Old Age Quotes
"A fruitfly is ancient in 40 days,
a mouse at 3 years,
a horse at 30,
a man at 100,
and some species of
tortoises not until 150 years."
-- Leonard Hayflick --
"There are people in their sixties
who suffer when they lose friends
or relatives of their generation,
from the loss of a certain image of themselves
that the dead possessed;
with him, there vanishes a part of youth
or childhood that he alone remembered."
-- Simone de Beauvoir/ THE COMING OF AGE --
"The heart does not grow old,
but it is sad to dwell among ruins."
-- Voltaire --
"The aging of man is accepted.
He can age like a bronze statue,
acquire a patina, character and quality
like that of architecture.
The aging of woman is like crushed satin, wilted flowers.
We do not forgive a woman aging.
We demand that her dewy, ephemeral quality
that we call beauty never change."
-- Anais Nin/ THE DIARY OF ANAIS NIN
"One of the fearful developments
in the consciousness of many old people
is that, in the eyes of society,
they have become another species."
-- Ronald Blythe/ THE VIEW IN WINTER
"The invisible life of the thing
goes up in flames that are invisible,
like cellophane burning in the sunlight."
-- Galway Kinnell --