Old age

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.

Make wisdom your provision for the journey from youth to old age, for it is a more certain support than all other possessions.

For works of the mind really great there is no old age, no decrepitude. It is inconceivable that a time should come when Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, should not ring in the ears of civilized man.

We must not take the faults of our youth into our old age, for old age brings with it its own defects.

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

It is a characteristic of old age to find the progress of time accelerated. The less one accomplishes in a given time, the shorter does the retrospect appear.

A generation without a cause in its youth has no legacy in its old age.

Old age likes to dwell in the recollections of the past, and, mistaking the speedy march of years, often is inclined to take the prudence of the winter time for a fit wisdom of midsummer days. Manhood is bent to the passing cares of the passing moment, and holds so closely to his eyes the sheet of “to-day,” that it screens the “to-morrow” from his sight.

Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity, controls youth, and delights old age.

Study is the bane of boyhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of manhood, and restorative of old age.

Old age, to the unlearned, is winter; to the learned, it is harvest time.

Old age brings us to know the value of the blessings which we have enjoyed, and it brings us also to a very thankful perception of those which yet remain. Is a man advanced in life? The ease of a single day, the rest of a single night, are gifts which may be subjects of gratitude to God.

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth; instead of its introducing dismal and melancholy prospects of decay, it should give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.

In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long.

Sickness is a sort of early old age; it teaches us a diffidence in our earthly state.

He has existed only, not lived, who lacks wisdom in old age.

No school is more necessary to children than patience, because either the will must be broken in childhood or the heart in old age.

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

Man has other enemies more formidable, against which he is not provided with such means of defense: these are the natural infirmities of infancy, old age, and illness of every kind, melancholy proofs of our weakness, of which the two first are common to all animals, and the last belongs chiefly to man in a; state of society.

Old age is an incurable disease.