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Life is first boredom, then fear.
Whether or not we use it, it goes,
And leaves what something hidden from us chose,
And age, and then the only end of age. Philip Larkin, Dockery & Son, 1964
If I had a pill which would reduce my age by twenty-five years I wouldn’t take it. Because I’m tired of life. Bill Buckley, television interview, cited Best of Enemies ***** 2015
Wisdom ... comes not from age, but from education and learning. Anton Chekhov
It’s just the age when nothing fits. Rebel Without a Cause 1955 starring James Dean & Natalie Wood & Sal Mineo & Jim Backus & Ann Doran & Corey Allen & William Hopper & Rochelle Hudson & Edward Platt & Nick Adams et al, director Nicholas Ray, mother
Six is a very awkward age, and seven isn’t much better. Face of a Fugitive 1959 starring Fred MacMurray & Lin McCarthy & Dorothy Green & Alan Baxter & James Coburn & Gina Gillespie et al, director Paul Wendkos, kid to hero
Thirty! I never want to be that old. Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid 1989 starring Val Kilmer & Duncan Regehr & Wilford Brimley & Julie Carmen & Lew Wallace & Julie Carmen & Albert Salmi & Ned Gaughn & Ric San Nicholas et al, director William A Graham
Age and wisdom have their graces. Star Trek: The Next Generation s1e16: Too Short A Season
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. Muhammad Ali
He’s 31 this year – last year he was 30. David Coleman, football commentator
Age will not be defied. Francis Bacon, Essays: Of Regimen and Health, 1625
I am obsessed about age ... People are young if they feel young. Gina Lollobridiga, BBC interview 1969
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest 1895
I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience. Ronald Reagan, presidential debate, Kansas City 21 October 1984
Age is deformed, youth unkind
We scorn our bodies, they our mind. Thomas Bastard, Chrestoleros, 1598
I have reached the age when a woman begins to perceive that she is growing into the person she least plans to resemble: her mother. Anita Brookner
Age merely shows what children we remain. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Middle age? I hate middle age. Too young for a bowling green. Too old for ecstasy. Rab C Nesbitt: Back, BBC 1998
The time shall not be many hours of age
More than it is ere foul sin, gathering head,
Shall break into corruption. William Shakespeare, Richard II V i 57-59, Richard to Northumberland
Therefore my age is as a lusty winter,
Frosty, but kindly. William Shakespeare, As You Like It II iii 52
But age, with his stealing steps
Hath clawed me in his clutch,
And hath shipped me intil the land,
As if I had never been such. William Shakespeare, Hamlet V i 77
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain
We are always the same age inside. Gloria Steinem
Oh to be your age again. Surrounded by that blue mist. Anna Karenina 2012 starring Keira Knightley & Jude Law & Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Kelly MacDonald & Ruth Wilson & Matthew MacFadyen & Alicia Vikander & Olivia Williams & Emily Watson & Michelle Dockery & Holliday Grainger et al, director Joe Wright Anna
What do the ravages of time not injure? Our parents’ age (worse than our grandparents) has produced us, more worthless still, who will soon give rise to a yet more vicious generation. Horace, Odes
While everybody else was ageing, I was getting younger, all alone. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2009 starring Brad Pitt & Robert Towers & Peter Donald Badalamenti & Tom Everett & Spencer Daniels & Chandler Canterbury & Cate Blanchett & Elle Fanning & Julia Ormond & Taraji P Henson et al, director David Fincher
I am this month one whole year older than I was this time twelve-month; and having got, as you perceive, almost into the middle of my fourth volume – and no farther than to my first day’s life – ’tis demonstrative that I have three hundred and sixty-four days more life to write just now, than when I first set out; so that instead of advancing, as a common writer, in my work with what I have been doing at it – on the contrary, I am just thrown so many volumes back ... Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Tonight: anti-ageing secrets revealed: how we call could live healthier for longer. The latest science might have some of the answers. And we ever too old to start looking after ourselves. Tonight: Help Me Stop Ageing! ITV 2017
Our relationships can have an affect on our telomeres and our ageing. ibid.
We know that telomeres shorten with age: and a bad diet can reduce them even more. Lack of exercise can shorten them further still. So can stress. ibid.
Death. Sooner or later we all have to face it. It’s an inevitable part of life. But medicine is engages in a never-ending battle to delay this final moment. And today a biomedical revolution is promising to extend our life span further than ever before. Sir Paul Nurse, How to Live Longer: The Big Think, BBC 2017
Cancer, Health Disease and Dementia … ‘can be traced back to cells’ … by curing these illnesses we should be able to extend our lives even further. ibid.
Half of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. ibid.
Are we born to die? For millennia we’ve tried to outsmart our own mortality only to find that death is the greatest certainty, but for the first time in history that may be about to change. Science is unravelling the mysteries of ageing. Discovering an animal that comes back from the dead, and turning our quest for eternal life on its head. Are we about to enter the age of immortality or is death necessary for the survival of our species? Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole s7e2: Can We Cheat Death? Science 2015
Oh I wish I was 24 again. When I started? 24. That’s when I first started. Now I’m 39. The Cage Fighter, opening scene, 2017
France 1760: The wonder man of Europe runs for his life. No records exist of his birth, death or true identity. He was considered a genius in art, music, politics and alchemy. Although he looked 40, many believed he was at least 150 years old. He called himself the Count of Saint Germain. Others called him the Man Who Would Not Die. (Immortality & Age) In Search of s2e2 … The Man Who Would Not Die, History 1977
They say that somewhere there is a fountain whose waters can make one young again … The legendary Fountain of Youth. In Search of s5e11 … Fountain of Youth
Modern science is replacing legend in the quest to turn back the clock and regain lost youth. ibid.