Quotations On Growing Older Gracefully

Today let’s take a look at more quotations on growing older, about age, aging, youth and middle age.

There is this great book by Joan Chittister called “The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully“.

It is packed with wonderful life lessons on how to accept and celebrate one’s life as one ages. In other words, to find the beauty of aging.

"quotations on growing older"This inspirational book  shows the various facets of the aging process; from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises.

She also talks about the importance of health and well-being. Find out what are some of the best ways one lives life between retirement and death.

According to Chittister, when we reaches retirement age, it should be about the life within us that has not had a chance to emerge; we need to share this inner us with the world in ways that we didn’t or couldn’t do while we were in our working years.

We all have heard and seen the horrors and pain of aging. And we also have read that aging is not dooming you to a life of uselessness and unhappiness.

In fact, for many, aging is a privilege. Let’s focus on the bright side of aging, rather than darkness of growing old.

Check out my selected verified quotations on growing older gracefully , about aging, youth and middle age:


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

(Les Miserables, Bk. Fifth -Granson And Grandfather, Ch. II, Marius, Emerging From Civil War, Makes Ready For Domestic War; p.2245)

“You cannot control the length of your life, but you have say about its width and depth” – Unknown

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” – Samuel Ullman

(Poem “Youth” by Samuel Ullman)

“When you’re forty, half of you belongs to the past — and when you’re seventy, nearly all of you.” – Jean Anouilh


“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – Unknown

“Age does not make us childish, as some say, it finds us still true children.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long.” – Unknown

“Old age takes from the man of intellect no qualities save those that are useless to wisdom.” – Joseph Joubert

(Pensées of Joubert, translated by Henry Attwell, Of The Different Periods Of Life, 87; p.29)

“The years teach much which the days never knew.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Essay: Second Series, II: Experience)

“And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!” – Audrey Hepburn

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.” (In der Jugend lernt, im Alter versteht man – Marie Ebner von Eschenbach


“Old age surely does not gain by swifter and more imperceptible steps on manhood, than manhood advances on youth.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

(Cato Or, An Essay On Old Age by Marcus Tullius Cicero, translated by W. Melmoth)

“Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.” – Unknown

“Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.” – Robert Southey


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


“Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself anything, is forgiven nothing.” – John Tanner

(Man And Superman, The Revolutionist’s Handbook And Pocket Companion, Stray Sayings; p.347)

“There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning.” – Simone De Beauvoir


“One great thing about getting old is that you can get out of all sorts of social obligations just by saying you’re tired.” – George Carlin

(George Carlin, It’s Bad For Ya, 2008, 04:11-16)

“As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.” –  Marcus Tullius Cicero

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“He who doesn’t listen to advice does not reach old age .”  (El que no oye consejo no llega a viejo) – Mexican Proverb


“Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.” – George Chapman


“What is there in dying? You’ve got to begin by living. That’s not so funny, and it lasts longer.” – Jean Anouilh

(Plays: Antigone. Eurydice (Legend of lovers). The ermine. The rehearsal. Romeo and Jeannette; p.318)

“The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.” – Mark Twain

(The Letters Of Mark Twain, Complete, Letter to Edward L. Dimmitt, in St. Louis, 19 July 1901; p.1045-6)

“All my life I’ve been taught how to die, but no one ever taught me how to grow old.” – Billy Graham

(Newsweek, Pilgrim’s Progress, August 13, 2006)

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

“Old age is rather like another country. You will enjoy it more if you have prepared it yourself before you go.” – Burrhus Frederic Skinner & Margaret E. Vaughan

(Enjoy Old Age: A Program of Self-Management; p.20)

“Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” – Francis Bacon

(Essays and Apothegms of Francis Lord Bacon; p.204)

“We grow old by moments and not by years.” – Beverly Baxter

“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.” – Henri Amiel

“Age is a sickness, and youth is an ambush.” – John Donne

(Meditation VII)

“Age is like love, it cannot be hid.” – Thomas Dekker


“Age imprints more wrinkles on the mind than it does on the face.” – Michel de Montaigne

(The Complete Essays of Montaigne, Ch.II Of Repentance)

“A brief time is long enough to live well and honorably; but if you live on, you have no more reason to mourn over your advancing years, than the farmers have, when the sweet days of spring are past, to lament the coming of summer and of autumn.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

(On Old Age (De Senectute), translated by Andrew P. Peabody, XIX; p.32)

“Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in search thereof when he is grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.” – Epicurus

(Letter to Menoeceus By Epicurus, translated by Robert Drew Hicks)

“Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.” – Graham Greene

(A Sort of Life, ch. 7, sct. 1; p.98)

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“The young man hopes to live long, while the old man can have no such hope. The hope, at any rate, is unwise; for what is more foolish than to take things uncertain for certain, false for true?” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

(On Old Age (De Senectute) translated by Andrew P. Peabody, XIX; p.31)

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” – Madeleine L’Engle

(Guideposts, July 2002; p.64)

“Youth deserves; middle age conserves; old age preserves.” – Unknown

“Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.” – François La Rochefoucauld

“Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places.  – Unknown

“Middle age is youth without its levity, and age without decay.” -Daniel Defoe

“The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.” – H.L. Mencken

“Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.” – Unknown

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

“Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly.  It’s more often a succession of jerks.” – Jean Rhys

“I’m proud that I’ve survived this planet for as long as I have, and should I end up withered, wrinkled and with a lifetime of great wisdom, I’ll trade the few years of youth for the sophistication of a great mind…for however long it lasts.” – Donna Lynn Hope

“It’s hard to feel middle-aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live?’  – Mignon McLaughlin

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.” – Harold Coffin

“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” – Ann Landers

“Your face is marked with lines of life, put there by love and laughter, suffering and tears. It’s beautiful.” – Lynsay Sands

“I am old enough to see how little I have done in so much time, and how much I have to do in so little.” – Sheila Kaye-Smith

“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve.  Middle age is when you’re forced to.’ – Bill Vaughn

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