Sage Advice

When I grow up, I want to be a little boy

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


A man is not old as long as he is seeking something. - Jean Rostand

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

A man over 90 is a great comfort to all his elderly neighbours. He is a picket-guard at the extreme outpost; and the young folks of 60 and 70 feel that the enemy must get by him before he can come near their camp. - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. - Unknown

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face. - Montaigne

An old man in a house is a good sign. - Benjamin Franklin

An old man loved is winter with flowers. - Unknown

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. - Henry Ford

As we advance in life, we acquire a keener sense of the value of time. Nothing else, indeed, seems of any consequence; and we become misers in this respect. - William Hazlitt

At 20 a man thinks he can save the world. At 40 he’s lucky if he can save part of his salary. - Unknown

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him. - George Santayana

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven! - William Wordsworth

During the first period of a man’s life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. - S.A. Kierkegaard

Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old. - Jonathan Swift

Every day that you haven’t learned something new is a wasted day. - the Joe-kster

Fourty is the old age of youth; 50 is the youth of old age. - Victor Hugo

Grow up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has not time to form. - Andre Maurois

He wears the rose of youth upon him. - William Shakespeare

He who devotes 16 hours a day to hard study may become as wise at 60 as he thought himself at 20. - Mary Wilson Little

I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred. - Thomas A. Edison

I enjoy my wrinkles and regard them as badges of distinction - I’ve worked hard for them! - Maggie Kuhn

I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. - Gen. Douglas MacArthur

I really believe that more harm is done by old men who cling to their influence than by young men who anticipate it. - Owen D. Young

I want to die young at a ripe old age. - Ashley Montagu

If I had my life to live over again, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring. - Unknown

If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old. - James A. Garfield

In growing old, we become more foolish - and more wise. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us. - Josh Billings

It gives me great pleasure to converse with the aged. They have been over the road that all of us must travel, and know where it is rough and difficult and where it is level and easy. - Plato

It is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history. - Renata Adler

It’s not that age brings childhood back again. Age merely shows what children we remain. - Goethe

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

Lord, Lord! How subject we old men are to this vice of lying. - William Shakespeare

Many foxes grow gray, but few grow good. - Benjamin Franklin

More people would live to a ripe old age if they weren’t too busy providing for it. - Unknown

No one grows old by living - only by losing interest in living. - Marie Ray

No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year. - Cicero

Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man. - Leon Trotsky

Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold you have escaped, not from one master, but from many. - Plato

Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our youth we can have but today; we may always find time to grow old. - George Berkeley

Some old women and men grow bitter with age. The more their teeth drop out, the more biting they get. - George Dennison Prentice

The first 40 years of life give us the text; the next 30 supply the commentary. - Arthur Schopenhauer

The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long. - A.J.P. Taylor

The greatest thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. - Madeleine L’Engle

The illusion that the times that were are better than those that are has probably pervaded all ages. - Horace Greeley

The immature man wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mature man wants to live humanely for one. - Wilheim Stekel

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. - Muhammad Ali

The older I get, the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first - a process which often reduces the most complex human problems to manageable proportions. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

The worst thing, I fear, about being no longer young is that one is no longer young. - Harold Nicolson

There are so few who can grow old with a good grace. - Richard Steele

There is nothing more beautiful in this world than a healthy, wise old man. - Lin Yutang

There is nothing more remarkable in the life of Socrates than that he found time in his old age to learn to dance and play on instruments, and thought it was time well spent. - Michel de Montaigne

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

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. - Frederic Amiel

We don’t grow older, we grow riper. - Pablo Picasso

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice - that is, until we have stopped saying, “It got lost” and say “I lost it.” - Sydney J. Harris

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. - Victor Hugo

When I grow up, I want to be a little boy. - Joseph Heller

When I was a child, nobody died; but now it happens all the time. - Unknown

When I was young I pitied the old. Now old, it is the young I pity. - Jean Rostand

When we grow old, there can only be one regret: not to have given enough of ourselves. - Eleonora Duse

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

With the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days understanding. - Job 12:12


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28-Nov-2020