Growth and Aging

Thoughtful quotes about growing and aging.

Words of Wisdom

"Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one's talent, to one's affections, and one's inner happiness." (George Sand)

"What a blessing it is to outlive your self-judgments and harvest your failures." (Rachel Naomi Remen)

"How old would you be, if you didn't know how old you was?" (Satchel Paige)

"To grow mature is to separate more distinctly, to connect more closely." (Hugo Von Hofmannsthal)

"Suffer the growing pains." (Liv Ullman)

"To grow up is to assume responsibility for the child within." (author unknown)

"Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it." (Helen Hayes)

"...for in every adult there lurks a child- an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed, calls for unceasing care, attention, and education. That is the part of the human personality that wants to develop and become whole." (Carl Jung)

"You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing." (Michael Pritchard)

"The man who views the world at fifty the same way he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life." (Muhammad Ali)

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"To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion." (Camus)

"He not busy being born is busy dying." (Bob Dylan)

"The years teach much which the days never know." (Waldo Emerson)

"Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit. And spirit can enter a human being perhaps better in the quiet of old age and dwell there more undisturbed than in the turmoil of adventure." (George Santayana)

"Don't forget the lessons your mistakes have taught you or you'll learn them all over again." (Dan Folgelberg)

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

"Do our experiences become more marvelous with age or is it just that we don't realize when they occur how really beautiful and precious they are?" (Joseph Cambell)

"Old age, to the unlearned, is winter; to the learned, it is harvest time."

"They saw a woman in a wheel chair taking quiet pleasure in her view. It was a mirage. She was really a young girl on tiptoes. Arms outstretched. Ready to run. Everything wonderful waited for Elizabeth Quigley." (Helen Van Slyke)

"The evening of life brings with it its own lamp." (Joseph Joubert)


APA Reference
Staff, H. (2009, January 6). Growth and Aging, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: July 18, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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