aging 2 - aging 3 - youth

If you carry your childhood with
you, you never become older.

Abraham Sutzkever


To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Age is a question of mind over matter.  If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Satchel Paige


How can anyone be anything but their age?  The trick is to love your age.  Love it when you're young and strong and foolish.  Love it when you're old and wise.  Love it in the middle when the challenges come and you can solve some of them, maybe most of them.  If you love your age, you'll never go around wishing you were some other age.

Miss Lucy (qtd. by Arthur Gordon)

I want to tell people approaching and perhaps fearing old age that it is a time of discovery.  If they say "Of what?"  I can only answer "We must find out for ourselves, otherwise it wouldn't be discovery."

Florida Scott-Maxwell

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years.  People grow old only by deserting their ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.

Samuel Ullman


Youth, Day, Old Age and Night

Youth, large, lusty, loving--youth full of grace, force, fascination,
Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination?

Day full-blown and splendid--day of the immense sun, action, ambition, laughter,
The Night follows close with millions of suns, and sleep and restoring darkness.

Walt Whitman


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Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith, "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!"

Robert Browning


On Growing Old

Be with me, Beauty, for the fire is dying,
My dog and I are old, too old for roving,
Man, whose passion sets the spindrift flying
Is soon too lame to march, too cold for loving.

I take the book and gather to the fire,
Turning old yellow leaves; minute by minute,
The clock ticks to my heart; a withered wire
Moves a thin ghost of music in the spinet.

I cannot sail your seas, I cannot wander
Your cornland, nor your hill-land nor your valleys,
Ever again, nor share the battle yonder
Where the young knight the broken squadron rallies.

Only stay quiet while my mind remembers
The beauty of fire from the beauty of embers.

Beauty, have pity, for the strong have power,
The rich their wealth, the beautiful their grace,
Summer of man its sunlight and its flower,
Spring time of man all April in a face.

Only, as in the jostling in the Strand,
Where the mob thrusts or loiters or is loud
The beggar with the saucer in his hand
Asks only a penny from the passing crowd,

So, from this glittering world with all its fashion,
Its fire and play of men, its stir, its march,
Let me have wisdom, Beauty, wisdom and passion,
Bread to the soul, rain where the summers parch.

Give me but these, and though the darkness close,
Even the night will blossom as the rose.

John Masefield


Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you
to merit the face you have at fifty.

Coco Chanel


To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.

Bernard M. Baruch


Growing Old

Let me grow lovely, growing old--
So many fine things to do;
Laces and ivory, and gold,
And silks need not be new;

And there is healing in old trees,
Old streets a glamour hold;
Why may not I, as well as these,
Grow lovely, growing old?

Karle Wilson Baker



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You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished.
To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty--
they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.

Martin Buxbaum


Simplify.  Stop bothering with the non-essentials.  Having devoted
my life to my work so far, I should reap the harvest and learn how
to live the rest of it properly.  It's time now for trees
and grass and growing things.

Author Unknown


It is not how old you are, but how you are old.

Marie Dressler


One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle
age is that it's such a nice change from being young.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher


Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries
for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those
who have used him well; making them old men and women
inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits
young and in full vigor.  With such people the gray head is
but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them
his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch
in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

Charles Dickens

The aster has not wasted spring and summer because it has not blossomed.
It has been all the time preparing for what is to follow, and in autumn it is
the glory of the field, and only the frost lays it low.  So there are many
people who must live forty or fifty years, and have the crude sap of their
natural dispositions changed and sweetened before the blossoming time can
come; but their lives have not been wasted.

Henry Ward Beecher

To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past,
it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual
whose day will soon be over, but part of a stream of life
flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.

Bertrand Russell


Don't just get older, get better.  Live realistically.  Give generously.
Adapt willingly.  Trust fearlessly.  Rejoice daily.

Charles R. Swindoll


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aging 2 - aging 3 - youth

There is a fountain of youth; it is your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life and the lives
of the people you love.  When you will learn to tap
this source, you will have truly defeated age.

Sophia Loren

It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone,
but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.

Andy Rooney


Age has no reality except in the physical world.  The essence of a
human being is resistant to the passage of time.  Our inner lives are
eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and
vigorous as when we were in full bloom.

Gabriel García Márquez
Love in the Time of Cholera


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John O'Donohue
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Morrie Schwartz


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