Quotes, sayings & poems

60th Birthday Sayings

To get the full value of joy you must

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

- Mark Twain

For age is opportunity no less than youth itself

For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To be happy

To be happy, we must be true to nature, and carry our age along with us.

- William Hazlitt

The worst old age is

The worst old age is that of the mind.

- William Hazlitt

While one finds company in himself and his pursuits

While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.

- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Old men are fond of

Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.

- Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

One is rarely an impulsive innovator after the age of sixty

One is rarely an impulsive innovator after the age of sixty, but one can still be a very fine orderly and inventive thinker. One rarely procreates children at that age, but one is all the more skilled at educating those who have already been procreated, and education is procreation of another kind.

- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it

Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The closing years of life

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom

Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.

- Plato

As winter strips the leaves from around us

As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.

- Jean Paul