Friday, December 05, 2008

Some Good Quotes

"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." ~ Kurt Vonnegut

"I am old enough to see how little I have done in so much time, and how much I have to do in so little." ~ Sheila Kaye-Smith

"Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old." ~ Jonathan Swift

"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen." ~ Mark Twain

"Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear;
'Tis but the funeral of the former year."
~ Alexander Pope

"To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable." ~ Oscar Wilde

"The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it." ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

"I fear vastly more a futile, incompetent old age than I do any form of death." ~ William Allen White

"A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time." ~ Oliver W. Holmes, Sr.

"Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional." ~ Chili Davis

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." ~ Mark Twain

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to Heaven, and very, very few persons." ~ James Thurber

"The old dog barks backward without getting up. I can remember when he was a pup." ~ Robert Frost

"The prospect of dying doesn't bother me. It's the gettin' on with it" ~ William E. Maness (my grandfather)

"Everyone has senior moments. What scares me is when senior moments stretch into senior hours." ~ Me

In case you're wondering--I'm 57.

I think.


Timothy said...

57! Well, you write like you are not a day over 47! :)

Father Gregori said...

As my Father used to say to me:

"Too soon old, too late smart."

Or, as someone once said (their name slips my mind in my senior moment) "I was born ignorant and I have been losing ground ever since."

So, you are 57. You only have 3 more years before you enter the "Old Farts Club", which I joined 3 years ago.

Have a good day and God Bless.

Lone Ranger said...

I'd wish you a happy birthday, but after that list, I'm too depressed.

Trader Rick said...

I've read all of Vonnegut, but he's off base here. My High School Class, Dunedin (Fla.) High School, Class of '65 would do a far better job as 18-year-olds than our current "leaders"...

And one of the reasons is that we all took a state-mandated senior course entitled "Americanism vs. Communism".

Joe said...

You are officially invited to join S.W.I.N.E., my Pogo inspired association. It stands for: Seniors Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything.

Henry said...

Yeah, some of the younger, high schoolish/early college age girls working around town (e.g cashiers, waitress, etc.) occasionally call me "Sir".


Happy Birthday Mark!

Marshall Art said...

For one who's 53, I'd say you ain't that old.

Mark said...

It's all in how you feel, I think. I have always been unusually healthy. I rarely get sick or have health issues. This year has been different, especially the last several weeks. My health has taken something of a nosedive in the last couple of months. I am so unused to feeling bad that I don't know how to handle it. Doc says it's a consequence of growing older.

So, This year, I really do feel older.

Krystal said...

I love quotes! I have an entire book full of them. It was a gift. I like to go through it and just read them.

Trader Rick, too bad "Americanism vs. Communism" isn't required anymore. Although it stands to reason. The liberals would have a hard time recruiting if the students from our public schools were taught the truth now, eh?

Mark said...

Thanks, Krystal. The post is not just a collection of quotes. I always find some subtle way of telling readers it's my birthday without actually saying it flat out. Check out some of my previous Dec 5th posts.

Cameron said...

Happy Birthday!

Art MacKay said...

You need to check out Canada's Kate at She's so far right she makes you guys look like you got stuck in the middle. Here's a quote for you. "Truth is like clay, it needs to be molded." Who said that?

Mark said...

I don't know, who said that, Art, but apparently no one else does. I couldn't find it on google. It doesn't really make sense if you parse it out, though.

Truth is solid, unchangeable, firm, and always absolute. How could it be molded?