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What a wretched lot of old shriveled creatures we shall be by-and-by. Never mind, — the uglier we get in the eyes of others, the lovelier we shall be to each other; that has always been my firm faith about friendship, and now it is in a slight degree my experience.

George Eliot (1819-1880) English novelist [pseud. of Mary Ann Evans]
Letter to Sara Hennell (1852-05-27)
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Added on 31-Jan-24 | Last updated 31-Jan-24
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You know growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.

Anthony Powell
Anthony Powell (1905-2000) English novelist
Temporary Kings, ch. 1 [Umfraville] (1973)
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PROFESSOR: What message do people generally send back when you first call on them?

OLD AGE: Not at home. Then I leave a card and go. Next year I call; get the same answer; leave another card. So for five or six, — sometimes ten years or more. At last, if they don’t let me in, I break in through the front door or the windows.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894) American poet, essayist, scholar
“The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table,” Atlantic Monthly (1858-05)
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Collected in The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, ch. 7 (1858).
 
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Inside every older person there’s a younger person wondering what happened.

Ashleigh Brilliant (b. 1933) Anglo-American epigramist, aphorist, cartoonist
Pot-Shots, #1390
 
Added on 19-Mar-21 | Last updated 19-Mar-21
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I want to tell people approaching and perhaps fearing old age that it is a time of discovery. If they say, “Of what?” I can only answer, “We must find out for ourselves, otherwise it wouldn’t be discovery.”

Florida Scott-Maxwell (1883-1979) American-British playwright, author, psychologist
(Attributed)
 
Added on 30-Nov-20 | Last updated 30-Nov-20
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She shrugged. “I don’t mind getting old.”

“I didn’t mind getting old when I was young, either,” I said. “It’s the being old now that’s getting to me.”

John Scalzi (b. 1969) American writer
Old Man’s War (2005)
 
Added on 30-Aug-16 | Last updated 30-Aug-16
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