Quotes about Aging

quotes about aging

I hope you enjoy this collection of over 150 quotes about aging.

I find it interesting and fun to see how different people in different times throughout history perceive the aging process. Sometimes it can be inspirational and other times it’s just downright funny.

See how others throughout history and all walks of life perceive how to be happy relative to the aging process.


You cannot judge the value of a life by its length. ~Abraham-Hicks

Maybe tomorrow, the good lord will take you away. ~Aerosmith

While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be. ~Amos Bronson Alcott

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age. ~Amos Bronson Alcott

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form. ~Andre Maurois

In a dream you are never eighty. ~Anne Sexton

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them. ~Arnold Palmer

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

The idea is to die young as late as possible. ~Ashley Montagu

Does age poison us, or do we poison age? ~Astrid Alauda

In dog years, I'm dead. ~Author Unknown

Quotes about Aging
They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body. ~Author Unknown

We are young only once, after that we need some other excuse. ~Author Unknown

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. ~Author Unknown

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

I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience. ~Author Unknown

Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy. ~Author Unknown

When the problem is not so much resisting temptation as finding it, you may just be getting older. ~Author Unknown

I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now. ~Author Unknown

You can't hide your true colours as you approach the autumn of your life. ~Author Unknown

Don't worry about avoiding temptation ~ as you grow older, it starts avoiding you. ~Author Unknown

Quotes about Aging
Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places. ~Author Unknown

Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work. ~Author Unknown

Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving. ~Author Unknown

All would live long, but none would be old. ~Benjamin Franklin

At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment. ~Benjamin Franklin

I never felt that there was anything enviable in youth. I cannot recall that any of us, as youths, admired our condition to excess or had a desire to prolong it. ~Bernard Berenson

Old age ain’t no place for sissies. ~Bette Davis

After thirty, a body has a mind of its own. ~Bette Midler

In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us. ~Beverly Sills

Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries. ~Bill Cosby

When you become senile, you won't know it. ~Bill Cosby

Quotes about Aging
Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. ~Bill Vaughn

Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese. ~Billie Burke

Like a lot of fellows around here, I have a furniture problem. My chest has fallen into my drawers. ~Billy Casper

We are only young once. That is all society can stand. ~Bob Bowen

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. ~Bob Hope

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap. ~Bob Hope

You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake. ~Bob Hope

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

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen. ~Brigitte Bardot

Age is like the newest version of a software - it has a bunch of great new features but you lost all the cool features the original version had. ~Carrie Latet

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. ~Caryn Leschen

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The trick is growing up without growing old. ~Casey Stengel

There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age. ~Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

Old age is a shipwreck. ~Charles de Gaulle

Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs. ~Charles Dickens

We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair. ~Charles Lamb

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~Chili Davis

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. ~Confucius

Inside every older person is a younger person - wondering what the hell happened. ~Cora Harvey Armstrong

Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier. ~Dan Bennett

Middle age is youth without its levity, and age without decay. ~Daniel Defoe

Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once. ~Dave Barry

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The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. Why, I answered without a thought, now. ~David Grayson

Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough. ~Don Marquis

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever. ~Don Marquis

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it. ~Doris Day

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion. ~Doris Lessing

Youth is a disease from which we all recover. ~Dorothy Fulheim

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~Doug Larson

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 a man's middle years there is scarcely a part of the body he would hesitate to turn over to the proper authorities. ~E.B. White

I am getting to an age when I can only enjoy the last sport left. It is called hunting for your spectacles. ~Edward Grey

Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines. ~Edward Young

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Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought. ~Emily Dickinson

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

As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative mathematics, I honestly do not know how old I am. ~Erma Bombeck

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor. ~Euripides

Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead center of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush to the net. ~Franklin Adams

There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important. ~Franklin Adams

Grandchildren don't make a man feel old; it's the knowledge that he's married to a grandmother. ~G. Norman Collie

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. ~George Bernard Shaw

Every man over forty is a scoundrel. ~George Bernard Shaw

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

Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do. ~Golda Meir

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered. ~Graham Greene

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature. ~Harold Coffin

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women? ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. ~Helen Hayes

