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Fate seem'd to wind him up for fourscore years;
  Yet freshly ran he on ten winters more;
    Till like a clock worn out with eating time,
      The wheels of weary life at last stood still.
      - John Dryden, Oedipus (act IV, sc. 1)

Ah, but I was so much older then,
  I'm younger than that now.
      - Bob Dylan (f/k/a Robert Allen Zimmerman),
        My Back Pages, a song

Age either transfigures or petrifies.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

White hairs are the crests of foam which cover the sea after the tempest.
      - Elizabeth, nee Pauline Elisabeth Ottilie Luise (used ps Carmen Sylva)

As you are old and reverend, you should be wise.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then a young heart beating under fourscore winters.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We grizzle every day. I see no need of it. Whilst we converse with what is above us, we do not grow old, but grow young.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature abhors the old.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Circles

We do not count a man's years, until he has nothing else to count.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Society and Solitude--Old Age

All would live long; but none would be old.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Thirst of power and of riches now bear sway,
  The passion and infirmity of age.
      - James Anthony Froude

If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.
      - James Abram Garfield

Remote from cities liv'd a Swain,
  Unvex'd with all the cares of gain;
    His head was silver'd o'er with age,
      And long experience made him sage.
      - John Gay,
        Fables--The Shepherd and the Philosopher
         (part I)

She may very well pass for forty-three,
  In the dusk with a light behind her.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Trial by Jury

Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Age makes us not childish, as some say; it finds us still true children.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is only necessary to grow old to become more indulgent. I see no fault committed that I have not committed myself.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Old age is never honored among us, but only indulged, as childhood is; and old men lose one of the most precious rights of man,--that of being judged by their peers.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We must not take the faults of our youth into our old age; for old age brings with it its own defects.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Age childish makes, they say, but 'tis not true;
  We're only genuine children still in Age's season.
    [Ger., Das Alter macht nicht kindisch, wie man spricht,
      Es findet uns nur noch als wahre Kinder.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 180)

Old age is courteous--no one more:
  For time after time he knocks at the door.
    But nobody says, "Walk in, sir, pray!"
      Yet turns he not from the door away,
        But lifts the latch, and enters with speed,
          And then tyeh cry, "A cool one, indeed."
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Old Age

Age, that lessens the enjoyment of life, increases our desire of living.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Is it that Nature, attentive to the preservation of mankind, increases our wishes to live, while she lessens our enjoyments, and as she robs the senses of every pleasure, equips imag-ination in the spoil?
      - Oliver Goldsmith

I love everything that's old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
         (act I, sc. 1)

They say women and music should never be dated.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
         (act III)

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