Inspirational Quotes About Age and Ageing

Updated on February 27, 2019

It was my birthday this month, and I found myself counting the years—an event that had me recalling a time when my daughter was three years old. She had proudly weaned herself off nappies, dummies, baby bottles, etc. One day, she walked up to me, smiled, and put her younger sister’s feeding bottle into her mouth, and said, “Gee, I’m getting so small dad!”

And this made me think of one of my very favourite Bob Dylan quotes, "Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now."

It is not how old you are, but how you are old. Marie Dressler

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. John Barrymore

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. Benjamin Franklin

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age. Thomas B. Aldrich

Youth is wasted on the young. George Bernard Shaw

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau

We are always the same age inside. Gertrude Stein

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel. Elizabeth Arden

We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves. May L. Becker

We turn not older with years, but newer every day. Emily Dickinson

Age does not matter if the matter does not age. Carlos Pena Romulo

Grow old with me the best is yet to come. Robert Browning

A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope. Charles M. Schulz

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed. Charles M Schultz

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles M. Schulz

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. Charles M. Schulz

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself. Charles M. Schulz

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time. Charles M. Schulz

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. Jim Fiebig

Youth has no age. Pablo Picasso

One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.  Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. George William Curtis

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. Mark Twain

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 Berry

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Henry Ford

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. Vincent van Gogh

Relish love in our old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating. Leo Buscaglia

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. Jeanne Moreau

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

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it. George Burns

Does age poison us, or do we poison age? Astrid Alauda

Don't just count your years, make your years count. Ernest Meyers

From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life. Carl Jung

Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get. Keith Richards

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were? Satchel Paige

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.  Abraham Sutzkever

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

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked. Pearl S Buck

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. Martin Buxbaum

When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day. Marty Bucella

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein

To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love. Bonstettin

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long. Marcus T Cicero

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. Doug Larson

You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. Bonnie Prudden

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’Neil

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      • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

        Russ Baleson 

        12 months ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

        Thanks Ravi

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        12 months ago

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        Russ Baleson 

        7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

        Thanks Mona, the collecting of these quotes is a gift in itself as is the pleasure received in sharing.

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        Mona Germain 

        7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I enjoyed this collection of wisdom. It is encouraging and gives perspective. I love the additons of Kahil Gibran! Awesome choice to end with! It must have taken a while to collect all these!

      • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

        Russ Baleson 

        8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

        Hi Loria, yes it's amazing how many ways life has of letting us know that time is passing by. If you look hard enough though, it also reminds us that it's never too late to have a happy childhood. :) Thanks for your comments. Russ

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        8 years ago

        I find myself more and more holding the menu far away from me in order to read it. I have a birthday next month that I'm not looking forward to. :-)

      • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

        Russ Baleson 

        8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

        Hi Petra, And that is really the secret isn't it? To enjoy it. Thank you! Russ xx

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        Russ Baleson 

        8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

        Hi Larry, I love the fact that you studiously ignore ageing. I guess that's part of the secret. Thanks as always for your comments, support and putting a smile on my face. Be young. Russ

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        Petra Vlah 

        8 years ago from Los Angeles

        Since we can't avoid the inevitable, we might as well enjoy it and remembering some of the wise quotes you put together for us, may help:-))) Thank you, Sir.

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        8 years ago from Northern Arizona

        Morning Russ...This was a wonderfully humorous and informative read about a subject I studiously ignore...ageing, that is...

        Agatha Christie had the right idea when she famously said : "I married an archaeologist because the older I grow, the more he appreciates me. " ...Now there is a woman that knows whereof she speaks...

        Keats has writ " when I have fears that I may cease to be, before this pen has gleaned my teeming brain..." has always been my favorite poem, which I quoted in full at a Karaoke last week, much to my wife's astonished embarrassment ( I'd had a couple of Bushmills' and felt very Irish )...At 72 I seem to have more courage to make a fool out of myself than when I was younger...nothing to lose, I guess...still, there is no fool like an old fool, even though I did receive a round of applause for my efforts...What the heck...Carpe Diem, right..?

        Two thumbs up for sharing these quotes and your personal asides with us...Take care, my friend, Larry


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