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The overwhelming power of natural beauty

Barge on Buzzards Bay

Photo by Brian Shortsleeve

“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” Fred Astaire

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” Lucille Ball

“If you live to be one 100, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.” George Burns

“Ours seems to be the only nation on Earth that asks its teenagers what to do about world affairs and tells its golden-agers to go out and play.” Julian Gerow

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” Abraham Joshua Heschel

“To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“I don’t feel 80. In fact, I don’t feel anything till noon. Then it’s time for my nap.” Bob Hope

“Do not resist growing old – many are denied the privilege.” Irish toast

“Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.” Rudyard Kipling

“If you wish to live long, you must be willing to grow old.” George Lawton

“My husband said when he was young, he used to live in the country. I said, ‘When you were young, everybody lived in the country’.” Moms Mabley

“Middle age is a time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.” Don Marquis

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.” Michael Pritchard

“A mature person is one…who deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that…all of us need both love and charity.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“One thing is certain, and I have always known it—the joys of my life have nothing to do with age.” May Sarton

“The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“When I turned 2 I was really anxious because I’d doubled my age in a year. I thought, if this keeps up, by the time I’m 7 I’ll be over a hundred.” Wright Stevens

“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.” Mark Twain

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