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Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like a shock of corn cometh in his season.
      - Bible, Job (ch. V, v. 26)

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. I, v. 3)

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it soon cut off, and we fly away.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XC, v. 10)

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XC, v. 12)

By candle-light nobody would have taken you for above five-and-twenty.
      - Isaac Bickerstaffe (Bickerstaff),
        Maid of the Mill (act I, II)

Throughout the whole vegetable, sensible, and rational world, whatever makes progress towards maturity, as soon as it has passed that point, begins to verge towards decay.
      - Hugh Blair

If the memory is more flexible in childhood, it is more tenacious in mature age; if childhood has sometimes the memory of words, old age has that of things, which impress themselves according to the clearness of the 'conception of the thought which we wish to retain.
      - Carl Victor de Bonstetten

To resist with success the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart; to keep these in parallel vigor, one must exercise, study, and love.
      - Carl Victor de Bonstetten

Vanity in an old man is charming. It is a proof of an open, nature. Eighty winters have not frozen him up, or taught him concealments. In a young person it is simply allowable; we do not expect him to be above it.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The tendency of old age, say the physiologists, is to form bone. It is as rare as it is pleasant, to meet with an old man whose opinions are not ossified.
      - John Frederick Boyes

A woman's always younger than a man of equal years.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The best is yet to be,
  The last of life, for which the first was made.
      - Robert Browning

It is noticeable how intuitively in age we go back with strange fondness to all that is fresh in the earliest dawn of youth. If we never cared for little children before, we delight to see them roll in the grass over which we hobble on crutches. The grandsire turns wearily from his middle-aged, careworn son, to listen with infant laugh to the prattle of an infant grandchild. It is the old who plant young trees; it is the old who are most saddened by the autumn; and feel most delight in the returning spring.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Only when the sap is dried up, only when age comes on, does the sun shine in vain for man and for the tree.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

We should provide for our age, in order that our age may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from the meditation of the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Age shakes Athena's tower, but spares gray Marathon.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto II, st. 88)

What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
  What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow?
    To view each love one blotted from life's page,
      And be alone on earth as I am now.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto II, st. 98)

He has grown aged in this world of woe,
  In deeds, not years, piercing the depths of life.
    So that no wonder waits him.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 5)

. . . Years steal
  Fire from the mind, as vigor from the limb;
    And life's enchanted cut but sparkles near the brim.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 8)

Oh, for one hour of blind old Dandolo,
  Th' octogenarian chief, Byzantium's conquering foe!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 12)

Just as old age is creeping on space,
  And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day,
    They kindly leave us, though not quite alone,
      But in good company--the gout or stone.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 59)

My days are in the yellow leaf;
  The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
    The worm, the canker, and the grief
      Are mine alone!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        On this day I complete my Thirty-sixth Year

'T is the sunset of life gives us mystical lore.
      - Thomas Campbell

Old age has deformities enough of its own; do not add to it the deformity of vice.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

The clock of his age had struck fifty-eight.
      - Benvenuto Cellini

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