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An aged Christian with the snow of time on his head, may remind us that those points of earth are whitest which are nearest heaven.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

For oute of olde feldys, as men sey,
  Comyth al this newe corn from yere to yere;
    And out of old bokis, in good fey,
      Comyth al this newe science that men lere.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Parlement of Fowles
         (l. 21)

The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse; always harder. A young liar will be an old one; and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

I think every man is a fool or a physician at thirty years of age.
      - Sir William Watson Cheyne

Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

A youthful age is desirable, but aged youth is troublesome and grievous.
      - Chilo of Sparta (Chilon)

For my own part, I had rather be old only a short time than be old before I really am so.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

I am much beholden to old age, which has increased my eagerness for conversation in proportion as it has lessened my appetites of hunger and thirst.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

That which is usually called dotage is not the weak point of all old men, but only of such as are distinguished by their levity.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
  [Lat., Mature fieri senem, si diu velis esses senex.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Senectute

There are three classes into which all the women past seventy years of age, that ever I knew, were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The whole business of marshaling one's energies becomes more and more important as one grows older.
      - Hume Cronyn

Age * * * * * is a matter of feeling, not of years.
      - George William Curtis

Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
      - George William Curtis

I think that to have known one good, old man--one man, who, through the chances and mischances of a long life, has carried his heart in his hand, like a palm-branch, waving all discards into peace--helps our faith in God, in ourselves, and in each other more than many sermons.
      - George William Curtis

Age is like love, it cannot be hid.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

In age to wish for youth is full as vain
  As far a youth to turn a child again.
      - Sir John Denham

The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth produce,
  But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use:
    So Age a mature mellowness doth set
      On the green promises of youthful heat.
      - Sir John Denham, Cato Major
         (pt. IV, l. 47)

Age is frequently beautiful, wisdom appearing like an aftermath.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Coningsby (bk. III. ch. I)

The Disappointment of Manhood succeeds to the delusion of Youth; let us hope that the heritage of Old age is not Despair.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Vivian Grey (bk. VIII, ch. IV)

No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace
  As I have seen in one autumnal face;
    Young beauties force our love, and that's a rape;
      This doth but counsel, yet you cannot scape.
      - Dr. John Donne, Elegy IX--The Autumnal

It is not how old you are, but how you are old.
      - Marie Dressler

These are the effects of doting age,--vain doubts and idle cares and over caution.
      - John Dryden

His hair just grizzled
  As in a green old age.
      - John Dryden, Oedipus (act III, sc. I)

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