31 Quotations to Express My Thoughts On Turning 31

31 Quotations to Express My Thoughts On Turning 31

It’s been a pretty crazy week, I’ll tell you what.  I’ve had family visits, doctor trips (including both a vaccination for my daughter and a trip to the dentist; try to guess which one led to more crying), and the first Halloween trick-or-treating for my daughter.  (Apparently it is uncommon in other states, but here in Pennsylvania, most towns don’t trick-or-treat on Halloween, but instead on a day prior; in our case, last Thursday, a week before Halloween itself.  It might seem un-Halloween-ly, but because not every town uses the same night, you could potentially get a week, or more, of trick-or-treating in, and what kid wouldn’t want that?)

Even with all of that going on, the biggest event for me this past week was probably my 31st birthday.  Yes, I’m now even further into my thirties, with my twenties ever further behind me and my forties coming up faster than ever.  I’ve been wondering how to feel about the experience, and what to write to celebrate (or mourn) the event.  Finally, I decided that I should look to some other sources for thoughts on the matter (and inspire some thoughts of my own), leading to this collection of

31 Quotations on Aging and Middle Age

1. After 30, your body has a mind of its own – Anonymous (Sad, but true; sometimes, it doesn’t even wait until thirty to hit you.)

2. Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle – Bob Hope (It doesn’t help when your wife takes pleasure in cooking great food and feeding the bulk to you)

3. By the time I have money to burn, my fire will have burnt out – Anonymous

4.  Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that’ll get you home earlier – Dan Bennett (Or the one that doesn’t require you to leave home at all; hello, Firefly marathon!)

5.  The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it – Doris Day

6. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened – Jennifer Yane

7.  Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest – Larry Lorenzoni

8. There is still no cure for the common birthday – John Glenn (Yup, THAT John Glenn, providing a counterpoint on birthdays)

9.  You’re only as old as you feel – Anonymous (A cliché, I know, but I need it as a set up…)

10. You’re only as old as the girl that you feel – Groucho Marx (Oh, Groucho, there’s a reason your glasses are still such a popular, if generic, Halloween costume)

For those of you who trick-or-treat on Halloween itself, may I recommend a simple but classic costume?
For those of you who trick-or-treat on Halloween itself, may I recommend a simple but classic costume?

11. We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it – Frank Howard Clark (I don’t know, with all the Baby Boomers reaching ‘old age’, there’s a currently a lot more effort in giving them a chance to enjoy it, for a price, of course)

12. You can live to be a hundred if you give up all things that make you want to live to be a hundred – Woody Allen

13. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen – Mark Twain (Just think of the level of wisdom you’d have by the time you hit eighteen; why, you’d almost be as smart as most eighteen-year-olds think they are!)

14. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been – Mark Twain

15. Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician – Anonymous

16. An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her – Agatha Christie

17.Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone – Jim Fiebig (Who wouldn’t be upset by fallen ice cream?)

18. Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips – John Wagner

19. Gray hair is God’s graffiti. Bill Cosby (God’s been going a little heavy on my beard graffiti, then)

20. At 50, everyone has the face he deserves. – George Orwell

21. It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.Andy Rooney (I don’t know, I’m pretty happy with getting old, although I wish it would take a while longer)

22. You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughingGeorge Bernard Shaw

23. Nice to be here? At my age it’s nice to be anywhere.George Burns (You can’t quote people, particularly funny people, on aging without mentioning George Burns)

24. Old age is when you resent the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated because there are fewer articles to read. – George Burns

25. Middle age: Later than you think and sooner than you expect. – Earl Wilson

26. Middle age ends and senescence begins, the day your descendants outnumber your friends.Ogden Nash (With only one of the former, I suppose I still have a way to go toward senescence)

27. Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternative.Maurice Chevalier

28. Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy. – Anonymous (If that’s the case, I hit old age around 19)

29. Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. – Caryn Leschen (Good, something to look forward to in four years)

30. As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two…Sir Norman Wisdom (My memory wasn’t all that good to begin with, so good to know that things will get even worse)

And let’s finish off with one extra special quotation, just to help celebrate this birthday properly:

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

So, there you have it, 31 quotations to celebrate my 31st 21st birthday.  Have any others you’d care to share to celebrate middle age, old age (I’m not there yet, but it’s coming pretty quick), or aging in general?

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2 Responses to 31 Quotations to Express My Thoughts On Turning 31

    • I was definitely hoping to be pretty funny with this one; no sense in getting older if you can’t laugh a little, right? But you’re right, how you live your life is the biggest factor in how your life is defined. (Not that age and things like state of health don’t have ANY impact on how you exist; but that’s another issue entirely.)

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