Quotes About Old Age

Most popular old age quotes

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.


As old as the hills.
Old age is a shipwreck.
It's later than you think.
Old men are twice children.
Old age is the verdict of life.
Old age is an incurable disease.
Old age is an illness in itself.


Love, the last defense against old age.


Age wins and one must learn to grow old.
We grow too soon old and too late smart.
— Pennsylvania Dutch saying


My only fear is that I may live too long.
All would live long, but none would be old.
It is always in season for old men to learn.


Not everything connected with old age is bad.
Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.
Old age isn't a battle. Old age is a massacre.
I'll never make the mistake of being 70 again.
It is easier to counterfeit old age than youth.
Old age is not a total misery. Experience helps.
The man who works and is not bored is never old.


A man in old age is like a sword in a shop window.
Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
When the roses are gone, nothing is left but the thorn.
One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up.
Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick.
There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.
Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.
As a white candle
In a holy place,
So is the beauty
Of an aged face.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.


Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.


The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.


The last act is bloody, however delightful the rest of the play may be.


Old age on a good day is a dance we don't know the steps to: we falter.
If you survive long enough, you're revered—rather like an old building.
I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward.
I adore life but I don't fear death. I just prefer to die as late as possible.
Old age is somewhat like dieting.  Every day there is less of us to be deserved.
Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
Religion often gets credit for curing rascals when old age is the real medicine.


Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


You're not as young as you used to be but you're not as old as you're going to be.
— Irish Saying

aging proverbs

No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace,
As I have seen in one autumnal face.


Old age is a tyrant who forbids, upon pain of death, all of the pleasures of youth.
For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of harvest.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs proverbs

There are no old people nowadays; they are either 'wonderful for their age' or dead.
Old age is having too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.
— Orben’s Current Comedy
There ain't nothing an old man can do for me but bring me a message from a young one.
We've put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it.
Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much.
Old age lives minutes slowly, hours quickly; childhood chews hours and swallows minutes.


Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.
I will offer here, as a sound maxim, this: That we can't reach old age by another man's road.
Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
I know a man so old, he has to use axle grease to keep his legs from creaking' when he walks.
For inside all the weakness of old age, the spirit, God knows, is as mercurial as it ever was.
I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly, you're as young as you feel.
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.


Old age is not an illness, it is a timeless ascent. As power diminishes, we grow toward the light.
Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.
Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent—that is to triumph over old age.
The pleasures of youth are the pains of old age, just as the pleasures of old age are the pains of youth.


The reality of old age starts to sink in when you no longer have to ask for the senior citizen's discount.
Old age is rather like another country. You will enjoy it more if you have prepared yourself before you go.
I don't know what the big deal is about old age. Old people who shine from inside look 10 to 20 years younger.
In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.

health hope

Even at ninety-two, my desire is to learn to be content. We should never get too old to learn or too old to smile !


Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.


Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.
Old men only lie in wait for people to ask them to talk. Then they rattle on like a rusty elevator wheezing up a shaft.
What is called the serenity of age is only perhaps a euphemism for the fading power to feel the sudden shock of joy or sorrow.
With full-span lives having become the norm, people may need to learn how to be aged as they once had to learn how to be adult.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.
Old age is a special problem for me because I've never been able to shed the mental image I have of myself—a lad of about nineteen.
Of the few innocent pleasures left to men past middle life, the jamming of common sense down the throats of fools is perhaps the keenest.


People had much rather be thought to look ill than old: because it is possible to recover from sickness, but there is no recovering from age.
It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life.  Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny.

destiny parody

The country of the aged is a land few people think very hard and seriously about before the time of life when they sense they're arriving there.
Old men, for the most part, are like old chronicles that give you dull but true accounts of times past, and are worth knowing only on that score.
Avarice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end?


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
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.
Years ago, I thought old age would be dreadful, because I would not be able to do all the things I would want to do. Now I find there is nothing I want to do.
Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
I often wonder if God, in His sovereignty, allows the eyesight of the aged to cast a dim view of the here and now so that we may focus our spiritual eyes on the ever after.


The point is this: as an old man Barzillai couldn't do everything he once did — but he did what he could, and God used his efforts. The same can be true of us as we grow older.

God religious

Old men tend to forget what thought was like in their youth; they forget the quickness of the mental jump, the daring of the youthful intuition, the agility of the fresh insight.

youth & age

I am not well; I inhabit a weak, frail, decayed tenement, battered by the winds and broken in upon by the storms; and, from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair.
One evil in old age is, that as your time is come, you think that every little illness is the beginning of the end.  When a man expects to be arrested, every knock at the door is an alarm.


Old age may have its limitations and challenges, but in spite of them our latter years can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling of our lives. It was for them, and it can be for us.


Old age equalizes—we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time.  When we are young we act as if we were the first young people in the world.
Old age was growing inside me.  It kept catching my eye from the depths of the mirror.  I was paralyzed sometimes as I saw it make its way for me so steadily when nothing inside me was ready for it.
I never allow myself to be bored because boredom is aging. If you live in the past grow old and dull, and dusty. It's very nice, of course, to be young and beautiful; but then are other qualities. Thank God.
And what would it be to grow old?  For, after a certain distance, every step we take in life we find the ice growing thinner below our feet, and all around us and behind us we see our contemporaries going through.
When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek.  I am amazed no longer.  Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.

youth & age

In old age our bodies are worn-out instruments, on which the soul tries in vain to play the melodies of youth. But because the instrument has lost its strings, or is out of tune, it does not follow that the musician has lost his skill.


All of one's contemporaries and aging friends are living in a delicate balance, and one feels that one's own consciousness is no longer as brightly lit as it once was.  But then, twilight with its more subdued colors has its charms as well.
In spite of illness, in spite even of the arch-enemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.

curiosity illness

Age's terms of peace, after the long interlude of war with life, have still to be concluded—Youth must be kept decently away—so many old wounds may have to be unbound, and old scars pointed to with pride, to prove to ourselves we have been brave and noble.
No matter who we are, retirement presents us with two choices. Either we can use it to indulge ourselves, or we can use it to make an impact on the lives of others. In other words, the choice we face is between empty self-indulgence and meaningful activity.

retirement service

What testimony are you passing on to others following you? Remembering what God has done for you will invigorate you in old age. Others are watching your actions and attitudes. Don't diminish the impact you can make; pass on foundational truths of God's Word so that younger generations will be as Joshua, "filled with the spirit of wisdom."


It is as natural for old age to be frail, as for the stalk to bend under the ripened ear, or for the autumnal leaf to change its hue.  To this law all who went before you have submitted; and all who shall come after you must yield.  After they have flourished for a season, they shall fade, like you, when the period of decline arrives, and bow under the pressure of years.