Aging quotes are all inspirational, positive words of wisdom on getting older. Many people worry about getting older and dread the oncoming turn of each decade. But, as with everything in life, our attitude makes all the difference. By keeping a positive attitude to life you'll be happier and more able to cope with whatever may come our way.
Quotes are listed alphabetically on surname.
Quotes from unknown sources are at the bottom of the page.
Aeschylus 525BC - 456BC
It is always the season for the old to learn.
Amos Bronson Alcott 1799 - 1888
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits,
he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich 1836 - 1907
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent...
that is to triumph over old age.
Muhammad Ali 1942
Age is whatever you think it is.
You are as old as you think you are.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty,
has wasted thirty years of his life.
Elizabeth Arden 1884 - 1966
I'm not interested in age.
People who tell me their age are silly, you're as old as you feel.
Aristotle 384BC - 322BC
Education is the best provision for old age.
May L. Becker
We grow neither better or worse as we get old...
but more like ourselves.
Henry Ward Beecher 1813 - 1887
Young love is a flame - very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep burning, unquenchable.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Ray Bradbury 1920
Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.
It is possible at any age to discover a lifelong desire you never knew you had.
Les Brown 1945
You are never too old to set another goal,
or to dream a new dream.
Robert Browning 1812 - 1889
Grow old with me... The best is yet to be.
Martin Buber 1878 - 1965
To be old is a glorious thing when one has not unlearned what it means to begin.
When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift anyday.
George Burns 1896 - 1996
You can't help getting older...
but you don't have to get old.
John Burroughs 1837 - 1921
How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and colour are their last days.
Martin Buxbaum 1912 - 1991
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty...
They merely move it from their face into their hearts.
George William Curtis 1824 - 1892
Age is a matter of feeling... not of years.
Johnny Depp 1963
I suppose it's all a question of surgery, isn't it? Of course the notion is beautiful, the idea of staying a boy and child forever, and I think you can. I have known plenty of people who in their later years had the energy of children and the kind of curiosity and fascination with things like little children. I think we can keep that, and I think it's important to keep that part of staying young. But I also think it's great fun growing old.
Emily Dickinson 1830 - 1886
We turn not older with years,
but newer every day.
Benjamin Disraeli 1804 - 1881
I have lived long enough to know that the evening glow of love has its own riches and splendour.
John Donne 1572 - 1631
No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace,
as I have seen in one autumnal face.
Marie Dressler 1868 - 1934
It is not how old you are...
but how you are old.
Will Durant 1885 - 1982
The love we have in our youth is superficial
compared to the love an old man has for his wife.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
The years teach us much
the days never knew.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900 - 1944
A man's age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man's age represents a fine cargo of experience and memories.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher 1879 - 1958
Those who love deeply never grow old,
they may die of old age, but they die young.
Henry Ford 1863 - 1947
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps on learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep the mind young.
Nancy Friday 1933
The older I get...
the more of my mother I see in myself.
James A. Garfield 1831 - 1881
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart.
The spirit should never grow old.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe 1749 - 1832
It's not that age brings childhood back again, age merely shows what children we remain.
The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life.
"Why" I answered without a thought, "NOW."
You will never be old with a twinkle in your eye
with the springtime in your heart as you watch the winter fly.
You will never be old while you have a smile to share
while you wonder at mankind and you find the time to care.
While there's magic in your world and a special dream to hold
while you still can laugh at life you will never be old.
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 - 1894
Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
We do not quit playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we quit playing.
While we've youth in our hearts, we can never grow old.
Victor Hugo 1802 - 1885
Forty is the old age of youth...
Fifty the youth of old age.
Aldous Huxley 1894 - 1963
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Aging allows us to drop the baggage. It is only through life experiences that our incredible power can be brought forward in all its glory.
All the dangers in our world are like a blessed wake up call.
They tell us to live life NOW... not tomorrow, not when the children grow up, not when we retire... but NOW.
We don't have to wait until we are old to gather the riches...
We can gather them every day of our lives.
Douglas Jerrold 1803 - 1857
How beautiful can time with goodness, make and old man look.
Joseph Joubert 1754 - 1824
The evening of a well spent youth brings it's lamps with it.
Dalai Lama 1935
Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and look back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
Madeline L'Engle 1918 - 2007
The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
C. S. Lewis 1898 - 1963
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807 - 1882
Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
Sophia Loren 1934
There is a fountain of youth; it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt.
As young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear.
As young as your hope, as old as your despair.
W. Somerset Maugham 1874 - 1965
When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully.
Michelangelo 1475 - 1564
I am still learning.
(at age 87)
Christopher Morley 1890 - 1957
Cherish all your happy moment...
They make a fine cushion for old age.
Robert Muller 1923 - 2010
As the number of old people will grow, the world will gain in wisdom.
Genius can flower in a young person and in an old person. It can be a precocious capacity or the result of a long life experience.
I take always solace from the fact that St Augustine started to write the City Of God at the age of 59.
My physical body may be less efficient and less beautiful in old age. But God has given me an enormous compensation: my mind is richer my Soul is broader and my wisdom is at a peak. I am so happy with the riches of my advance peak age that, contrary to Faust, I would not wish to return to youth.
Old age is not a diminution.. It is a peak experience.
Old age is the time of meditation, of conclusion and wisdom, of story-telling and sharing advice with the little ones and youth as one climbs the last hill of life.
Older people are closer to God. Therefore, they are better transmitters of wisdom and spirituality.
