want before you open your mouth. The angel who reads your mind before you can articulate your thoughts. The friend you can laugh and cry with. The brother whose arms are safer than any amount of security and protection the outside world can provide you. The parent that will support you through thick and thin, no matter what. The soul whose love for them in the river of your heart will never dilute, even when the currents get rough, and the waters, dark. The fellow who would tell you that he loves you every night and spend the day proving it through little gestures that speak much louder than any words of love. The person with whom you can hold hands when you turn eighty and announce to the world- ‘we made it! . Faraaz Kazi
Great beauty and youth capture our attention, excite a deep pleasure; however, why shouldn't our souls gaze at a countenance over which the years have passed? Isn't there a story there, one unknown, full of pain or beauty, which pours its reflection into the features, a story we can read with some compassion or at least get a slight hint of its meaning? The young point toward the future; the old tell of a past. Adalbert Stifter
...her own experience was beginning to tell her that an alert old age can be more keen than the cards. Unknown
In times like these I always cheered myself up with a certain story. I forgot just when I first heard it, or who I heard it from.. but, back when I was young it would cheer me up when I was feeling depressed. Basically, you think of life in terms of a single 24 hour day. So if you take the average human lifespan, to be around 72 years, then dividing that by 24.. that comes to 3 years per hour. Meaning, that if you were 18 it'd only be 6 AM! 6 in the morning is nothing! Schools aren't even open by then! It's only been a couple of hours before sunrise, the day's just begun! So if you're 18, you can still fix you life by then! In fact even if you were 30 year old, that's still only 10 AM! The sun's still high, and there's still 2 hours until noon! You still have the whole afternoon to fix your life! You could still make something of yourself. I've always been thinking that, but.. I'm now 45 years old! 45 divided by 3 is 15 meaning, that the time 3PM! Ring Ring Ring! I can hear the clock, ringing in my mind! There's only 2 hours before work is over at 5PM! I can't redo anything, it's almost time to go home already. Nobuyuki Fukumoto
Persistent smile brings out hollow dimples, and persistent frowns brings out hollow wrinkles. Michael Bassey Johnson
Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess:Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity. Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples' affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends. Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing. I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn't agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong. Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint -- it is so hard to live with some of them -- but a harsh old person is one of the devil's masterpieces. Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so. Amen. Margot BenaryIsbert
Those thoughts come to me in the night, those thought and thoughts of becoming sick or helpless, of the nursing home, of lingering death. I gnaw again the old bones of the fear of what is to come, and grieve with a sisterly grief over Grandmam and Mrs. Feltner and the other old women who have gone before. Finally, as a gift, as a mercy, I remember to pray, 'Thy will be done, ' and then again I am free and can go to sleep. . Wendell Berry
Be present and aware of the privilege of living. Ann Marie Frohoff
Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough. Groucho Marx
I can't really tell how old I am, only that I'm too young to wonder if I asked the right questions in the past, and too old to wish the future will bring me all the answers. Unknown
The glory of the elderly is long life with grey hair. Lailah Gifty Akita
May you live to be as old as 120 years old. Lailah Gifty Akita
Once we were young, now we are adult. Lailah Gifty Akita
Take care of the elderly people. Lailah Gifty Akita
The older you get, the easier it is for you to distinguish between your friends and people you are not seeing for the first time. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Us women, no matter how crude we are with one another, we must always remember that we have two enemies in common.” The three of us look at each other confused, then back at Ms. Eleanor waiting for her to answer.“ Men, ” she sighs, still staring off. “And old age. Chelsea Ballinger