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Proverbs and Sayings About Aging Process

Updated on September 1, 2012

Proverbs and sayings touch upon all aspects of life and may cover many different spheres of existence, including but not limited to the physical, psychological, emotional, developmental and spiritual. Lets consider a few diverse examples:

Proverbs referring to emotional, mental, physical or developmental differences:

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

There may be snow on the roof but there's fire in the furnace.

Age before beauty.

Age is but a number.

You're as young as you feel.

With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days under­standing.

The race is not won by the swiftest, but he who endures to the end.

Youth is wasted on the young.

Proverbs often used to refer to self-help, health and prevention:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

You are what you eat.

Proverbs often used to refer to a desire for a lack of knowledge:

No news is good news.

What you don't know can't hurt you.

Proverbs often used to refer to periods of time

There's no lime like the present.

There's always tomorrow.

This is a new day.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

For everything there is a season.

Proverbs used to denote expectations and hope

Hope springs eternal.

Trouble don't last always.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining.

Its always darkest before the dawn.

Proverbs used to refer to life experiences

Some people you meet on the way up, you’ll meet on the way down.

Don't bum your bridges.

Everything that glitters isn't gold.

The grass is always greener on the other side.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Every house is not a home.

Proverbs considered to have religious or spiritual connection

God loves the hoary hair.

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs that express aging realism and resignation

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.

There is no fool like an old fool.

An old man who takes a young wife invites Death to the wedding.

Nothing good will come from an old man who still wants to dance.

For an old man to marry is like wanting to harvest in the wintertime.

Old people can dye their hair, but they can't change their backs.

Age is poverty.

Age is a troublesome guest.

Age is a sickness from which everyone must die.

Youth rises, age falls.

A young wife is an old man's dispatch horse to the grave.

A young woman with an old husband is a wife by day and a widow by night.

A woman's beauty, an echo in the forest, and a rainbow all quickly disappear.

When the old cow dances, her claws rattle.

When the wolf grows old, the crows ride him.

Proverbs that show caring for old people

One father can better nourish ten children than ten children can nourish one father.

Parents love their children more than do children their parents.

The old man saves, his son is a spendthrift.

Good deeds are wasted on old men and on rogues.

Age pipes and youth dances.

The parents' death is often the children's good fortune.

If the mother looks after the child, both smile. If the child looks after the mother, both cry. 

Proverbs that praise the wisdom of age

Age before beauty.

An old man can see backward better than a young one can see forward.

If an old man lacks knowledge, at least he has experience.

There is wisdom in age.

Age deserves honor.

He who does not honor age does not deserve age.

It is good to grow old in a place where age is honored.

Even bad parents deserve our thanks.

With old men take counsel.

Old men should be honored.

An old man can be outrun but not outcounseled.

Proverbs presented above took into account some thematic areas dealing with elderly and the aging process: wisdom and life experience; loneliness, vulnerability, and struggle; deterioration and decline; disabilities after age; difficulties associated with intergenerational relations; positive aspects of intergenerational communication; distrust of old people.

But the most important aspect of the presented proverbs speak about the importance of using time more efficiently, it should not be wasted or lost, you live only once.


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