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On his bold visage middle age
  Had slightly press'd its signet sage,
    Yet had not quenched the open truth
      And fiery vehemence of youth;
        Forward and frolic glee was there,
          The will to do, the soul to dare.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto I, pt. XXI)

Old friends are best. King James us'd to call for his Old Shoes, they were easiest for his Feet.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Friends

There is nothing more disgraceful than that an old man should have nothing to produce as a proof that he has lived long except his years.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Nothing is more dishonourable than an old man, heavy with years, who has no other evidence of his having lived long except his age.
  [Lat., Nihil turpius est, quam grandis natu senex, qui nullum aliud habet argumentum, quo se probet diu vixisse, praeter aetatum.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Tranquillitate Animi (III, 8)

Old age is an incurable disease.
  [Lat., Senectus insanabilis morbus est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (CVIII, 29)

An old man in his rudiments is a disgraceful object. It is for youth to acquire, and for age to apply.
  [Lat., Turpis et ridicula res est elementarius senex; juveni parandum, seni utendum est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XXXVI, 4)

An old man is twice a child.
      - William Shakespeare

And his big manly voice,
  Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound.
      - William Shakespeare

At your age,
  The hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble,
    And waits upon the judgment.
      - William Shakespeare

Begin to patch up thine old body for heaven.
      - William Shakespeare

His cheek the map of days outworn.
      - William Shakespeare

His silver hairs
  Will purchase us a good opinion,
    And buy men's voices to commend our deeds;
      It shall be said his judgment rul'd our hands;
        Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear,
          But all be buried in his gravity.
      - William Shakespeare

Last scene of all, that ends this strange, eventful history, is second childishness, and mere oblivion; sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
      - William Shakespeare

Mellowed by the stealing hours of time.
      - William Shakespeare

Nature, as it grows again toward earth, is fashioned for the journey, dull and heavy.
      - William Shakespeare

Nor age so eat up my invention.
      - William Shakespeare

O sir, you are old; nature in you stands on the very verge of her confine; you should be ruled and led by some discretion, that discerns your fate better than you yourself.
      - William Shakespeare

Some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time.
      - William Shakespeare

Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
      - William Shakespeare

These old fellows have
  Their ingratitude in them hereditary;
    Their blood is caked, 'tis cold, it seldom flows;
      'Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kind,
        And nature, as it grows toward earth,
          Is fashion'd for the journey-dull and heavy.
      - William Shakespeare

When, the age is in, the wit is out.
      - William Shakespeare

You see me here,--a poor old man,
  As full of grief as age; wretched in both!
      - William Shakespeare

Your date is better in your pie and your porridge than in your cheek.
      - William Shakespeare

For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
  Th' inaudible and noiseless foot of time
    Steals ere we can effect them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (King of France at V, iii)

Let me be your servant;
  Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty,
    For in my youth I never did apply
      Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood,
        Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo
          The means of weakness and debility;
            Therefore my age is as a lusty winter,
              Frosty, but kindly.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Adam at II, iii)

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