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Age Quotations:
60 to 69 Years Old

Welcome to my page of quotations about the specific ages of being in one's sixties — sexagenarians.  —ღ Terri

Age 60. —
I'm sixty years of age. That's 16 Celsius. ~George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997

Age 60. —
A wise man once said that a woman deserved no credit for her beauty at sixteen, but beauty at sixty was her own soul's doing. ~Marie Carmichael Stopes, Married Love, 1918  [From Stopes' 1936 book Change of Life in Men and Women: As I write I recall my father, one of the wisest men who ever lived, saying to me when I was vain at sixteen, for some one had praised me, "They are only praising your youth. You can take no credit for that. Beauty at sixteen is nothing; but if you are beautiful at sixty it will be your own soul's doing, and then you may be proud of it and be loved for it." —tg]

Age 60. —
sixty  When it takes longer to rest than to get tired. ~Leonard Louis Levinson, Webster's Unafraid Dictionary, 1967

Age 60. —
A man who is not a Liberal at sixteen has no heart; a man who is not a Conservative at sixty has no head. ~Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time by Laurence J. Peter, 1977  [Garson O'Toole,, has tracked down the earliest known version of this to an 1875 French book, Portraits Contemporains by Jules Claretie, which reads: Anselme Polycarpe Batbie (1828–1887) "in a much-celebrated letter, once quoted the [Edmund] Burke paradox in order to account for his bizarre political shifts: 'He who is not a républicain at twenty compels one to doubt the generosity of his heart; but he who, after thirty, persists, compels one to doubt the soundness of his mind.'" —tg]

Age 60. —
Everything about Mrs. Maine was dignified. Although sixty years of age, she retained the figure of a youthful woman. Tall and upright, she carried her years with a touch of magnificence. ~Beatrice Sheepshanks, The Passionate Tree, 1927

Age 60. —
I dare say it doesn't strike you, sir, that I was, some thirty years ago, a particularly handsome man. But I was. Looking at me now, with a thousand pimples, if there's one — all red too, and twenty per cent of them settled on my nose — you'd be rather inclined to doubt it; but then, trouble and responsibility and the ingratitude of one's species tacked on to thirty years more of life — and such a life! — and there you are; or, rather, where are you? if it comes to that; where is your original self? Sometimes I fancy it is all a hideous dream, and I shall wake up in another state, a different being altogether. ~F. W. Robinson, "The Man Who Married a Voice," Women Are Strange, and Other Stories, 1883

Ages 60+. —
Picasso said to me the other day: "One starts to get young at the age of sixty — and then it's too late." Only then does one start to feel free; only then has one learned to strip oneself down to one's essential creative simplicity... ~Jean Cocteau, c. 1963

Ages 60+. —
At sixty the man sees the folly of his early ambitions, and lays them aside. He has a competence now, so he hands his business over to his sons. Thus the stimulus to exertion is gone. This relaxation of effort would have been bad at twenty-five. It is disastrous at sixty-five. No unused muscle can hold its vigor. ~Mrs. J. F. Willing, "Growing Old," 1867

Age 62¾. —
At sixty-three years of age, less a quarter, one still has plans. I've no lack of them. I plan to live a little longer yet, to continue to suffer in honourable fashion, that is without complaint or rancour... ~Colette (1873–1954)

Age 63. —
Many a man, having begun to be intemperate at thirty, enters at sixty or upwards upon a career of self-restoration... A man must submit to the conditions of humanity, and not quarrel with a cure as incomplete, because in his climacteric year of sixty-three, he cannot recover, entirely, the vivacities of thirty-five. ~Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859), "Temperance Movement"

Age 63. —
This, I understand, is my birthday. I now enter upon my climacteric year sixty-three.... Lord, help me to improve that short minute of time which yet remains. ~Richard Illidge (1636–1709)

Mid-60s. —
The years passed: the sixty-third, sixty-fourth, sixty-fifth; their monotony mitigated by long spells of torpor and the sheer rapidity of time. Her mind was carried on, empty, in empty, flying time. She had a feeling of dryness and distension in all her being, and a sort of crepitation in her brain, irritating her to yawning fits. After meals, sitting in her arm-chair, her book would drop from her hands and her mind would slip from drowsiness into stupor. There was something voluptuous about the beginning of this state; she would give herself up to it with an animal pleasure and content. ~May Sinclair, Life and Death of Harriett Frean, 1922

Age 65. —
I'm sixty-five and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I'd only be fifty-two. That's the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty-eight and forty. ~James Thurber, 1960

Ages 65+. —
Death, then, — let us know its value and what it is worth, — but destroys the outward tabernacle, cuts down that which hampers it, and removes the weights and shackles of mortality; it does not touch the immortal soul. Day by day the sands of life are failing, and those sands are swept into the common tomb into which we must all be gathered; but the soul wastes not, the soul grows in strength. There is many an old man, who feels at this moment that his soul is more vigorous, more powerful, at sixty-five, at seventy, than it was at thirty-five or at forty. And what does that indicate? That his soul is ripening, growing, and expanding. ~John Cumming, "What Shall It Profit?," Twelve Urgent Questions: Personal, Practical, and Pointed, 1855

Age 66. —
Obviously, something has happened in this little girl's lifetime:  at sixty-six she is not so old as her mother at thirty-eight... ~Margaret Deland, "The Wickedness of Growing Old," 1905

Age 67. —
Life was a fairy-tale, then, it is a tragedy now. When I was 43 and John Hay 41 he said life was a tragedy after 40, and I disputed it. Three years ago he asked me to testify again: I counted my graves, and there was nothing for me to say. I am old; I recognize it but I don't realize it. I wonder if a person ever really ceases to feel young — I mean, for a whole day at a time. ~Mark Twain, 1906

Age 67. Women. —
I sure don't feel sixty-seven any more. I still feel fat, but I don't feel old lady. ~Barry Fox Stevens (1902–1985), Don't Push the River (it flows by itself), 1970

Age 68. —
Had a talk with my old man
Said: "Help me understand."
He said: "Turn sixty-eight,
You'll renegotiate..."
~John Mayer, "Stop This Train," Continuum, 2006 ♫  [one of the best songs ever written, ever recorded, ever sung, in the history of mankind —tg]

Age 69. —
A carol closing sixty-nine—a résumé—a repetition,
My lines in joy and hope continuing on the same,
Of ye, O God, Life, Nature, Freedom, Poetry...
Of me myself—the jocund heart yet beating in my breast,
The body wreck'd, old, poor and paralyzed—the strange inertia falling pall-like round me,
The burning fires down in my sluggish blood not yet extinct,
The undiminish'd faith—the groups of loving friends.
~Walt Whitman (1819–1892), "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine"

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