# Give me a young man in whom there is something of the old,
and an old man in whom there is something of the young.
Guided so, a man may grow old in body, but never in mind. – Marcus Tillius Cicero
# The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. – Madeleine L’Engle (The New York Times, 1985)
# How confusing the beams from memory’s lamp are;
One day a bachelor, the next a grampa.
What is the secret of the trick?
How did I get so old so quick? – Ogden Nash (“Preface to the Past” You Can’t Get There from Here)
# I believe the second half of one’s life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it. – Frances Lear
# I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point. – Susan Sarandon
# I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward. – Mary Sarton (May Sarton: Excerpts from a Life)
# I think that, for all of us, as we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open. – Clint Eastwood
# I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. – Margaret Mead
# If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old. – James A. Garfield
# If you don’t learn to laugh at troubles, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you grow old. – Ed Howe
# If you wait, all that happens is that you get older. – Larry McMurty
# In old age there is a coming into flower. My body wanes; my mind waxes. – Victor Hugo
# Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything. – Kurt Vonnegut
# My after forty face felt far more comfortable than anything I lived with previously. Self-confidence was a powerful beauty-potion; I looked better because I felt better. Failure and grief as well as success and love had served me well. Finally, I was tapping into that most hard-won of your dews: wisdom. – Nancy Collins
# Never retire. Michelangelo was carving the Rondanini just before he died at 89. Verdi finished his opera Falstaff at 80. And the 80-year -old Spanish artist Goya scrawled on a drawing, “I am still learning.” – Dr. W. Gifford-Jones