Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld (161380)
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD. The maxim, En vieillissant, on devient plus fou et plus sage, was first published in his Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales, 1655. There are various English translations, including that above from his Selected Maxims and Reflections, trans. Edward M. Stack, p. 26 (1956).