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Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of
by Giacomo Leopardi

Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of
all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain,
and it brings with it every possible sorrow.
Yet men fear death and desire old age.
- Giacomo Leopardi

Real misanthropes are not found in solitude,
but in the world; since it is experience of life,
and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.
- Giacomo Leopardi

There are some centuries which - apart from everything else -
in the art and other disciplines presume to remake
everything because they know how to make nothing.
- Giacomo Leopardi

Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and
takes away his desires along with desire's rewards.
- Giacomo Leopardi

 

No human trait deserves less tolerance in everyday life,
and gets less, than intolerance.
- Giacomo Leopardi

People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to
be that which they are not.
- Giacomo Leopardi

No one is so completely disenchanted with the world,
or knows it so thoroughly, or is so utterly disgusted with it,
that when it begins to smile upon him he does not become
partially reconciled to it.
- Giacomo Leopardi


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You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

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

I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The trick is growing up without growing old.
- Casey Stengel

A mind that is stretched by a new experience
an never go back to its old dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
- John Leonard

The best mirror is an old friend.
- Proverb

Forgiveness is the cleansing fire
that burns away old regrets and resentments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Getting old is a fascination thing.
The older you get, the older you want to get.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process,
gradually changing opinions,
slowly eroding old barriers,
quietly building new structures.
- John F. Kennedy

Sometimes new love comes between old friends.
Sometimes the best love was the one that was always there.
- Anonymous

It is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century;
a passion is old at the end of three months.
- Madame Swetchine

There are old heads in the world
who cannot help me by their example or advice
to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself;
but I believe that it is in my power
to elevate myself this very hour
above the common level of my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

Old age has deformities enough of its own.
It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

Comparisons are odious.
- old English Proverb

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Forgiveness ... is the finishing of old business
that allows us to experience the present,
free of contamination from the past.
- Joan Borysenko

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving
for my friends, the old and the new.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

Youth, large, lusty, loving -
Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you
with equal grace, force, fascination?
- Walt Whitman

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

I always like to know everything about my new friends,
and nothing about my old ones.
- Oscar Wilde

An old friend will help you move.
A good friend will help you move a dead body.
- Jim Hayes

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
- Bob Hope

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort,
should, when young, consider that he may one day become old,
and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
- Joseph Addison

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus

I find that a man is as old as his work.
If his work keeps him from moving forward,
he will look forward with the work.
- William Ernest Hocking

He has a profound respect for old age.
Especially when it's bottled.
- Gene Fowler

Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch
a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.
- Sarah Orne Jewett

Old age is like a plane flying through a storm.
Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
- Golda Meir

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament,
he would be a criminal.
If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New,
he would be insane.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

He is so old that his blood type was discontinued.
- George William Curtis

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
- George McGovern

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

I'm saving that rocker for the day
when I feel as old as I really am.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is always in season for old men to learn.
- Aeschylus

I'm not interested in age.
People who tell me their age are silly.
You're as old as you feel.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternatives.
- Cato

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.
- Hosea Ballou

The tendency of old age to the body,
say the physiologists,
is to form bone.
It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old
man whose opinions are not ossified.
- Bob Wells

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns
to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck

In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent.
We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
- Knut Hamsun

"Think simple" as my old master used to say -
meaning reduce the whole of its parts
into the simplest terms,
getting back to first principles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

All diseases run into one - old age.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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