Do not resist growing old-many are denied the privilege.
Fill high the goblet! Envious time steals, as we speak, our fleeting prime.
Here's a health to the future;
A sigh for the past;
We can love and remember,
And hope to the last,
And for all the base lies
That the almanacs hold
While there's love in the heart,
We can never grow old.
Here's hoping that you live forever
And mine is the last voice you hear.
-Willard Scott from
A Gentleman's Guide to Toasting
Here's that we may live to eat the hen
That scratches on our grave.
I've never known a person to live to 110 or more, and then
die, to be remarkable for anything else.
Let him live to be a hundred! We want him on earth.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
to a friend
Long life to you and may you die in your own bed.
May our lives, like the leaves of the maple, grow
More beautiful as they fade.
May we say our farewells, when it's time to go,
All smiling and unafraid.
-Larry E. Johnson
May the Lord love us but not call us too soon.
May virtue and truth
Guide you in youth
Catnip and sage
Cheer your old age.
-Found in a geography book dated 1880,
May we keep a little of the fuel of youth to warm our body in old age.
May you enter heaven late.
May you live as long as you want, may you never want as long as you live.
May you live to be a hundred-and decide the rest for yourself.
Noah was six hundred years old before he knew how to build an ark-don't lose your grip.
Oh to be seventy again!
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (on
the occasion of his passing a pretty girl on
the street at the age of about eighty-five)
Only the young die good.
The good die young-here's hoping that you may live to a ripe old age.
When there's snow on the roof,
there's fire in the furnace.
To the Old Guard, the older we grow,
The more we take and the less we know.
At least the young men tell us so,
But the day will come, when they shall know
Exactly how far a glass can go,
To win the battle, 'gainst age, the foe.
Here's youth ... in a glass of wine.
-James Monroe Mclean,
The Book of Wine
To the old, long life and treasure;
To the young, all health and pleasure.
You're not as young as you used to be
But you're not as old as you're going to be
So watch it!