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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Some Thoughts on Age and Aging

I come across some wise words on age and aging from here and elsewhere. I like them very much. So here they are:
Age is a question of mind over matter.
If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Satchel Paige (or Mark Twain)

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.
The last of life,
for which the first was made.
Robert Browning, “‘Rabbi Ben Ezra”

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.
We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin,
but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Samuel Ullman

For 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.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Morituri Salutamus,” 1875

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.
Douglas MacArthur

In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives a message of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage - so long are you young. When the wires are all down and our heart is covered with the snow of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are you grown old.
Douglas MacArthur

Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
Author Unknown

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
Emily Dickinson

Anyone who stops learning is old,
whether at twenty or eighty.
Henry Ford

I don't know how you feel about old age...
but in my case I didn't even see it coming.
It hit me from the rear.
Phyllis Diller

You can't help getting older,
but you don't have to get old.
George Burns

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