Quotes, sayings & poems

70th Birthday Sayings

Love protects you from age

Age does not protect you from love, but love protects you from age.

- Coco Chanel

Old wood best to burn

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

- unknown

Every stage of human life

Every stage of human life, except the last, is marked out by certain and defined limits; old age alone has no precise and determinate boundary.

- Marcus Tulius Cicero

We should so provide for old age

We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.

- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Old people love to give good advice

Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.

- François de La Rochefoucauld

Old age is a tyrant

Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.

- François de La Rochefoucauld

How can the moribund old man reason back to himself the romance

How can the moribund old man reason back to himself the romance, the mystery, the imminence of great things with which our old earth tingled for him in the days when he was young and well?

- William James

At seventy it is time to be in earnest.

At seventy it is time to be in earnest.

- Samuel Johnson

To be seventy years old is

To be seventy years old is like climbing the Alps. You reach a snow-crowned summit, and see behind you the deep valley stretching miles and miles away, and before you other summits higher and whiter, which you may have strength to climb, or may not. Then you sit down and meditate and wonder which it will be.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is nothing more despicable than an old man

There is nothing more despicable than an old man who has no other proof than his age to offer of his having lived long in the world.

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth.

Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there were no fools in their days, but unluckily they themselves are left as an example.

- Alexander Pope

How earthy old people become

How earthy old people become --moldy as the grave! Their wisdom smacks of the earth. There is no foretaste of immortality in it. They remind me of earthworms and mole crickets.

- Henry David Thoreau