Quotes and Quotations Index
Here are The Ageing Quotes.
Senescence begins and middle age ends the day your descendants outnumber your friends.
(Ogden Nash : 1902-1971)
You can tell when you are getting older, so they say, when the policemen begin to look younger.
It is not the thing you do
It is the thing you leave undone
Which gives you the bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.
(Margaret E. Sangster)
When my boat was sturdy and safe
I had no thoughts of the shore
Now with a boat so ravaged
Who can dream of a shore?
Becoming 50 gives me more yesterdays than tomorrows.
(Bill Clinton : Former President of USA : on his 50th birthday on 19.8.96)
Life to the age of 20, I owned clothes, pride and appetite,
From 20 to 50, I brought home everything I fancied and could afford,
From 50 to 60, I sat, looked, enjoyed what was mine,
From 60 to 70, I found enjoyment in giving my possessions away,
Now at 70, I find only three possessions worth keeping
My Bible, spectacles, false teeth.
Friends made way to companions
Sons and daughters crossed my path
Grandchildren played with me
As with a toy that often went out of order
Here now, on the verge of seventy
Unsatisfactory husband, irate father
Ugly, old, much misunderstood man
I begin to philosophise on my failures
And sprout platitudes
Those have lost all meaning
On a life that is almost over
With too little to show.
(Three faces in a mirror the poet sees)
The grey-haired man's
Whose life policy has matured,
And the mocking youth's
Who paid the first premium.
(Aravind Krishna Mehrotra)
.......... Life hath become to me
An empty theatre, its lights extinguished,
The music silent and the actors gone.
And I alone sit musing on the scenes
That once have been. I am so old that Death
oft plucks me by the cloak to come with him.
And some day, like this lamp, shall I fall down
And my last spark of life will be extinguished.
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow : 1807-1882 : Michael Angelo)
There was so much you longed to do
And now three-quarters through
What time is left
You realize you have hardly scratched
The surface of the world
So much has been left undone it appals
And there is so little time before
A greater darkness calls
(Brian Patten : Armada)
Crabbed age and youth cannot live together.
Youth is full of pleasance. Age is full of care.
Youth like a summer morn. Age is like winter weather.
Youth like summer brave. Age is like winter bare.
Youth is full of sport. Age’s breath is short.
Youth is nimble. Age is lame.
Youth is hot and bold. Age is weak and cold.
Youth is wild. Age is tame.
(Shakespeare : The Passionate Pilgrim)
It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone.
But the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.
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