Elderly Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old elderly quotes, elderly sayings, and elderly proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar.     

John Glenn

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.     

Oscar Wilde

Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed.     

George Bernard Shaw

The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.     

William Wordsworth

The glory of the elderly is their insight to life.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

The old are in a second childhood.     


Never tease an old dog; he might have one bite left.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.     

Coco Chanel

Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.     

Ralph B. Perry

You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.     

Anouk Aimee

Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.     

W. Somerset Maugham

It doesn't behoove elderly persons to follow fashion in their thinking nor in the way they dress.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Old age hath yet his honour and his toil.     

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The way the elderly are treated, and in some cases warehoused and medicated, rather than nurtured and listened to, is distressing.     

Bill Nighy

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.     

Leon Trotsky

The elderly have so much to offer. They're our link with history.     

John Cusack

He thought that the world would make more rapid progress without the burden of old people.     

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.     

Woody Allen

Live your life and forget your age.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.     

J. K. Rowling

As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping out minds active and open.     

Clint Eastwood

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.     

Douglas Macarthur

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.     

Henry David Thoreau

One of the things you realize about gettin older is that not everybody is goin to get older with you.     

Cormac Mccarthy

They only name things after you when you're dead or really old.     

George H. W. Bush

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 Frederic Amiel

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.     

George Burns

We are not limited by our old ages; we are liberated by it.     

Stu Mittleman

About the only thing that comes without effort is old age.     


By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.     

Bill Vaughan

Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.     

George William Curtis

Getting older was definitely preferable to an up close and personal meeting with the Grim Reaper.     

JoAnn Ross

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.     

Betty Friedan