Thursday, November 3, 2011

Older and Wiser

I happen to subscribe to the notion that maturity brings wisdom -- or at least a sense of calm. Just look around you for examples of how judgment and responsibility seem to increase with age. If you still aren't convinced, here are some quotes by well-known folks who apparently share this inside knowledge.

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.                                                                - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.                        - Pearl S. Buck

Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age.
                                                                                         - Jeanne Moreau

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.     - Henry David Thoreau

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.
                                                                                    - Abraham Lincoln

There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.          - Edith Wharton

Live your life and forget your age.        - Norman Vincent Peale
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.                      - T.S. Eliot

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.             - Helen Hayes

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.           - Carlos Castaneda

And one of my personal favorites:

Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese. - Billie Burke             

So the next time you think you are alone in this aging process, think again!  There are some great ideas out there from such folks as quoted here.  See for yourself!

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