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Golda MeirOld age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard there's nothing you can do.

—  Golda Meir, 1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister

George CarlinOne great thing about getting old is that you can get out of all sorts of social obligations just by saying you’re too tired.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Bette DavisGetting old is not for sissies.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

Benjamin FranklinAll would live long, but none would be old.

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

Emile M. CioranOld age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Pablo PicassoThe older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoWe don’t grow older, we grow riper.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

George Bernard ShawWe don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

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

H.L. MenckenThe older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Oscar WildeWhen I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Somerset MaughamOld age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonNature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonWe don't grow old. When we cease to grow, we become old.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

CiceroNo one is so old as to think that he cannot live one more year.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

Will DurantThe ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

La RochefoucauldThe hell of women is old age.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

George BurnsYou can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Eleanor RooseveltBeautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

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

William ShakespeareFor you and I are past our dancing days.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Romeo and Juliet

Georg Christoph LichtenbergNothing makes one old so quickly as the ever-present thought that one is growing older.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Personal Stories

George BurnsNice to be here? At my age it's nice to be anywhere.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Funny Quotes

Steven WrightHow young can you die of old age?

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

George CarlinAt a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

George BurnsIf you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

George BurnsYou know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

George BurnsRetirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Phyllis DillerYou know you're old if they have discontinued your blood type.

—  Phyllis Diller, 1917 - 2012, American comedian

Phyllis DillerYou know you're old when your walker has an airbag.

—  Phyllis Diller, 1917 - 2012, American comedian

Ancient Greek

MenanderRespect old age, for it does not come alone.

Τίμα το γήρας, ου γαρ έρχεται μόνον.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

Bias of PrieneOld age is a harbor for bad things.

Το γήρας όρμον είναι των κακών.

—  Bias of Priene, 625-540 BC, Greek philosopher, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece


Movie Quotes

Citizen Kane (1941)Old age, it's the only disease...that you don't look forward to being cured of.

—  from the film Citizen Kane (1941)

The Bucket List (2007)Three things to remember when you get older: never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart.

—  from the film The Bucket List (2007)

Lethal Weapon (1987)I'm too old for this.

—  from the film Lethal Weapon (1987)

Star Wars-Return of the Jedi (1983)When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.

—  from the film Star Wars-Return of the Jedi (1983)


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