For the first half of your life, people tell you what you should do; for the second half, they tell you what you should have done.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
Heard in Arkansas
Age mellows some people; others it makes rotten.
Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
Men grow old, pearls grow yellow, there is no cure for it.
The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines.
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age.
Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
Old age comes at a bad time.
The time to begin most things is ten years ago.
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.
François de la Rochefoucauld
Intellectual blemishes, like facial ones, grow more prominent with age.
It spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy 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 a small way.
Age is an ugly thing, and it goes on getting worse.
H. J. Byron, An Adage
The gardener's rule applies to youth and age:
When young "sow wild oats," but when old, grow sage.
To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
Consider well the proportion of things. It is better to be a young June bug, than an old bird of paradise.
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
Wall Stress Journal
Middle age . . . when a man is at the peak of his yearning power.
James M. Barrie
Life is a long lesson in humility.
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forewards.
Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 3.4.283
Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance.
François de la Rochefoucauld
Few people know how to be old.
God gives nuts to those with no teeth.
Adolph Zukor, on approaching his hundredth birthday
If I'd known how old I was going to be I'd have taken better care of myself.
In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us.
The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.
The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
If youth knew; if age could.
Find an aim in life before you run out of ammunition.
Never too old to learn.
Arthur Schopenhauer, Paregra und Paralipomena
A man must have grown old and lived long in order to see how short life is.
Pennsylvania Dutch proverb
We get too soon old and too late smart.
François de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
As we grow older we grow both more foolish and wiser at the same time.
Malcolm Forbes, The Capitalist Handbook
By the time we've made it, we've had it.
At twenty we worry about what others think of us; at forty we don't care about what others think of us; at sixty we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all.
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