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"We Must Believe in Age"

At the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas last February, I shared the stage with Lori Bitter, the guru of the Mature Marketing Group at JWT, on a panel about elders and elderblogging that was sponsored by Blogher.

Later, I wrote a piece for the Mature Marketing Group’s quarterly magazine and as a result, received their 2007 calendar. All that is by way of acknowledging the source for these terrific quotes about growing old – the calendar – some of which I’d never read before, others I had and I want to share a few of both with you today.

We are not limited by our old ages; we are liberated by them.”
     - Stu Mittleman

“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.”
     - Robert Browning

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”
     - Dorothy Sayers

“Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”
     - Garson Kanin

“Women are just beginning at forty. At fifty you hit your power.”
     - Lauren Hutton

“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etching of experience and the firm line of character.”
     - Ralph B. Perry

“We turn not older with years, but newer with every day.”
     - Emily Dickinson

“When I was twenty-seven, I felt like a pebble on the beach. Now I feel like the whole beach.”
     - Shirley MacLaine

“Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.”
     - George Burns

And my favorite in this group:

“Paradoxical as it may seem, to believe in youth is to look backward; to look forward we must believe in age.”
     - Dorothy Sayers

Comments

...and another, "The four questions of life: what's the game, who's playing, what are the rules and who is going to clean up?"

"Our greatest challenge is to clean up our messes before we die".

As long as we admit the shortcomings of old age (as there are shortcoming with EVERY decade of our lives) and as long as people respect us in spite of our shortcomings and are willing to allow us to promote or assets then all is in balance with the world.

I guess one of my shortcomings is that my mind and fingers are a little off when I type!!!!!!

I guess one of my shortcomings is that my mind and fingers are a little off when I type!!!!!!

I should go back through some of the things you've written and add them to the ones on your calendar. In lieu of doing that, I like this Guatemalan proverb:

Everyone is the age of their heart.

This is one of my favorites:

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” -- Henry Ford

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