Aging Quote Archive

Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest. — Marilyn Ferguson

At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look;
At 45 they are caves in which we hide. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened. — Saki

It is a sadness of growing older that some of us lose our ardent appreciation of what is new and different and difficult. — Elizabeth Aston

You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older. — Anouk Aimee

Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.
— Jane E. Brody

Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty. — Ellen Glasgow

As we grow old … the beauty steals inward. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. — Max Frisch

You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. — Bonnie Prudden

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch. — John F. Kennedy

… though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
— II Corinthians 4:16-17

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. — Madeleine L’Engle

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age. – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.
— Lynn Hall

There are days when solitude, for someone my age, is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. — Colette

You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old — whatever ‘the old’ means for you. — Sarah Ban Breathnach

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes — Frank Lloyd Wright

Nostalgia is a seductive liar. — George W. Ball

As I grow older, war looks more and more horrible to me. — Bill Purdin

Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy-five and yet not ever truly to have lived.
— Martin Luther King Jr.

Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough. — Groucho Marx

The heart that loves is always young.– Anonymous

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do. — Zachary Scott

Nothing is more disgraceful than that an old man should have nothing to show to prove that he has lived long, except his years.– Seneca

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. — Arthur Wing Pinero

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.
— Longfellow

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. — Ancient Cherokee Saying