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We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

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We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

And in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

Forgiveness is the cleansing fire
that burns away old regrets and resentments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate
the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn -
and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

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What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

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

I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

There are old heads in the world
who cannot help me by their example or advice
to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself;
but I believe that it is in my power
to elevate myself this very hour
above the common level of my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

A mind that is stretched by a new experience
an never go back to its old dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Comparisons are odious.
- old English Proverb

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process,
gradually changing opinions,
slowly eroding old barriers,
quietly building new structures.
- John F. Kennedy

The trick is growing up without growing old.
- Casey Stengel

Getting old is a fascination thing.
The older you get, the older you want to get.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

Old age has deformities enough of its own.
It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Youth, large, lusty, loving -
Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you
with equal grace, force, fascination?
- Walt Whitman

I believe in God, but not as one thing,
not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God
is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha
and all the rest said was right.
It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
- John Lennon

Forgiveness ... is the finishing of old business
that allows us to experience the present,
free of contamination from the past.
- Joan Borysenko

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Short words are best
and the old words, when short, are best of all.
- Winston Churchill

All diseases run into one - old age.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I want a girl just like good old mom,
who is different in every way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Old is always fifteen years from now.
- Bill Cosby

I'm saving that rocker for the day
when I feel as old as I really am.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Few people know how to take a walk.
The qualifications are endurance,
plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature,
good humor, vast curiosity, good speech,
good silence and nothing too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

Every one desires to live long,
but no one would be old.
- Abraham Lincoln

I make it a policy to try never to
make a complete idiot of myself twice in the same way.
After all, there's always all kinds of new ways
to make a complete idiot of myself.
Why repeat the old ones?
- Margot Dalton

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns
to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
- Brigitte Bardot

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

An old friend will help you move.
A good friend will help you move a dead body.
- Jim Hayes

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
- John Leonard

Old friends pass away, new friends appear.
It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives.
The important thing is to make it meaningful:
a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century;
a passion is old at the end of three months.
- Madame Swetchine

My coat and I live comfortably together.
It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere,
has moulded itself on my deformities,
and is complacent to all my movements,
and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm.
Old coats and old friends are the same thing.
- Victor Hugo

Love makes the world go 'round
- an old anonymous proverb,
made popular by the 1958 and 1961 songs

I always like to know everything about my new friends,
and nothing about my old ones.
- Oscar Wilde

The best mirror is an old friend.
- Proverb

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving
for my friends, the old and the new.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes new love comes between old friends.
Sometimes the best love was the one that was always there.
- Anonymous

Old age is an excellent time for outrage.
My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.
- Louis Kronenberger

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

Computers are like Old Testament gods;
lots of rules and no mercy.
- Joseph Campbell

Any old place I can hang my hat is home sweet home to me.
- William Jerome

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament,
he would be a criminal.
If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New,
he would be insane.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
- George Burns

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new
ballplayer is the jersey.
The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front.
The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
- Steve Garvey

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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