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  • The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. – Lucille ball
  • The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune. English Proverb
  • Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Jack Benny
  • The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. – Oscar Wilde


There are so many things about which some old man ought to tell one while one is little; for when one is grown one would know them as a matter of course. – Rainer Maria Rilke

PLeas’d look forward, pleas’d to look behind,
And count each birthday with a grateful mind. – Alexander Pope

  • Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young. – Fred Astaire

Whatever with the past has gone,
The best is always yet to come. – Lucy Larcomballoonz

  • It takes a long time to grow young. – Pablo Picasso

It is better to wear out than to rust out. – Bishop Richard Cumberland

  • A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age. – Robert Frost

My Birthday! what a difference sound
That word had in my youthful ears;
And how each time the day comes round,
Less and less white its mark appears. – Thomas Moore

Here’s a posy of flowers, and a basket too,
With Birthday greetings all for you. – Annonymous

Sugar in the gourd and honey in the horn,
I never was so happy since the hour I was born. – Anonymous

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up…a lot of people don’t have the courage to do it. – Helen Hayes

‘Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s incln’d. – Alexander Pope

When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. – James M. Barrie

Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow. – Margaret Fuller

Sing a song of Birthdays
Full of fun and cheer
And may you keep on having them
For many a happy year. – Anonymous

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year. – Anonymous

  • Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs. – Anon

Would ye both eat your cake and have your cake? – John Heywood

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton

Most of us can remember a time when a birthday – especially if it was one’s own brightened the world as if a second sun has risen. – Robert Lynd

Birthday CupcakeThe Best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once. – H. V. Prochnow

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me. – Ellen Glasgow

I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,
The violets, and the lily-cups,
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs, where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburmum on his birthday,-
The tree is living yet. – Thomas Hood

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Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. – Franz Kafka

At times is it seems that I am living my life backward, and that at the approach of old age my real youth will begin. My soul was born covered with wrinkles-wrinkles that my ancestors and parents most assiduously put there and that I had the greatest trouble removing,… – Andre Gide

My heart is like a singing bird…
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me. – Christine Rossetti

“I mean, what is an un-birthday present?”
“A present given when it isn’t your birthday, of course.”
Alice considered a little. “I like birthday presents best,” she said at last.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about!” cried Humpty Dumpty. “How many days are there in a year?”
“Three hundred and sixty-five,” said Alice.
“And how many birthdays have you?”
“One.” – Lewis Carroll

I want to be an artist
To paint pictures just for you,
So when each birthday comes around,
I can send you quite a few. – Anonymous

The secret to eternal youth is arrested development. – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age. – Margaret Mead

There was a star danced, and under that was I born. – William Shakespeare

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. – George Santayana

You’d scarce expect one of my age
To speak in public on the stage,
And if I chance to fall below
Demosthenes or Cicero,
Don’t view me with a critic’s eye,
But pass my imperfections by.
Large streams from little fountains flow,
Tall oaks from little acorns grow. – David Everett

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them. – Virginia Woolf

Youth comes but once in a lifetime. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it. – Rudyard Kipling

Keep true to the dream of thy youth. – Friedrich Von Schiller

It is through the idealism of youth that man catches sight of truth, and in that idealism he possesses a wealth which he must never exchange for anything else. – Albert Schweitezer

A man over nintey is a great comfort to all his elderly neighbors: he is a picket-guard at the extreme outpost; and the young folks of sixty and seventy feel that the enemy must get by him before he can come near their camp. – Oliver Wendell HolmesCandelabra

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty. – Georges Clemenceau

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

From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five, she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality. From fifty-five on, she needs good cash. – Sophie Tucker

When you turn thirty, a whole new thing happens: you see yourself acting like you parents. – Blair Sabol

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished a how much he had learned in seven years. – Mark Twain

The advantage of being eighty years old is that one has many people to love. – Jean Renoir

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, but it’s up to you to merit the face you have at fifty. – Coco Chanel

How far that little candle throws his beams! – William Shakespeare

If you want to be happy, be. – Henry David Thorreau

The secret anniversaries of the heart. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Never look a gift horse in the moouth! – Saint Jerome

God loveth a cheerful giver. – Corinthians

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. – Pierre Cornielle

All my possessions for one moment of time. – Queen Elizabeth!

Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me. – Carl Sandburg

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh yourself. – Ethel Barrymore

Make hay while the sun shines. – Proverb

One to-day is worth two to-morrows. – Benjamin Franklin

The more things change, the more they remain the same. – Alphonse Karr

Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants. – Edward Steichen

If only I may grow: firmer, simpler-quieter, warmer. – Dag Hammarskjold

We are always the same age inside. – Gertrude Stein

The heyday of woman’s life is the shady side of fifty. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Thirty, thirty-five, forty, all had come to visit her like admonitory relatives, and all had slipped away without a trace, without a sound, and now, once again, she was waiting. – Evan S. Connell

I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred. – Thomas Alva Edison

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. – French proverb

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement. – Benjamin Franklin

A man of forty today has nothing to worry him but falling hair, inability to button the top button, failing vision, shortness of breath, a tendency of the collar to shut off all breathing, trembling of the kidneys to whatever tune the orchestra is playing, and a general sense of giddiness when the matter of rent is brought up. Forty is Life’s Golden Age. – Robert Benchley

You make me chuckle when you say that you are no longer young, that you have turned twenty-four. A man is or may be young to after sixty, and not old before eighty. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, – something more than we could learn by ourselves, from a book. – Cyril Connolly

You take all the experience and judgement of men over fifty out of the world and there wouldn’t be enough left to run it. – Henry Ford

How unspeakably the lengthening of memories in common endears our old friends! – George Eliot

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eye’d,
Such seems your beauty still. – William Shakespeare

Time draweth wrinkles in a fair face, but addeth fresh colors to a fast friend. – John Lyle

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which strengthens with the setting sun of life. – Jean De La Fontaine

An old man loved is winter with flowers. – German proverb

A friendship counting nearly forty years is the finest kind of shade-tree I know. – James Russell Lowell

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

I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines. – Oliver Goldsmith

We are so fond of one another, because our ailments are the same. – Jonathon Swift

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,… – Robert Browning

For he’s a jolly good fellow,
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
Which nobody can deny. – Traditional song

You will recognize, my boy, the first sign of old age: it is when you go out into the streets of London and realize for the first time how young the policemen look. – Sir Seymour Hicks

What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it. – Brigitte Bardot

Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age. – George Sand

To see a young couple loving each other is no wonder, but to see an old couple loving each other is the best sight of all. – William Makepeace Thackeray

There are days of oldness, and then one gets young again. – Katherine Butler Hathaway

At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage. – John Andrew Holmes

Middle age is when you still believe you’ll feel better in the morning. – Bob Hope

The perceptions of middle age have their own luminosity. – Gail Sheehy

What I wouldn’t give to be seventy again! – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

In a dream you are never eighty. – Anne Sexton

Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at seventy. – Dorothy Thompson

The first hundred years are the hardest. – Wilson Mizner

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

Sixteen candles make a lovely light
But not as bright as your eyes tonight. – Luther Dixon

The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men. – Colleen McCullough

At seventy-seven it is time to be earnest. – Samuel Johnson

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable. – Orson Welles

Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them. – Anna Magnani

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