„It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.“
Conclusion, p. 539
The Coming of Age (1970)
„Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.“
— Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1818 - 1891
Fonte: Moby-Dick: or, the Whale (1851), Ch. 29 : Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
Fonte: Fall of Kings
„Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe,
Old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.“
— Edith Wharton American novelist, short story writer, designer 1862 - 1937
Walt Whitman, "Song of the Open Road" http://www.bartleby.com/142/82., 12, Leaves of Grass (1855)
„There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning.“
— Simone de Beauvoir French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist 1908 - 1986
— Adolfo Bioy Casares Argentine novelist 1914 - 1999
"En la vejez todo es triste y ridículo: hasta el miedo a la muerte."
Diario de la Guerra del Cerdo, 1969.
„Turn thy thoughts now to the consideration of thy life, thy life as a child, as a youth, thy manhood, thy old age, for in these also every change was a death. Is this anything to fear?“
— Marcus Aurelius, livro Meditações
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book IX
„The age-old faith of lovers and poets in the power of love, stronger than death, that Finis vitae sed non amoris [Life ends but not love], is a lie, useless and not even funny.“
— Stanisław Lem, livro Solaris
Fonte: Solaris (1961), Ch. 14: "The Old Mimoid", p. 204
„For as old age is that period of life most remote from infancy, who does not see that old age in this universal man ought not to be sought in the times nearest his birth, but in those most remote from it?“
— Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662
Preface to the Treatise on Vacuum (c.1651)
„Then Old Age, and Experience, hand in hand,
Lead him to death, and make him understand,
After a Search so painful, and so long,
That all his Life he has been in the wrong.“
— John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester English poet, and peer of the realm 1647 - 1680
A Satire Against Mankind (1679)
„It was a meditation on life, love, old age, death: ideas that had often fluttered around her head like nocturnal birds but dissolved into a trickle of feathers when she tried to catch hold of them.“
— Gabriel García Márquez, livro El amor en los tiempos del cólera
Fonte: Love in the Time of Cholera
„There is an old German proverb: "Death has no calendar," which taken in conjunction with our... "Death is no respecter of persons," strongly marks the folk conception... as of one who obeys no rule of time, or of place, or of age, or of sex, or of household...“
— Karl Pearson English mathematician and biometrician 1857 - 1936
"The Chances of Death" (1895)
„And what is death? It is the change in the living process of a particular body. Integration ends and disintegration sets in. (…) In death only the body dies. Life does not, consciousness does not, reality does not. And the life is never so alive as after death.“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Fonte: "I am That." P.12.
„Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
Love is Life, Hatred is Death.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
— Yuan Mei
"Miscellaneous Poems" III, quoted in Albert Davis (ed.), The Penguin Book of Chinese Verse (1962), p. 67
„Undoubtedly, as it seems to me at least, satiety of all pursuits causes satiety of life. Boyhood has certain pursuits: does youth yearn for them? Early youth has its pursuits: does the matured or so-called middle stage of life need them? Maturity, too, has such as are not even sought in old age, and finally, there are those suitable to old age. Therefore as the pleasures and pursuits of the earlier periods of life fall away, so also do those of old age; and when that happens man has his fill of life and the time is ripe for him to go.“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
section 76 http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2007.01.0039%3Asection%3D76
Cato Maior de Senectute – On Old Age (44 BC)
Original: (la) Omnino, ut mihi quidem videtur studiorum omnium satietas vitae facit satietatem. Sunt pueritiae studia certa: num igitur ea desiderant adulescentes? Sunt ineuntis adulescentiae: num ea constans iam requirit aetas, quae media dicitur? Sunt etiam eius aetatis: ne ea quidem quaeruntur in senectute. Sunt extrema quaedam studia senectutis: ergo, ut superiorum aetatum studia occidunt, sic occidunt etiam senectutis; quod cum evenit, satietas vitae tempus maturum mortis affert.