Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We're Forty...what does it all mean?!

"Father Time is not always a hard parent, and though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their heart and spirits young and full of vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life."
~Charles Dickens

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

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." ~Henry David Thoreau

"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." ~Samuel Ullman

"I'm not 40, I'm 18 with 22 years of experience!" ~Author Unknown

A Guatemalan Proverb says, "Everyone is the age of their heart."

"The years teach much which the days never knew." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." ~Mark Twain

"A man has more character in his face at forty than at twenty - he has suffered longer."
~Mae West

"Forty isn't old if your a tree." ~Anonymous

"She said she was approaching forty, and I couldn't help wondering from what direction."
~Bob Hope

"We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it."
~Jules Renard

"The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five; the mind is at its best about the age of forty- nine."~Aristotle

"Everyone should fail once before reaching forty." ~Allen Neuharth

Quoted by Francis Bacon, Apothegm ~ "Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read."

"Grow old with me! The best is yet to be." ~Robert Browning


Blacktop Disciple said...

"You are old, Father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white
And yet you incessantly stand on your head --
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."

Thanks for the birthday sentiments!

carla said...

I love this one:

A Guatemalan Proverb says, "Everyone is the age of their heart."

and 40 is right around the corner.


Lmntry said...

Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

The Bible pretty much says it all....life is a vapour.