has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a
human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives
eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and
vigorous as when we were in full bloom. -Gabriel García Márquez,
Love in the Time of Cholera
It is lovely to meet an old
person whose face is deeply lined, a face
that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light
there. -John O'Donohue,
I am 65 years old. I still look good. I appreciate and enjoy
age. A lot of people resist transition and therefore never
to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it
you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take
of it. You still bring to bear all your prior experience,
but you are riding on another level. It's completely
liberating. -Nikki Giovanni
secret of remaining young in spite of years, and even of grey
is to cherish enthusiasm in oneself, by poetry, by
contemplation, by charity,--that is, in fewer words, by the
maintenance of harmony in the soul. When
everything is in
its right place within us, we ourselves are in equilibrium
the whole work of God. Deep and grave enthusiasm for the
and the eternal order, reason touched with emotion
and a serene tenderness
of heart--these surely are the foundations
of wisdom. -Henri
advantage of age is learning to accept people without
passing judgment. -Liz Carpenter
As I accepted the change of the golden hair
of my childhood to the
reddish-brown hair of my youth without regret, so I also
silver hair--and I am ready to accept the time when my
hair and the
rest of my clay garment returns to the dust from which it
my spirit goes on to freer living. It is the season for my
hair to be silver,
and each season has its lessons to teach. Each season of
wonderful if you have learned the lessons of the season
before. It is
only when you go on with lessons unlearned that you wish for
a return. -Peace
then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and
anonymous. No one
notices you. You achieve a wonderful freedom. It
is a positive thing. You can move about, unnoticed and invisible.
know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and
one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of
living. -Henri Frederic Amiel
very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at
you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging
is not just
decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the
negative that you’re going
to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to
and that you live a better life because of it. -Morrie Schwartz
I've enjoyed every age I've been, and each has had
its own individual
merit. Every laugh line, every scar, is a badge I wear to show I've
present, the inner rings of my personal tree trunk that I display
for all to see. Nowadays, I don't want a "perfect" face and
I want to wear the life I've lived. -Pat Benatar
It's paradoxical that the idea
of living a long life appeals to everyone,
but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.
magazines] ignore older women or pretend that they don’t
exist; magazines try to avoid photographs of older women,
they feature celebrities who are over sixty, "retouching
to "help" beautiful women look more beautiful,
i.e., less than their age. By now readers have no idea what a real woman’s
looks like in print because it’s made to look 45. Worse,
readers look in the mirror and think they are too old,
comparing themselves to some retouched face
smiling back at them from a magazine.
Each part of life has its own
pleasures. Each has its own abundant
harvest, to be garnered in season. We may grow old in
but we need never grow old in mind and spirit. No one
is as old as
to think he or she cannot live one more year.
Those who are of a calm and happy nature
will hardly feel the pressure of age.
we get older and then we die. Yet spiritually, whether
backward or forward is a matter not of the body but of
we think about age differently, then our experience of it
changes. We can be
physically older but emotionally and psychologically
younger. Some of us were
in a state of decay in our 20s and are in a state of
re-birth in our 60s or 70s.
King Solomon, who supposedly was the wisest of all men,
described his youth
as his winter and his advanced years as his summer. We
can be older than
we used to be yet feel much younger than we are.
old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you was?
human heart can never grow old if it takes a lively interest
in the pairing of birds,
the reproduction of flowers, and the changing tints of
autumn leaves. -Lydia Maria
You just don’t make decisions about what
you’re going to be like
when you are old.I
know that I am making that decision right now.
Every time we perceive ourselves, others, life, the world
in a certain way, we are deepening the habits that will take
time I act on the insights that I am getting now I am
deciding my future and choosing to be a kindly or cynical
yesterdays lie heavily upon our todays and
our todays will lie heavily upon our tomorrows.
people never seem to grow old. Always active in
always ready to adopt new ideas, they are never chargeable
to fogeyism. Satisfied, yet ever dissatisfied,
yet ever unsettled, they always enjoy the best of what is,
and are the first to find the best of what will be.
to one's last breath, one may retain the simple joys of
the poetic ecstasies of the young person, the enthusiasms
of maturity. Right to the end, one may intoxicate
with flowers, with beauty and with smiles.
good old age can be the crown of all our life's experiences,
the masterwork of a lifetime. Behind us are years of
and thoughts that developed us, changed us--and the
the better or the worse. We know in our inner selves
they had been and to what goal they have led.
am old, yet I look at wise men and see that I am very young.
I look over those stars yonder, and into the myriads of the
aspirant and ordered souls, and see I am a stranger and a
and have yet my spurs to win. Too ridiculous are these
airs of age. -Ralph
can indeed continue beyond childhood and youth,
beyond the seventies. It can continue until the very
end of life,
given purposes that challenge and use our human abilities. .
In sum, our development does not necessarily end at any age.
We can continue to develop into our eighties, even to our
of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that
it's such a nice change from being young.
people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty--they
merely move it from their faces into their hearts.
German author Hermann Hesse writes that the more one matures, the
younger one grows. Certainly there are many people who as
they age become increasingly vigorous and energetic, more
broad-minded and tolerant, living with a greater sense of freedom
and assurance. It is important to remember that aging and
growing old are not necessarily the same thing.
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