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How many persons fancy they have experience simply because they have grown old!
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.
      - Sir Richard Steele

We are always the same age inside.
      - Gertrude Stein

When an old gentlemen waggles his head and says: "Ah, so I thought when I was your age," it is not thought an answer at all, if the young man retorts: "My venerable sir, so I shall most probably think when I am yours." And yet the one is as good as the other.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        Crabbed Age and Youth

Age is a high price to pay for maturity.
      - Tom Stoppard

As we advance in life the circle of our pains enlarges, while that of our pleasures contracts.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Life grows darker as we go on, till only one pure light is left shining on it; and that is faith. Old age, like solitude and sorrow, has its revelations.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Old age is not one of the beauties of creation, but it is one of its harmonies. The law of contrasts is one of the laws of beauty. Under the conditions of our climate, shadow gives light its worth; sternness enhances mildness; solemnity, splendor. Varying proportions of size support and subserve one another.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

The smile upon the old man's lip, like the last rays of the setting sun, pierces the heart with a sweet and sad emotion. There is still a ray, there is still a smile; but they may be the last.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Years do not make sages; they only make old men.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

I'm as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
      - Jonathan Swift

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
      - Jonathan Swift

I swear she's no chicken; she's on the wrong side of thirty, if she be a day.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue I)

Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

We extol ancient things, regardless of our own times.
  [Lat., Vetera extollimus recentium incuriosi.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (II, 88)

Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavour.
  [Lat., Vetera semper in laude, presentia in fastidio.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        De Oratoribus (18)

An old man is twice a child.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"),
        The Old, Old, Very Old Man

There cannot live a more happy creature than an ill-natured old man who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of doing them to others.
      - Sir William Temple

O good gray head which all men knew.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        On the Death of the Duke of Wellington
         (st. 4)

Age too shines out; and, garrulous, recounts the feats of youth.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Autumn
         (l. 1,231)

Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart.
      - Marguerite de Valois

For my eightieth year warns me to pack up my baggage before I leave life.
  [Lat., Annus enim octogesimus admonet me, ut sarcinas colligam, antequam proficisvare vita.]
      - Marcus Terentius Varro, De Re Rustica
         (I, 1)

For Age with stealing steps
  Hath clawed me with his crutch.
      - Lord Thomas Vaux, 2nd Baron Vaux of Harrowden,
        The Aged Lover Renounceth Love

Age bears away with it all things, even the powers of the mind.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Age steals away all things, even the mind.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

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