Abigail Van Buren, 1978
The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), 'Nicomachean Ethics'
Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Bernard M. Baruch, 1940
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.
I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. 'Don't complain about growing old - many, many people do not have that privilege.'
Earl Warren, Chief Justice
Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.
Ellen Glasgow, The Woman Within, 1954
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)
Age to me means nothing. I can't get old; I'm working. I was old when I was twenty-one and out of work. As long as you're working, you stay young. When I'm in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age.
George Burns (1896 - 1996)
It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.
Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.
George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.
Gloria Pitzer, in Reader's Digest, 1979
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
A young man is embarrassed to question an older one.
Homer (~700 BC), The Odyssey
Young men's minds are always changeable, but when an old man is concerned in a matter, he looks both before and after.
Homer (~700 BC), The Iliad
To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart - and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love.
Karl von Bonstetten
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of the blood.
Logan Pearsall Smith (1865 - 1946)
I never feel age...If you have creative work, you don't have age or time.
Louise Nevelson, 1980
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
You're never too old to become younger.
Mae West (1892 - 1980)
Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest.
Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, 1980
Young people have an almost biological destiny to be hopeful.
Marshall Ganz, quoted by Sara Rimer in New York Times
Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternatives.
You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)
A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), The Republic
An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.
Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD), Morals
As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did.
Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)
In case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.
People who say you're just as old as you feel are all wrong, fortunately.
The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.
Saki (1870 - 1916) (H. H. Munro)
I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
Tom Stoppard (1937 - )
When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)