We are getting older every day, so better remember that “there is no fool like an old fool”. This page is a collection of proverbs and quotes on age and ageing.

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A fool at forty is a fool forever.

If a person hasn’t matured by the age of 40, they never will.

A man is as old as he feels.

If you are fit and healthy it doesn’t matter how old you are.

Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.

François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.


Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up.

Mick Jagger

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.

Georges Clemenceau

How stunning are the changes which age makes in a man while he sleeps!

Mark Twain

I dream of hiking into my old age.

Marlyn Doan

I'm not getting old I'm evolving.

Keith Richards

Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.

Early experiences will be very valuable later.

Loneliness is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is mature.

Albert Einstein

Nobody wants to get old, but nobody wants to die young either.

Keith Richards

Old bees yield no honey.

Old is gold.

There are important lessons to be learned from the past.

Old mushroom has young root.

Russian proverb

The older you get the more it seems the world belongs to other people.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Bill Bryson

There is no fool like an old fool.

They all thought they could change the world once they got away from their parents.

Knots & Crosses
Ian Rankin

Time and tide wait for no man.

Delaying a decision will not prevent events from taking place.

To a young heart everything is sport.

Italian proverb

We don't stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking.

Finis Mitchel

What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death.

Dave Barry

When bees are old they yield no honey.


When nations grow old, the arts grow cold, and commerce settles on every tree.

William Blake

When the snake is old, the frog will tease him.

Persian proverb

When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot.

Ray Kroc

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.

Tom Wilson

You are never too old to learn.

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.

Ogden Nash

Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young …

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling

Youth has its romance, and maturity its wisdom, as morning and spring have their freshness, noon and summer their power, night and winter their repose.

The Life of Charlotte Brontë — Volume 2
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell