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Quote :: Aging

"You cannot live long without getting old." - anonymous

"Die early or grow old: there is no other alternative. And yet, as Goethe said,'Age takes hold of us by surprise." - Simone de Beauvoir in The Coming of Age

"Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, Frosty, but kindly." - William Shakespeare, As You Like It (1564-1616)

"As we grow older, we become like old cars-more and more repairs are necessary. We must look forward to the fine new machines (latest Resurrection model) which are waiting for us in the Divine garage!" - C. S. Lewis in Letters to an American Lady

"Jeanne Calment is the oldest living human whose age can be verified. On her 120th birthday, she was asked to describe her vision for the future.'Very brief,' she said." - Clark Cothern, Tecumseh, Michigan

"Another woman was asked the benefits of living to the age of 102. After a pause, she answered,'No peer pressure! - Win Arn, Arcadia, California

"Finally, John Fetterman, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, Wisconsin, told of an elderly woman who died. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, 'They wouldn't take me out while I was alive; I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead.'" - Homiletics (Jan-Mar/96)

"Lord, as I grow old and forgetful, help me to be always as mindful of You as You are of me. Help me remember the things that are truly important. Never let me forget the goodness and kindness, the mercy and compassion You have shown me all of my life. Help me to be faithful in giving you praise and thanks for the gifts of your Son and the Holy Spirit, for the graces of redemption and reconciliation. May each communion service be a celebration and renewing of our covenant of love through Your Son and a time to reach out in love to all You have given me as companions on life's way. Do not let me forget the poor, the sick and suffering, those who need a cheerful and encouraging word from me. Help me to be grateful to my family and friends and to all who mirror Your love to me. Grant that I may remember to say thank you, Help me to walk in Your ways to the end of my life. And may my last thought be of you and the joy that awaits us all in Your eternal kingdom." - Source Unknown

"Effectiveness in ministry over 50 is linked to an ability to, like Paul,'become all things to all men so that by all means I might save some'" (1 Cor. 9:22).

"Immanuel Kant wrote his best philosophical works at 74. Tennyson wrote 'Crossing the Bar' at 80. Michelangelo completed his greatest work of art at 87. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes set down some of his most brilliant opinions at 90. George Bernard Shaw won the Nobel Prize at 69."

"The psalmist captured what has become the desire of my life: 'They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green'" (Ps. 92: 14).

"The worst thing about growing old is having to listen to a lot of advice from one's children." - Heart to Heart, Lighten Up Enterprises, Inc.

"A class reunion is when everyone gets together to see who is falling apart." - Heart to Heart, Lighten Up Enterprises, Inc.

"You've reached middle-age when all you exercise is caution." - Heart to Heart, Lighten Up Enterprises, Inc.

America is growing older. Consider these statistics:

  • The over-55 population is multiplying at a rate three times faster than the population at large.
  • The 65-year plus group represents 12 percent of the national population. In churches, this same group represents 20 percent.
  • 85 percent of senior adults in church today say they want a more vital Christian faith.
  • Research has shown that seniors are, as a whole, particularly open to the gospel and its relevance in their lives.

"I have lost all inclination to vice without knowing whether I owe this change to the weakness of an outworn body or the moderation of a mind that has grown wiser than it was before. At my age it is hard to tell whether the passions one no longer feels are extinguished or overcome. - Saint Evremond, quoted by Simon de Beauvoir in The Coming of Age


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