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50th Birthday Poems

As for old age, embrace and love it

As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

An old man loved is

An old man loved is winter with flowers.

- German proverb

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.

- Jean Paul

Methuselah lived to be 969 years old

Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . You boys and girls will see more in the next fifty years than Methuselah saw in his whole lifetime.

- Mark Twain

Though I look old

Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty; for in my youth I never did apply hot and rebellious liquors in my blood; and did not, with unbashful forehead, woo the means of weakness and debility: therefore my age is as a lusty winter, frosty but kindly.

- William Shakespeare

I have lived long enough

I have lived long enough. My way of life is to fall into the sere, the yellow leaf, and that which should accompany old age, as honor, love, obedience, troops of friends I must not look to have.

- William Shakespeare

Have you not a moist eye

Have you not a moist eye, a dry hand, a yellow cheek, a white beard, a decreasing leg, an increasing belly? Is not your voice broken, your wind short, your chin double, your wit single, and every part about you blasted with antiquity?

- William Shakespeare

The latter part of a wise person's life is

The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.

- Jonathan Swift

It is not by the gray of the hair

It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.

- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

People of age object too much

People of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon and seldom drive business home to it's conclusion, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

- Francis Bacon

The outer passes away

The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

- Thomas Carlyle

Many foxes grow gray

Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.

- Benjamin Franklin