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Victor HugoForty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

HoraceDo you count your birthdays with gratitude?

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Mignon McLaughlinWomen are the right age for just a few years; men, for most of their lives.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

AristotleThe appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Mark TwainAge is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Eleanor RooseveltToday is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Oscar WildeThe old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Pablo PicassoYou become young at sixty. Unfortunately this is too late.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Michel de MontaigneAge imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Benjamin FranklinMost people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Laurence J PeterMiddle age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Mark TwainAnyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Oscar WildeOne should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

George OrwellAt 50, everyone has the face he deserves.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

George OrwellHe had reached the age when the future ceases to be a rosy blur and becomes actual and menacing.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Samuel JohnsonThere are, in every age, new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

John DrydenReason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Francis BaconA man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Francis BaconWives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Francis BaconAge appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Stanislaw Jerzy LecYouth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Fyodor DostoyevskyThe second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Victor HugoThe girl hopes, the woman enjoys, the old lady remembers.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Alfred CapusMy age? It depends, madam, on your intentions.

—  Alfred Capus, 1858-1922, French writer

William JamesAge is a very high price to pay for maturity.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

David Lloyd GeorgeA young man who isn't a socialist hasn't got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn't got a head.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

Henry FordThere are three things that grow more precious with age; old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to enjoy.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Benjamin FranklinLife biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Walt DisneyThat’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

George Bernard ShawEvery man over forty is a scoundrel.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Funny Quotes

Bob HopeMiddle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.

—  Bob Hope, 1903-2003, American comedian

Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek phraseThe old age of the eagle is the youth of the skylark.

Αετού γήρας κορύδου νεότης.

—  Ancient Greek phrase



Yiddish proverbYouth is a mistake, middle age a struggle, and old age a regret.

—  Yiddish proverb

German proverbYouth is getting drunk without wine and old age is wine without getting drunk.

—  German proverb

French proverbIf youth knew, if old age could.

—  French proverb


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