Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Age isn’t important until you run out of it.
Being over 70 is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefeld.
Now, aged 50, I’m just poised to shoot forth quite free straight and undefected my bolts whatever they are.
Old age comes at a bad time.
To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent—that is to triumph over old age.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
W Somerset Maugham
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
Gray hair is God’s graffiti.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
Henry David Thoreau
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
(This story appears in the 21 March, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)