Quotes for
the Journey:

Aging 2

Do not deprive me of my
age.  I have earned it.

May Sarton
The Poet and the
Donkey: A Novel


Age has no reality except in the physical world.  The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time.  Our inner lives are 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, Anam Cara
Today I am 65 years old. I still look good.  I appreciate and enjoy my age.  A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are.  Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it.  You still bring to bear all your prior experience, but you are riding on another level.  It's completely liberating.     -Nikki Giovanni
The whole secret of remaining young in spite of years, and even of grey hairs, 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 with the whole work of God.   Deep and grave enthusiasm for the eternal beauty and the eternal order, reason touched with emotion and a serene tenderness of heart--these surely are the foundations of wisdom.     -Henri Frederic Amiel
A major 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 accept my 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 came, while 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 life is 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 Pilgrim
And 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.     -Doris Lessing
To 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
It’s very simple.  As you grow, you learn more.  If you stayed at twenty-two, 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 die, 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 been present, the inner rings of my personal tree trunk that I display proudly for all to see.  Nowadays, I don't want a "perfect" face and body; 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.      -Andy Rooney
[Women's magazines] ignore older women or pretend that they don’t exist; magazines try to avoid photographs of older women, and when they feature celebrities who are over sixty, "retouching artists" conspire to "help" beautiful women look more beautiful, i.e., less than their age.  By now readers have no idea what a real woman’s 60-year-old face looks like in print because it’s made to look 45. Worse, 60-year-old readers look in the mirror and think they are too old, because they’re comparing themselves to some retouched face smiling back at them from a magazine.
-Dalma Heyn

Each part of life has its own pleasures.  Each has its own abundant harvest, to be garnered in season.  We may grow old in body, 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.        -Cicero
Those who are of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age.      -Plato
Physically, we get older and then we die.  Yet spiritually, whether we go backward or forward is a matter not of the body but of consciousness.  When 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.       -Marianne Williamson


How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you was?       -Satchel Paige
A 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 Child
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 and God in a certain way, we are deepening the habits that will take over in old age.  Every time I act on the insights that I am getting now I am deciding my future and choosing to be a kindly or cynical old man.  Our yesterdays lie heavily upon our todays and our todays will lie heavily upon our tomorrows.       -John Powell
Some people never seem to grow old.  Always active in thought, always ready to adopt new ideas, they are never chargeable to fogeyism.  Satisfied, yet ever dissatisfied, settled, yet ever unsettled, they always enjoy the best of what is, and are the first to find the best of what will be.       -William Shakespeare
Up to one's last breath, one may retain the simple joys of childhood, the poetic ecstasies of the young person, the enthusiasms of maturity.  Right to the end, one may intoxicate one's spirit with flowers, with beauty and with smiles.       -Eliphas Levi
A good old age can be the crown of all our life's experiences, the masterwork of a lifetime.  Behind us are years of actions and thoughts that developed us, changed us--and the world--for the better or the worse.  We know in our inner selves which they had been and to what goal they have led.       -Helen Nearing
I 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 youth and have yet my spurs to win.  Too ridiculous are these airs of age.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Development 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 nineties.       -Betty Friedan
One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.       -Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty--they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.       -Martin Buxbaum
The 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.    -Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day

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