Why does aging annoy so many people
Selected quotes from classics and non-classics on age / s as well as quotes on young and old
A) Quotes from classics on age
I am always getting older, but I never stop learning. (Solon)
What you acquire in your youth is used in the fight against the misery of old age. And if you want your old age to nourish itself from wisdom, make sure, as long as you are young, that there is no shortage of food at your age (Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Atlanticus 109)
The first forty years of our life provide the text, the following thirty are commentaries on it, which teaches us to understand the true meaning and context of the text, along with the morality and all the subtleties of it. (Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga)
Old age is a natural human condition to which God has given its own feelings that have their own joys. (Wilhelm von Humboldt, letters to a friend)
Getting older is less of a condition than a task. If you solve that, old age is at least as beautiful as youth, and death is then not an end, but fruit. (Eugen Diederichs, after more than sixty years of wandering the earth)
Age transfigured or petrified. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, aphorisms)
Just as not every wine becomes sour with age, neither does every person's age (Cicero, 107-43 BC).
In old age you learn a lot that you didn't want to understand when you were young. (Karl Julius Weber, Democritus)
The more I learn, the more I see how only a good foundation in youth can bring happiness to later days. (Gottfried Keller, letters)
I believe in old age, dear friend, working and growing old, that is what life expects of us. And then one day be old and still not understand everything, no, but start, but love, but suspect, but are connected with the distant and the inexpressible, right into the stars. (Rainer Maria Rilke to Arthur Holitscher, December 13, 1905).
From the point of view of youth, life is an infinitely long future; from the point of view of age, a very short past ... You have to have grown old, that is, lived a long time, to realize how short life is. (Arthur Schopenhauer, aphorisms on wisdom).
Only those who get old receive a complete and appropriate idea of life by overlooking it in its entirety and its natural course, especially not just like the others from the entrance but also from the exit side. (Arthur Schopenhauer, aphorisms on wisdom)
Getting older means: starting a new business yourself; all circumstances change, and one must either stop acting entirely or take on the new role subject with will and consciousness "(Wolfgang Goethe, Maximen und Reflexionen 259).
The age is a polite man:
He knocks once over the other;
But now nobody says: Come in!
And he doesn't want to be in front of the door.
Then it clicks, steps in so quickly
And now means that he is a rough fellow.
(Wolfgang Goethe, Das Alter, 1814).
For me, old age is not a dungeon, but a balcony from which you can see further and more precisely. (Marie Luise Kaschnitz, in: "Orte" 1973).
Old people are not all the same, they are probably even less so than any other age group: because their long life has made them individualists. One of our problems right now is that society refuses to understand and treats all old people as 'equal'. (Lily Pincus, The old age, Munich: Piper 1992: 56-57).
As long as one is curious, one defies age (L. Lencester)
At 40 you start looking for what is valuable and at 50 you can start to find it (Thornton Wilder).
Aging is an uncomfortable habit that a busy person does not allow to arise in the first place (André Maurois).
Old age is not dull because it is where our joys come to an end, but because it is where our hopes end (Jean Paul).
It is not the years in our lives that count, but life in our years (Adlai E. Stevenson).
It doesn't matter how old you get, but how you get old (Ursula Lehr, gerontologist)The secret of a beautiful old age is the dignified handling of loneliness (Gabriel Garcia Marquez).
Qui n'a pas l'esprit de son âge, de son âge a tout le malheur. (Voltaire, Stances à la marquise du Châtelet)
La jeunesse est le temps d'étudier la sagesse; la vieillesse est le temps de la pratiquer. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Rêveries du Promeneur solitaire)
dt: Youth is the time to explore wisdom. Age is the time to apply them.
Tout âge porte ses fruits, il faut savoir les cueillir (Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923), Le Bal du comte d'Orgel)
We do not stop playing because we are old. We grow old because we stop playing (Helen Hayes)
They who would be young when they are old, must be old when they are young. (John Ray, 1670).
B) Quotes on age - humorous to cynical
Originally, humans were given 30 years of life. But man was dissatisfied with this short span, and so the gods took a few years from the donkey, dog and monkey and gave them to man. Man now has the first 30 years of his life to own, he has to toil like a donkey for the next 18 years. Between the ages of 48 and 60 he then lies in the corner, growling like an old dog, and when it comes up, he has another 10 years in which he is as mad as a monkey (fable poet Aesop).
