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The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.


There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.

André Maurois (1885-1967) French writer.

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist.

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

He that is not handsome at 20, nor strong at 30, nor rich at 40, nor wise at 50, will never be handsome, strong, rich or wise.

George Herbert (1593-1632) British poet.