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel. ~Henri Frederic Amiel

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau

It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart. ~Henry David Thoreau

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. ~Henry Ford

No man is ever old enough to know better. ~Holbrook Jackson

Quotes about Aging
Adulthood is when the ghosts of childhood appear. ~Holden Rinehart

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again. ~Hugo L. Black

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair. ~Ira Gershwin

There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age - I missed it coming and going. ~J.B. Priestly

The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face. ~Jack Nicklaus

Age swallows our childhood. ~Jareb Teague

The elderly don't drive that badly; they're just the only ones with time to do the speed limit. ~Jason Love

I am getting old and the sign of old age is that I begin to philosophize and ponder over problems which should not be my concern at all. ~Jawaharlal Nehru

A man is not old as long as he is seeking something. ~Jean Rostand

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left. ~Jerry M. Wright

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. ~Jim Fiebig

Quotes about Aging
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~John Barrymore

There is still no cure for the common birthday. ~John Glenn

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer

The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible. ~Judith Regan

Maturity is only a short break in adolescence. ~Jules Feiffer

In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived. ~Knut Hamsun

The best thing about getting old is that all those things you couldn't have when you were young you no longer want. ~L.S. McCandless

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. ~Lauren Bacall

First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down. ~Leo Rosenberg

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man. ~Leon Trotsky

One of the best parts of growing older? You can flirt all you like since you've become harmless. ~Liz Smith

Quotes about Aging
Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week. ~Louis Kronenberger

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

You're never too old to become younger. ~Mae West

Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much. ~Margaret Willour

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. ~Mark Twain

The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. ~Mark Twain

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Mark Twain

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum

When it comes to staying young, a mind lift beats a facelift any day. ~Marty Bucella

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old. ~Mary Schmich

Quotes about Aging

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. ~Maurice Chevalier

Old age puts more wrinkles in our minds than on our faces. ~Michel de Montaigne

The past is a great place and I don't want to erase it or to regret it, but I don't want to be its prisoner either. ~Mick Jagger

It's hard to feel middle-aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live? ~Mignon McLaughlin

As we grow older, our capacity for enjoyment shrinks, but not our appetite for it. ~Mignon McLaughlin

In youth we are plagued by desire; in later years, by the desire to feel desire. ~Mignon McLaughlin

The true way to render age vigorous is to prolong the youth of the mind. ~Mortimer Collins

When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality. ~Muriel Spark

Live your life and forget your age. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else. ~Ogden Nash

A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Quotes about Aging

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

Old age is fifteen years older than I am. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine. ~P.G. Wodehouse

It takes a long time to become young. ~Pablo Picasso

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

All diseases run into one, old age. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The years teach much which the days never knew. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes age succeeds, sometimes it fails. It depends on you. ~Ravensara Noite

It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are. ~Raymond A. Michel

Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. ~Robert Browning

Quotes about Aging
I never dared be radical when young- for fear it would make me conservative when old. ~Robert Frost

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. ~Robert Frost

Middle age: The time when you'll do anything to feel better, except give up what is hurting you. ~Robert Quillen

Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. ~Robert Southey

Time is on your side. ~Rolling Stones

Yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone. ~Rolling Stones

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. ~Saint Aurelius Augustine

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

Don't let your life pass you by, weep not for the memories. ~Sarah McLachlan

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were? ~Satchel Paige

The number one factor in aging is burdens. Your burdens, or how you carry them, make you old. ~Scarlett Bene

Quotes about Aging
I am old enough to see how little I have done in so much time, and how much I have to do in so little. ~Sheila Kaye-Smith

I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates. ~T. S. Eliot

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down. ~T.S. Eliot

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young. ~Theodore Roosevelt

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind. ~Timothy Leary

Age is a high price to pay for maturity. ~Tom Stoppard

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. ~Victor Hugo

It's a mere moment in a man's life between an All-Star Game and an Old-timers' Game. ~Vin Scully

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. ~Voltaire

I fear vastly more a futile, incompetent old age than I do any form of death. ~William Allen White

The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older. ~William Lyon PhelpsWe pay when old for the excesses of youth. J. B. Priestley

Quotes about Aging