In Humor

Later-life Levity

                                                             There is a time for everything…
                                                             a time to be born and a time to die…

                                                             a time to weep and a time to laugh, 

                                                             a time to mourn and a time to dance,
                                                             Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

Erik Erikson, the developmental psychologist, used research and conjecture to identify nine stages of life – from infancy to later-life. Erikson once wrote that he “can’t imagine a wise old person who can’t laugh.”  Indeed, wisdom, maturity, happiness and humor often go hand-in-hand among many who are on the journey through later-life. In fact, many of the sharpest insights into the realities of later-life are expressed in humor – often by those who are walking the walk. This is the beginning of a collection of later-life humor.  We invite to submit your favorites.

Old age is no place for sissies.
— Bette Davis (1908-1989).

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.
— George Burns (1896-1996).

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work, I want to achieve it by not dying.
— Woody Allen (1935- ).

By the time you know what to do, you're too old to do it.
— Ted Williams (1918-2002).

At 85 you can only think ahead for the next fifty years or so.
— Chuck Jones (1912-2002), upon signing a long-term contract with Warner Brothers at age 85.

You know you are getting old when all the names in your Rolodex have MD after them.
— Harrison Ford (1942- ).

You know you are getting old when you know what a Rolodex is.
—Ben Burgess (1985- ).

At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.
— George Orwell (1903-1950).

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
— Muhammad Ali (1942- ).

Once you're over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.
 ― Charles M. Schulz  (1922-2000).

In America, the young are always ready to give those older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
 ― Oscar Wilde  (1854-1900).

I ain't what I used to be, but who the hell is?
 ― Dizzy Dean  (1910-1974).

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
 ― Mark Twain  (1835-1910).

I'm not denying my age, I'm embellishing my youth!
 ― Tamara Reynolds

Maturity is not growing old but growing up.

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.
 ― Woody Allen  (1935- ).

I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
 ― Woody Allen  (1935- ).

Most people my age are dead at the present time.
 ― Casey Stengel  (1890-1975), age 75.

The older you get, the more you tell it like it used to be.
― Unknown.

How old would you be if you didn't know when you were born?
― Unknown.

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
― Maurice Chevalier  (1888-1972).

I intend to live forever, or die trying.
― Groucho Marx  (1890-1977).

After the age of 80, everything reminds you of something else.
― Lowell Thomas  (1892-1981).



What do you do when your career is over but your life isn't?

Phil Burgess

Making later-life work

It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement, as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls later life.