"Never Say Quit: Older Folks in the Outdoors"

"The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines."

My seventies were interesting, and fairly serene, but my eighties are 
I grow more intense as I age."
                -Florida Scott-Maxwell

At twenty, stooping round about,
I thought the world a miserable place,
Truth a trick, faith a doubt,
Little beauty, less grace.

Now at sixty what I see,
Although the world is worse by far
Stops my heart in ecstasy.
God, the wonders that there are!
	-Archibald MacLeish

"I have nothing to do today." That is a remark that no longer has any sort 
of meaning for me."
	-Maurice Goudeket

"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. I think it is a 
necessity to be doing something which you feel is helpful in order to grow 
old gracefully and contentedly."
	-Eleanor Roosevelt

"I can't go on, I can't go on. I'll go on."
	-Samuel Beckett

What thou lovest well remains,
		the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage
	-Ezra Pound	
	Canto LXXXI

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
	-Dylan Thomas

To live beyond the pale, to work for the pleasure of working, to grow
old gracefully while retaining one's faculties, one's enthusiasms,
one's self-respect, one has to establish other values than those
endorsed by the mob. 
  	   -Henry Miller

"To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 
40 years old." 
	-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"If I had my life to live over I'd like to make more mistakes next time. 
I'd relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. 
I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. 
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers." 
               -Nadine Stair 

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst 
into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful 
for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." 
	-Albert Schweitzer: 

"We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count."
                -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
               -John Barrymore

"If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are 
not stored away in any golden ghettos, you gain a sense of continuity and of 
the possibility for a full life."
     	 -Margaret Mead

"I haunts me, the passage of time. I think time is a merciless thing. I think 
life is a process of burning oneself out and time is the fire that burns you. 
But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary."
   	-Tennessee Williams