These 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.
This page contains quotes from sources and authors surnames A through to L, the other page is: M to Z. There is also a page of Aging Sayings with wise words about getting older from unknown sources.
Quotes are listed alphabetically on surname/source
Aging Quotes: A
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 – 2016
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.
Henri Frederic Amiel 1821 – 1881
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom.
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.
Decimius Magnus Ausonius 310 – 195
Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
My parents, William & Doreen (2011)
Aging Quotes: B
Shirley Bassey 1937
You don’t get older… you get better.
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.
Black Elk 1863 – 1950
Look to the old, they are worthy of old age; they have seen their days and proven themselves. With the help of the Great Spirit, they have attained a ripe old age. At this age the old can predict or give knowledge or wisdom, whatever it is, it is so.
Enid Blyton 1897 – 1968
I think people make their own faces, as they grow.
Ray Bradbury 1920
Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.
aging quote from Ray Bradbury
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.
Illustrated by Sandra Reeves
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 any day.
George Burns 1896 – 1996
You can’t help getting older… but you don’t have to get old.
George Burns aging quote on artwork by Sandra Reeves
John Burroughs 1837 – 1921
How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and colour are their last days.
aging quote from John Burroughs
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.
Aging Quotes: C
Julia Cameron 1948
No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby, or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical, or too selfish, or too silly to work on your creativity.
Pablo Casais 1876 – 1973
The man who works and is not bored is never old.
Lydia Maria Child 1802 – 1880
A human heart can never grow old if it takes a lively interest in the pairing of birds, the reproduction of flowers, and the changing tints of autumn leaves.
Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.
George Clooney 1961
I’m kind of comfortable with getting older because it’s better than the other option, which is being dead. So I’ll take getting older.
George William Curtis 1824 – 1892
Age is a matter of feeling… not of years.
Aging Quotes: D
Clarence Day 1874 – 1935
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.
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.
Aging Quotes: E
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.
Emerson aging quote
I love getting older. My understanding deepens. I can see what connects, I can weave stories of experience and apply them. I can integrate the lessons. Things simply become more and more fascinating. Beauty reveals itself in thousands of forms.
Aging Quotes: F
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.
Anatole France 1844 – 1924
Time deals gently only with those who take it gently.
Nancy Friday 1933
The older I get… the more of my mother I see in myself.
Aging Quotes: G
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.
Ryan Gosling 1980
I did this scene in Lars And The Real Girl where I was in a room full of old ladies who were knitting, and it was an all-day scene, so they showed me how. It was one of the most relaxing days of my life.
The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. “Why” I answered without a thought, “NOW.”
Aging Quotes: H
Louise Hay 1926 – 2017
I am now creating a new way of living. I know it’s never too late for me – I am never too old to dream and have goals. Dreams and goals keep me young and interested in life.
Helen Hayes 1900 – 1993
Age is not important… unless you’re a cheese.
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.
The young man know the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
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.
If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.
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 Quotes: J
Storm Jameson 1891 – 1986
One of the uncovenanted benefits of living for a long time is that, having so many more dead than living friends, death can appear as a step backwards into the joyous past.
Susan Jeffers 1938 – 2012
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.
Susan Jeffers 1938 – 2012
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
Let us be men with men, and always children before God; for in His eyes we are but children. Old age itself, in presence of eternity, is but the first moment of a morning.
The evening of a well spent youth brings it’s lamps with it.
Aging Quotes: K
Children are a great comfort in your old age.
Aging Quotes: L
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.
Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most, live the longest.
Mike Love 1941
The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter, what they mean to you.
Luther Standing Bear (Chief) 1868 – 1939
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. He knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.