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Counter AGE

How to make a king smile, or a president, or a CEO, or a newfound friend:
"After years of trying to put people at ease before an interview, I have
found the perfect solution. You shake hands, take a step back, look the person in the eye, and exclaim with astonishment, "Why, you look so much younger than your photographs!" It works every time. The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."
Sigmund Z. Engel
As quoted in Newsweek
July 4, 1949


"Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted."
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)
American author, critic
As quoted in Forbes
July 26, 1999


"Age is not particularly interesting. Anyone can get old. All you have to
do is live long enough."
Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
American actor
Groucho and Me


"I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap."
Bob Hope (b. 1903)
American comedian
As quoted in the
  International Herald Tribune
August 3, 1990


"When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and
when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed.
It evens itself out."
I. F. Stone (1907-1989)
American journalist
As quoted in the International Herald Tribune
March 16, 1988

"A man does not get old because he nears death; a man gets old because he
can no longer see the false from the good."
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)
American author
Screams from the Balcony:
  Selected Letters, 1993


"The older you get the stronger the wind gets--and it's always in your face."
Jack Nicklaus (b. 1940)
American athlete
As quoted in the
International Herald Tribune
February 28, 1990

"A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring. That
disgusts me."
Jane Fonda (b. 1937)
American actress
As quoted in The Daily Mail
September 13, 1989

"The businessman is the person to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Irish playwright

"When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is read the obituaries.
If my name's not in there, I shave."
George Burns (1896-1996)
American comedian


Bernard Baruch at a press conference on his ninety-fifth birthday
announced that during the next year he'd learn to speak Greek fluently. A
reporter asked: "Mr. Baruch you're ninety-five years old. Why would you
want to speak Greek now?" He replied: "I am ninety-five years old. It's
now or never."


"Buy old masters; they fetch a much higher price than older mistresses."
Lord William Maxwell Aitken Beaverbrook (1879-1964)
British financier, statesman, and newspaper owner


"Why can't life's problems come to us at eighteen when we know everything?"
Anonymous
"Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to
form."
Andre Maurois (1885-1967)
French biographer and novelist


"To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am."
Bernard Baruch (1870-1965)
American statesman and financier
Speech, November 1960, Overseas
  Press Club, New York City


"Age does not matter if the matter does not age."
Carlos Pena Romulo (1901-1985)
Philippine diplomat, educator, and former president
Speech upon retirement from the U.N.


When Somerset Maugham was recuperating from the flu an admirer called and
asked, "Could I send you fruit, or would you prefer flowers?" He was
eighty-eight years old. He told her, "It's too late for fruit, too early for flowers."
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
British author


When I made my debut as a twelve-year-old in Berlin, people used to say,
"Isn't he wonderful for his age?" Now they're beginning to say the same
thing again.
Mischa Elman (1891-1967)
American violinist, born in Russia
On his 70th birthday


Chauncey Depew met Mary Garden, the Metropolitan Opera star who had a
figure equal to her talent. Seeing her in a gown of pronounced
decolletage, he asked her what keeps her dress up. She replied, "Two
things: your age and my discretion."
Chauncey M. Depew (1834-1928)
American lawyer, legislator, orator


"I always wake up in the morning a young man."
Carlos Pena Romulo (1901-1985)


"I do not feel any age yet. There is no age to the spirit."
"Children are a great help. They are a comfort in your old age. And they
help you reach it faster, too."
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old
you were?"
Ruth Gordon (1896-1984)
American actress, playwright


"Nothing is free. Even age. Age is the fee God charges for life."
"You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at
sixty, it will be your soul's own doing."
Marie Stopes (1880-1958)
British advocate of birth control


You know you're getting older when the candles cost more than the cake.
Bob Hope (b. 1903)
American comedian


"One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's
such a nice change from being young."
Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958)
American author


"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art."
Garson Kanin (b. 1912)
American author


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Quotations, English