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Marcus Tullius CiceroAdvice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.

 - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Carl JungThe afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life's morning.

 - Carl Jung

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-Frédéric Amiel

The aging person's functioning, impaired though it may be, cannot be preserved or improved if he is assigned the role of full-time professional patient. His person and dress, the room in which he lives, the opportunity for privacy, the rhythm of his daily life.. .should convey the fact that the institution is his home, and should permit expression of his personal life style.

 - Elaine Brody

We all know the troubles of old age. The bones creak: the eyes get dim, one forgets names.... The spark does not ignite; adrenalin has lost its potency. But there is some thing to be said on the other side. It is pleasant to rise in the morning, look out at the snow, and remark "I'm not going to the office today." The beauty of nature has lost none of its charm; the beauty of women none of its benediction. There is. . .a possibility of growing old gracefully, and with content in one's heart.

 - Vannevar Bush

Oliver Wendell HolmesHabits are the crutches of old age: by the aid of these we manage to hobble along after the mental joints are stiff and the muscles rheumatic...when every act of self determination costs an effort and a pang.

 - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Michel de MontaigneAge imprints more wrinkles in the mind, than it does in the face, and souls are never, or very rarely seen, that in growing old do not smell sour and musty. Man moves all together, both towards his perfection and decay.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Michel de MontaigneEvery period of life has its peculiar prejudices; whoever saw old age, that did not applaud the past, and condemn the present times?

 - Michel de Montaigne

Voltaire ArouetIt requires twenty years for a man to rise from the vegetable state in which he is within his mother's womb, and from the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of reason begins to appear. It has required thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure. It would need eternity to learn something about his soul. It takes an instant to kill him.

 - Voltaire Arouet

To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.

 - Robert Lewis Stevenson

Albert EinsteinSomething there is that can refresh and revivify older people: joy in the activities of the younger generation -- a joy, to be sure, that is clouded by dark forebodings in these unsettled times. And yet, as always, the springtime sun brings forth new life, and we may rejoice because of this new life and contribute to its unfolding; and Mozart remains as beautiful and tender as he always was and always will be. There is, after all, something eternal that lies beyond the hand of fate and of all human delusions. And such eternals lie closer to an older person than to a younger one oscillating between fear and hope. For us, there remains the privilege of experiencing beauty and truth in their purest forms.

 - Albert Einstein

Age is more a matter of how you feel, how you think, and what's going on in your head than what's going on in your feet -- although I wouldn't want to be challenged to a foot race this morning.

 - Gordon B. Hinckley

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheWhoever, in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself.

 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowIn old age our bodies are worn-out instruments, on which the soul tries in vain to play the melodies of youth. But because the instrument has lost its strings, or is out of tune, it does not follow that the musician has lost his skill.

 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And what would it be to grow old? For, after a certain distance, every step we take in life we find the ice growing thinner below our feet, and all around us and behind us we see our contemporaries going through.

 - Robert Lewis Stevenson

Carrie FisherWhat I didn't realize, back when I was this 25-year-old pinup for geeks, was that I had signed an invisible contract to stay looking the exact same way for the next 30 to 40 years. Well, clearly I've broken that contract.

 - Carrie Fisher

Sophia LorenThere is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

 - Sophia Loren