Old People Sayings and Quotes

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

You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.     

Dave Chappelle

Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Old people should be heard but not seen. Young people should be seen, not heard.     

Grace Slick

Old people at weddings always poke me and say, "You're next." So I started doing that at funerals.     


Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.     

Chinua Achebe

Don't hustle old people.     

John Burns

There's one more terrifying fact about old people: I'm going to be one soon.     

P. J. O'Rourke

What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.     

Henry David Thoreau

It doesn't matter how old people are. It matters if they love each other and have fun with each other. It has nothing to do with age. To get old is a mental disease. Everything is in the head.     

Nina Hagen

There are no old people nowadays; they are either 'wonderful for their age' or dead.     

Mary Pettibone Poole

It's not how old you are, it`s how you are old.     

Jules Renard

Treasure the wisdom of old age. Learn from elder people and be wise.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

The young people think that the old people are fools; but the old people know that the young people are fools!     

Agatha Christie

It cuts one sadly to see the grief of old people; they've no way o' working it off; and the new spring brings no new shoots out on the withered tree.     

George Eliot

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

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.     

Pearl S. Buck

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.     

Jennifer Yane

Old people's speech is not to be dishonored -- after all, they saw the sun first.     

African Proverbs

What the elders see while sitting the young ones standing on their toes won't see.     

African Proverbs

Old people accustomed to loneliness, though no one expects to spend his or her last years in solitude, absent from loved ones.     

John Grisham

Old people were young people before young people were people.     

Tom Wyatt

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.     

John Quincy Adams

A young man is a theory, an old man is a fact.     

Edgar Watson Howe

Older people sit down and ask, 'What is it?' but the boy asks, 'What can I do with it?'.     

Steve Jobs

Old people are often impatient, but for what?     

Jonathan Carroll

Older people, who just happen to have been around longer, may not be cleverer than the young, but they have seen more.     

Penelope Keith

Not until just before dawn do people sleep best; not until people get old do they become wise.     

Chinese Proverb

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty-they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.     

Martin Buxbaum

After you're older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.     

Helen Gurley Brown