Old Age Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old old age quotes, old age sayings, and old age proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up.     

Malcolm Muggeridge

The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.     

Thomas Hardy

The exhaustion of old age is something people who are younger don't fully appreciate.     

Tony Benn

We all wish to reach a ripe old age, but none of us are prepared to admit that we are already there.     

Francisco de Quevedo

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.     

Alan Bleasdale

Our old age was in some respects the happiest period of life.     

Charles Eastman

Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age.     

Giacomo Leopardi

I think repeating yourself is a sign of old age, telling the same joke again and again. Especially if they're jokes that don't make people laugh.     

Simon Le Bon

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.     

Ira Gershwin

Old age isn't a battle; old age is a massacre.     

Philip Roth

The fear of old age is something that one feels when they're younger. Once you get to being old, you're already there, so you don't even think about it anymore.     

Paolo Sorrentino

Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves.     

Phyllis Diller

Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.     

W. Somerset Maugham

What makes old age so sad is, not that our joys, but that our hopes then cease.     

Richter

The theme of old age doesn't seem to fascinate Hollywood.     

John Updike

That's the privilege of old age: You don't have to remember.     

Alan Arkin

Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.     

Lawrence Durrell

The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.     

A. J. P. Taylor

Old age is, so to speak, the sanctuary of ills: they all take refuge in it.     

Antiphanes

Though now this grained face of mine be hid / In safe consuming winter's drizzled snow, / And all the conduits of my blood froze up; Yet hath my night of life some memory, / My wasting lamp some fading glimmer left, / My dull deaf ears a little use to hear.     

Shakespeare

Age sits with decent grace upon his visage, / And worthily becomes his silver locks; / He wears the marks of many years well spent, / Of virtue, truth well-tried and wise experience.     

Rowe

These are the effects of doting age, / Vain doubts, and idle cares, and over caution.     

Dryden

And on this forehead, where your verse has said / The loves delighted, and the graces played, / Insulting age will trace his cruel way, / And leave sad marks of his destructive way.     

Prior

I left him in a green, old age, / And looking like the oak, wor, but still steady / Amidst the elements, whilst younger trees / Fell fast around him.     

Byron

Thus aged men, full loth and slow, / The vanities of life forego, / And count their youthful follies o'er, / Till memory lends her light no more.     

Scott

Thus fares it still in our decay, / And yet the wiser mind / Mourns less for what age takes away, / Than what it leaves behind.     

Wordsworth

Let no one judge the worth of life, save he / Whose head is white with time. The youthful spirit / Set on the edge of' the world hath but one sight, / And looks for beauty in the years to come; / But age, like double-fronted Janus, looks / All ways, and ponders wisely on the past.     

Procter

And indeed rightly, for old age is a disease which we cannot cure.     

Virgil

And even to your old age, I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you.     

Isaiah 46:4