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Thyself no more deceive, thy youth hath fled.
      - Francesco Petrarch, To Laura in Death
         (sonnet LXXXII)

A graceful and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality.
      - Pindar

Some one has said of a fine and honorable old age, that it was the childhood of immortality.
      - Peter Pindar (pseudonym of Dr. John Wolcot) (Wolcott)

When a man reaches the last stage of life,--without senses or mentality--they say that he has grown a child again.
  [Lat., Senex cum extemplo est, jam nec sentit, nec sapit;
    Ajunt solere eum rursum repuerascere.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Mercator
         (II, 2, 24)

Old wood to burn! Old wine to drink! Old friends to trust! Old authors to read!--Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age appeared to be best in these four things.
      - Melchior de Polignam,
        Floresta Espanola de Aphothegmas o Sentencias, etc.
         (II, 1, 20)

Age and want sit smiling at the gate.
      - Alexander Pope

Why will you break the Sabbath of my days?
  Now sick alike of Envy and of Praise.
      - Alexander Pope, First Book of Horace
         (ep. I, l. 3)

Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
  You've played, and loved, and ate, and drank your fill.
    Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age
      Comes titt'ring on, and shoves you from the stage.
      - Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace
         (bk. II, ep. 2, l. 322)

Me let the tender office long engage
  To rock the cradle of reposing age;
    With lenient arts extend a mother's breath,
      Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death;
        Explore the thought, explain the asking eye!
          And keep awhile one parent from the sky.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to the Satires
         (l. 408)

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.
      - Anthony Powell, Temporary Kings (ch. 1)

Behold where age's wretched victim lies
  See his head trembling, and his half clos'd eyes,
    Frequent for breath his panting bosom heaves;
      To broken sleep his remnant sense he gives,
        And only by his pains, awaking, finds he lives.
      - Matthew Prior

As sailing into port is a happier thing than the voyage, so is age happier, than youth; that is, when the voyage from youth is made with Christ at the helm.
      - John Pulsford

Age and sufferings had already marked out the first incisions for death, so that he required but little effort to cut her down; for it is with men as with trees, they are notched long before felling, that their life-sap may flow out.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world, and the old man lives among graves.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon, silvering over the evening of life.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as approach the end.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Old men's lives are lengthened shadows; their evening sun falls coldly on the earth, but the shadows all point to the morning.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Winter, which strips the leaves from around us, makes us see the distant regions they formerly concealed; so does old age rob us of our enjoyments, only to enlarge the prospect, of eternity before us.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

What makes old age so sad is, not that our joys but that our hopes cease.
  [Das Alter ist nicht trube weil darin unsere Freuden, sondern weil unsere Hoffnungen aufhoren.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 34)

Age has now
  Stamped with its signet that ingenuous brow.
      - Samuel Rogers, Human Life

O, roses for the flush of youth,
  And laurel for the perfect prime;
    But pluck an ivy branch for me,
      Grown old before my time.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti, Song (st. 1)

I'm growing fonder of my staff;
  I'm growing dimmer in my eyes;
    I'm growing fainter in my laugh;
      I'm growing deeper in my sighs;
        I'm growing careless of my dress;
          I'm growing frugal of my gold;
            I'm growing wise; I'm growing--yes,--
              I'm growing old.
      - John Godfrey Saxe, I'm Growing Old

Come forth, old man,--thy daughter's side
  Is now the fitting place for thee:
    When time has quell'd the oak's bold pride,
      The youthful tendril yet may hide,
        The ruins of the parent tree.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Thus pleasures fade away;
  Youth, talents, beauty, thus decay,
    And leave us dark, forlorn, and gray.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmiom
         (introduction to canto II, st. 7)

Thus aged men, full loth and slow,
  The vanities of life forego,
    And count their youthful follies o'er,
      Till Memory lends her light no more.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rokeby (canto V, st. 1)

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