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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Age is a sorry travelling companion.  Danish.  1
Age is venerable in man and would be in woman if ever she became old.  Punch.  2
Age makes many a man white but not better.  Danish.  3
Few persons know how to be old.  4
Good-morrow, spectacles; farewell, lasses.  French.  5
Gray beard and red lip seldom remain good friends.  German.  6
He that would be long an old man must begin early to be one.  Spectator.  7
He that would be old long must begin betimes.  Portuguese.  8
He wrongs not an old man who steals his supper from him.  9
In telling the age of another, multiply by two; in telling your own, divide by two.  Punch.  10
It has been a great misfortune to many a one that he lived too long.  11
It is difficult to grow old gracefully.  12
It is the common failing of old men to attribute all wisdom to themselves.  Fielding.  13
Let me play the fool
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.  Shakespeare.
Most old men are like old trees, past bearing themselves, will suffer no young plants to flourish beneath them.  Pope.  15
No man is so old but thinks he may live another day.  Pythagoras.  16
No old age agreeable but that of a wise man.  17
Old age brings companions with it.  German.  18
Old age comes uncalled.  German.  19
Old age is a troublesome guest.  German.  20
Old age is honorable.  21
Old age has deformities enough of its own, do not add the deformity of vice.  Cato.  22
Old age itself is a disease.  Terence.  23
Old age, though despised, is coveted by all.  24
Old men are twice children.  25
Old men do not readily form friendships because they are not easily susceptible of pleasure.  Aristotle.  26
Old men who have loved young company have been of long life.  Bacon.  27
Old people see best in the distance.  German.  28
Poverty and age suit very ill together.  Burke.  29
Save for the man on the white horse. (For old age.)  30
Secure the three things, virtue, wealth and happiness, they will serve as a staff in old age.  Tamil.  31
The old have every day something new.  German.  32
The old man who dances furnishes the devil fine sport.  German.  33
The old man who is loved is winter with flowers.  German.  34
The old man’s counsel is half deed.  German.  35
The old man’s staff is the rapper at death’s door.  36
The oldest man that ever lived died at last.  Gaelic.  37
’Tis late ere an old man comes to know he is old.  38
What the old man does is always right.  Hans Andersen.  39
When an old man cannot drink prepare his grave.  Spanish.  40
When an old man dances he raises a great dust.  German.  41
When an old man plays tenpins the balls make a great clatter.  German.  42
When men grow old they become more foolish and more wise.  French.  43
When old men are not upright they teach their sons and grandsons to be rogues.  Chinese.  44
Who honors not age is unworthy of it.  45

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