The book is dedicated to “all those dignified, respectable people who are
growing old gracefully, ... and to the rest of us, who hope to grow old as disgracefully as possible.
May we all achieve the kind of old age we want.”
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This little book was originally printed as a pocket-sized book, with one message per page, in different fonts and sizes. Format is obviously different for an ebook.
The cover shows an older couple heading off who knows where, under a modified flag, of a skull and two crossed walking sticks. Their little boat is named "Speranza" which means HOPE.
I believe we need all the hope and all the help we can get to grow old well.
Examples of sayings:
“ONLY WHEN HOPE DIES ARE YOU OLD”.
A woman once said to Groucho Marx, “I’m approaching 70”.
He asked, “From which end?”
Motto after 50
NO MORE BULLSHIT!
Retirement at 65 is ridiculous.
When I was 65 I still had pimples. - George Burns.
Age doesn’t matter - unless you’re a cheese. - J. Paul Getty.
Before you die, be sure you have lived.
Live everyday as if it’s your last........
and one day you’ll be right!
Some of these sayings have been begged, borrowed or
scrounged from strangers and from friends.
I have acknowledged original sources where possible
and welcome further information.
It was launched at an International Year of Older Persons Day, in Hobart, by the late poet and author, Margaret Scott.
“Heather has clearly put a great deal of time, effort, care and good judgment into amassing this collection of aphorisms, quotations, taken from sources which range all the way from Woody Allen to Plato. And I think we should be grateful to her for this. Her book is very valuable in several ways.
First it’s a wonderful little goldmine for anyone who has to give a speech, on anything, particularly connected with ageing or the aged. In this year of the elderly persons many of us I’ve no doubt will be scratching round for wise and witty sayings which we can scatter through our discourse, whether we’re doing the rounds with Rotary or venturing into the Lions den.
Second, and much more importantly, the whole thing has a very bracing effect, rather like that of vodka and carrot juice, which is recommended on one page in the book. A good way to keep bouncing I think would be to keep Growing Old Disgracefully on your bedside table and riffle through it in the mornings before getting up, especially on grey and dismal winter days.
Thirdly and perhaps most important of all, this book reminds the community at large that it’s not a good idea to impose stereotypes on the elderly. Now, earlier on I had a go at one sort of stereotypical view of the senior citizen, that which labels him or her incapable of simple tasks and a candidate for the funny farm the moment he or she turns 65. Heather is much more concerned with having a go at a different kind of stereotype, with the idea that the senior citizen is necessarily deprived, limited, condemned to a narrow existence, above all doomed to behave with stultifying dignity.
And she’s gathered many sayings which exalt the elderly to kick up their heels and do as they please and take risks and throw the stereotype of stiffly dignified old age to the wind and LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL. Thankyou Heather.”
- Margaret Scott.