Grace and Grit

 Stronger by weakness, wiser men become
As they draw near to their eternal home.
Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view
That stand upon the threshold of the new.
– Edmund Waller

Karelia, Russia


When we’re young we have faith in what is seen, but when we’re old we know that what is seen is traced in air and built on water.
– Maxwell Anderson


Zagreb, Croatia

Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

The great secret that all old people share is that you really
haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. 

Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.
– Doris Lessing

South Korea

Lourdes, France

Grow old along with me.  The best is yet to be. 
– Robert Browning

Paris, France

It takes a long time to become young.
–  Pablo Picasso


The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. 
–  Frank Lloyd Wright

USA/Mexico Border

 Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
– Mark Twain, Following the Equator

Venice, Italy

Those who love deeply never grow old;
they may die of old age, but they die young.
– Dorothy Canfield Fisher


Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries
for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who
have used him well;
making them old men and women inexorably
enough, but leaving their
hearts and spirits young and in full vigour.

With such people the grey head is but the impression of the
old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but
notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
–  Charles Dickens

Karelia, Russia

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
and run my stick along the public railings
and make up for the sobriety of my youth…
– Jenny Joseph

Lhasa, Tibet

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
– Garson Kanin


Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom.


The answer to old age is to keep one’s mind busy
and to go on with one’s life as if it were interminable.
I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was
dying of tuberculosis.

– Leon Edel

Belgrade, Serbia

Shanghai, China

A man’s age is something impressive, it sums up his life:
maturity reached slowly and
against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed
through so many desires, hopes, regrets,
forgotten things, loves.
A man’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories. 

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell 


Old age has its pleasures, which, though different,
are not less than the pleasures of youth.
– W. Somerset Maugham


STEVE McCURRY, A LIFE IN PICTURES, by Bonnie McCurry, will be published in November, 2018.  

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