I live in that solitude which is painful in
youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
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
Those who love deeply never grow old; they may
die of old age, but they die young.
is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity
to be tender with the young, compassionate with
the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant
with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life
you will have been all of these."
-- Dr. Robert H. Goddard (American rocket engineer
It was once said that the moral test of government
is how that government treats those who are
in the dawn of life, the children; those who
are in the twilight of life, the elderly;
and those who are in the shadows of life,
the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
"I can think of no better way of redeeming
this tragic world today than love and laughter.
Too many of the young have forgotten how to
laugh, and too many of the elders have forgotten
how to love. Would not our lives be lightened
if only we could all learn to laugh more easily
at ourselves and to love one another."
man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed
his longevity. I reckon, he said, with a twinkle
in his eye, it because most nights I went to bed
and slept when I should have sat up and worried.
-- Dorothea Kent
age is not a disease - it is strength and
survivorship, triumph over all kinds of
vicissitudes and disappointments, trials
-- Maggie Kuhn
must be a goal at every stage of life! There
must be a goal!
-- Maggie Kuhn
age is an excellent time for outrage. My
goal is to say or do at least one outrageous
thing every week.
-- Maggie Kuhn
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
is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life and the lives
of people you love. When you learn to tap this source,
you will truly have defeated age."
-- Sophia Loren
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
is…wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly.
-- Miriam Makeba
age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked
because they would take too long.
-- W. Somerset Maugham
If you associate enough with older people
who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored
away in any golden ghettos, you will gain
a sense of continuity and of the possibility
for a full life.
-- Margaret Mead
"The young, free to act on their initiative,
can lead their elders in the direction of
the unknown... The children, the young, must
ask the questions that we would never think
to ask, but enough trust must be re-established
so that the elders will be permitted to work
with them on the answers."
-- Margaret Mead
just count your years, make your years count.
-- Ernest Meyers
We are not limited by our old ages; we are liberated
-- Stu Mittleman
Preparation for old age should begin not later than
one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until
65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.
--Arthur E. Morgan
never feel age...If you have creative work, you
don't have age or time.
-- Louise Nevelson (1900 - 1988)
The old -- like children -- talk to themselves,
for they have reached that hopeless wisdom of experience
which knows that though one were to cry it in the
streets to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss
to one's beloved, the only ears that can ever hear
one's secrets are one's own!
-- Eugene O'Neill
One of the most important phases of maturing is
that of growth from self-centering to an understanding
relationship to others. A person is not mature until
he has both an ability and a willingness to see
himself as one among others and to do unto those
others as he would have them do to him.
-- Harry A. Overstreet
Live your life and forget your age.
-- Norman Vincent Peale
Age should not have its face lifted, but it should
rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the
etchings of experience and the firm line of character.
-- Ralph B. Perry
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)
a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright
the longer we live, and the reason of everything
appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems
less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter
as we approach the end.
-- Jean Paul Richter
want to awaken the passion and creativity
of youth, combine it with the wisdom, experience
and insight of elders, and transform our world."
~ Ocean Robbins
"To be happy in this world, especially when
youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself
not merely an isolated individual whose day
will soon be over, but part of the stream
of life flowing on from the first germ to
the remote and unknown future."
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.
-- George Sand (1804 - 1876)
places and old persons in their turn, when spirit
dwells in them, have an intrinsic vitality of which
youth is incapable, precisely, the balance and wisdom
that come from long perspectives and broad foundations"
-- George Santayana (Spanish born American Philosopher,
Poet and Humanist )
you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should
endeavor to understand him.
-- George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
who love not their fellow-beings live unfruitful
lives, and prepare for their old age a miserable
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley
With age come the inner, the higher life.
Who would be forever young, to dwell always
man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct
of life, as not to receive new information from
age and experience.
sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's
heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like
appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game
of living. In the center of your heart and my heart
there is a wireless station; so long as it receives
messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power
from men and from the infinite, so long are you
-- Samuel Ullman
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