Welcome to my page of quotations about having been fortunate enough to live on this earth for eighty revolutions around our sun, eight decades, LXXX or fourscore years,
In a dream you are never eighty. ~Anne Sexton, “Old,” 1962
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at 20 or at 80. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly more valuable, regardless of physical capacity. ~Henry Ford, 1929
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. ~Mark Twain (1835–1910), as quoted in William L. Phelps, Autobiography with Letters, 1939 [Thank you, Barbara Schmidt of TwainQuotes.com!
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion. ~Doris Lessing, 1992
People of eighty are frequently near-sighed, even blind, also deaf, bald, or gray, and they often walk with difficulty. Yet there is no need to be eighty to attain these results. Every one of them is far from seldom achieved by people under thirty. If they are to be considered signs manual of “age” they must also be considered signs manual of “youth.” Besides, they do not pertain to all people of eighty, among whom, in every generation, may be counted many who suffer from none of these disabilities. It may indeed be urged that, wherever these disabilities are found, there we have “age” — but that is quite another point of view, and a very important one… ~Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947), “The Art of Not Growing Old,” in Harper’s Magazine, April 1921 [Body age, this is called nowadays.
Age Quotations: Eighty Years
Original post date: 2001 Dec 31
1st major revision: 2016 Jul 15