The richest product of advance, old age is wisdom and story telling.
The sand of my life is running out.. Is it white, black or golden sand?
To those who see this world as part of God’s Creation, death will come naturally and gently.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child. When I was an adult, I no longer spoke like a child. When I became old and wise, I spoke again like a child. I wish I had spoken all my life like a child.
Wise elderly persons should become gurus. The teaching of wisdom should be the main function of the third age. We should create third age universities or at least faculties.
Anais Nin 1903 - 1977
Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Many people can't stand the thought of aging, but it's the crystallized thought patterns and inflexible mind-sets that age people before their time. You can break through and challenge your crystallized patterns and mind-sets. That is what evolution and the expansion of love are really about.
Norman Vincent Peale 1898 - 1993
Live your life and forget your age.
Ralph Perry 1876 - 1957
Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.
Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1973
Age only matters when one is aging.
Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might as well be twenty.
One starts to get young at the age of sixty.
Plato 429BC - 347BC
He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.
The spiritual eyesight improves...
as the physical eyesight declines.
By the time beauty has gone, hopefully, wisdom comes to tell you that it doesn't matter.
The key to successful aging is...
to pay as little attention to it as possible.
Jean Paul Richter 1763 - 1825
Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life,
the clearer we should see through it.
Julia Roberts 1967
The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that's good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day.
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art.
Susan Sarandon 1946
I look forward to being older...
When what you look like becomes less and less an issue, and what you ARE is the point.
Charles Schopenhauer 1788 - 1860
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party,
when the masks are dropped.
James A. Simpson
Avoid being a 'groan' up.
Cultivate your sense of humour. On life's journey from nappy rash to denture adhesive, humour is a great pain reliever
Don't regret growing older...
remember that a lot of sugar is to be found at the bottom of the cup.
Elderly people are like plants. Whereas some go to seed, or to pot, others blossom in the most wonderful ways. I believe beauty competitions should be held only for people over seventy years of age. When we are young, we have the face and figure God gave us. We did nothing to earn our good looks. But as we get older, character becomes etched on our face. Beautiful old people are works of art. Like a white candle in a holy place, so it the beauty of an aged face.
Beau Casper Smart 1987
Ages are mere reminders of the hours logged on this earth
and the precious time remaining.
Hannah Whitall Smith 1832 - 1911
If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straightaway to become one. There is no fun for old people like it.
Gertrude Stein 1874 - 1946
We are always the same age inside.
Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 1862
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
Mark Twain 1835 - 1910
Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Samuel Ullman 1840 - 1924
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human beings heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game of living.
In the center of your heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.
Liv Ullmann 1938
Soon I will be and old, white haired lady, into whose lap someone places a baby, saying "Grandma!" - I, who myself so recently was photographed on my grandmother's lap.
Mark Wahlberg 1971
I embrace old age.
Mary H. Waldrip
Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.
Edmund Waller 1606 - 1687
The soul's dark cottage battered and decayed,
Let's in new light through chinks that time hath made.
Mae West 1893 - 1980
You're never too old to become younger.
Betty White 1922
I may be a senior, but so what?...
I'm still hot.
I think it's your mental attitude. So many of us start dreading age in high school and that's a waste of a lovely life. 'Oh.. I'm 30, oh, I'm 40, oh, 50.' Make the most of it.
Old age is not a surprise, we knew it was coming...
Make the most of it.
Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren't going to get rid of me that way.
Don't let your age control your life...
Let your life control your age.
Maturing is... realizing how many things don't require your comment.
Virginia Woolf 1882 1941
I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.
Frank Lloyd Wright 1867 - 1959
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
Lois Wyse 1926 - 2007
Didn't we, like our grandchildren, begin with a childhood we thought would never end? Now, all of a sudden, I'm older than my parents were when I thought they were old.
Everyone is the age of their heart.
If a family has an old person in it, it possess a jewel.
It's never too late to learn.
The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.
There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle.
Age is... only a number.
Aging is only a human process of the body,
our Soul can stay young forever.
A man is not old until regrets take the place of his dreams.
An old man in love is like a flower in winter.
Blessed are they who understand
My faltering step and shaking hand.
Blessed are they who know my ears today
Must strain to catch the things they say.
Blessed are they who seem to know
My eyes are dim, my mind is slow.
Blessed are they with cheery smile
Who stop to chat for a little while.
Blessed are they who make it known
I'm loved, respected and not alone.
Do not regret growing older...
It is a privilege denied to many.
I'm not forty, I'm eighteen with twenty two years experience.
It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle.
Just when I thought I was too old to fall in love again...
I became a grandparent.
Life is short... Smile, while you have teeth!
Live your life and forget your age.
Love your parents.
We are so busy growing up,
we often forget they are also growing old.
No matter how old you both get...
Never stop holding hands,
Never stop dancing
and Never stop saying "I love you."
Now you and I are older lad
We have a bond to treasure
We can look into each others eyes
With pride too great to measure
That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart.
The heart has no wrinkles.
The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life,
the clearer we should see through it.
The older I get, the less I care about what people think of me.
Therefore the older I get, the more I enjoy life.
There is always a lot to be thankful for, if you take the time to look. For example, I'm sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.
They say that age is all in the mind.
The trick is keeping it from creeping down into the body.
To age is not a problem, but by taking on problems...
I will age.
Wrinkles are the service stripes of life.
You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.
You can't hide your true colours as you approach the autumn of your life.
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