Life is like a skilful tooth extraction. You always think that the real thing should come first, until you suddenly see that it's all over (Otto von Bismark)
Modern people have not learned to love old age, but have successfully learned to stay young into old age. (F. Höpflinger, age researcher).
One would like to live without aging; and in reality one ages without living (Alexander Mitscherlich)
The trick is to die young, but as late as possible (Reinhard Wandtner).
Young people prefer to socialize with objectively their peers. Older people often prefer contact with subjectively their own age (= 8-10 years younger). (F. Höpflinger, age researcher)
No limit is more tempting to smuggle than the age limit (Robert Musil).
There is no age wisdom. As you age, you don't get wise, just cautious (Ernest Hemingway).
In old age, the most important thing to do is to regret the sins that have not been committed (William Somerset Maugham)
There are two big advantages to old age: the teeth no longer hurt, and you no longer hear all the stupid things that are said around the world (George Bernhard Shaw, 1856-1950)
When you've got enough experience, you're too old to take advantage of it (William Somerset Maugham).
You are old when you enjoy the past more than you enjoy the future (John Knittel).
At twenty, everyone has the face that God gave them, at forty the face that gave them life, and at sixty the face that they deserve (Albert Schweitzer).
Je sais que je ne serai pas toujours jeune. Que j'aurai un jour 30 ans. (Estelle Halliday, mannequin)
On ne devient vieux que si l'on n'est pas mort jeune. (Jean Marais, acteur, 80 ans)
Les vieillards aiment à donner de bons préceptes, pour se consoler de n'être plus en état de donner de mauvais examples (La Rochefoucould, Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales, 1665: 93).
The great secret that all old people share is that your body changes, but you don´t change at all.
Life's tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest. (Wilson Mizner).
One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything. (Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, 1893).
Thirty-five is a very attractive age, London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. (Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895).
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is alway fifteen years older than I am. (Bernard Baruch).
I used to dread getting older because I thought I would not be able to do all the things I wanted to do, but now that I am older I find that I don't want to do them. (Nancy Astor, on her eightieth birthday, 1959).
I don't feel eighty. In fact I don't feel anything till noon. Then it's time for my nap. (Bob Hope).
You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake. (Bob Hope).
Very, very, very few, people die at ninety-two. I suppose that I shall be safer still at ninety-three. (Willard R. Espy, Actuarial Reflection)
A man's only as old as the woman he feels. (Groucho Marx)
Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough. (Groucho Marx).
Senescence begins, and middle age ends, the day your descendants outnumber your friends. (Ogden Nash, Crossing the Border, You can't get there from here, 1957).
Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed (Anthony Powell, Temporary Kings, 1973).
Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old age a regret. (Benjamin Disraeli)
The best thing about being old: you finally have peace of mind from representatives who want to talk you into life insurance (Gerhard Kocher, in: Caution Medicine 2006)
C) Quotes on the relationship between young and old
Was it always like now? I cannot understand the gender. Only old age is young, alas! and the youth are old. (Friedrich Schiller, epigrams)
Different ages of people consider each other to be different races. Old people have usually forgotten they were young or they forget they are old, and young people never realize that they can get old. (Kurt Tucholsky)
It never hurts to keep a piece of youth for all stages of life, and it is always better to be youthful in old age than old age when young. (Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl, Religious Studies of a World Child)
To soon become aware of the advantages of old age in youth, to maintain the advantages of youth in old age, is both only a matter of luck. (Johann Wolfgang Goethe, maxims and reflections)
If you rub yourself against youth, you become young again (Johann Wolfgang Goethe).
I dealt with old people in my youth and deal with young ones at my age. That is the way in which a person can get through the world as comfortably as possible. (Wilhelm Raabe, Aphorisms).
Enthusiasm is the daily bread of the youth. Skepticism is the daily wine of old age (Pearl S. Buck)
The younger generation still has respect for age today, but only when it comes to wine, whiskey and furniture (Truman Capote, 1924-1984).
A little consolation for the elderly: every old man was young, but not every boy gets old (Gerhard Kocher in: Beware of Medicine 2006)
The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything. (Oscar Wilde, Phrases of Philosophies for the Use of the Young, 1894).
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood. (Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931).
Youth is wasted on the young (Sammy Cahn)
Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life (Herbert Henry Asquith)
The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened (Saki)
Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait (Proverb français.)
La jeunesse attend toujours d'un nouveau dieu, d'un nouveau chef ce qu'elle n'obtiendra qu'à force de vieillir (Brasillach, La Reine de Césarée)
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