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Old 07-11-2016, 12:54 PM   #1
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I heard someone on the radio this morning talking about an interview she did with Bette Davis shortly before the latter died. The speaker quoted Miss Davis with what I thought was a motto I could put my name to:-

"Old age ain't for sissies"

I'll remember that when I'm pushing my walking frame round the old folks home!
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:08 PM   #2
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No offence intended but that makes me wonder where the saying "Only the good die young" comes from????
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:25 PM   #3
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No offence intended but that makes me wonder where the saying "Only the good die young" comes from????

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Old 07-11-2016, 09:35 PM   #4
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Bahaha! I was just gonna say 'from Billy Joel, of course". I'd post a video with the lyrics but don't want to offend anyone - it's easy enough to find on youtube if anyone wants to look it up.

Actually, I think a version of that original saying goes as far back as the ancient Greeks.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:37 AM   #5
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I heard someone on the radio this morning talking about an interview she did with Bette Davis shortly before the latter died. The speaker quoted Miss Davis with what I thought was a motto I could put my name to:-

"Old age ain't for sissies"

I'll remember that when I'm pushing my walking frame round the old folks home!
I've always enjoyed that quote from BD,..even when I was young.

One doesn't have to push around a walker in an old age home to know that life can be a challenge in the best of life, no matter the age.
Who is old in the world today, and what age makes them "old"?

Attitude.

In the 1800's most were dead before they were 50 yrs old.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:25 AM   #6
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No offence intended but that makes me wonder where the saying "Only the good die young" comes from????
If that is true, then I am going to live forever. All I really want to accomplish is to make it to 12/31/16. That is when the full amount of my insurance policy kicks in. Then I know my kids won't be stuck with huge funeral costs.
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Old 07-12-2016, 06:43 PM   #7
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Actually, I think a version of that original saying goes as far back as the ancient Greeks.
I knew about Mr. Joel's use of the phrase and that's what made it pop into mind.

I was more interested in what you've hinted at with the ancient Greeks.

Guess it's time to dust off Mr. Google.

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Who is old in the world today, and what age makes them "old"?

Attitude.
I'll agree to some extent but we are all dealt the hand we are given in life and we all only get the number of heartbeats we will get.

A good attitude will help overcome many difficulties but Father Time will always win in the end.

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If that is true, then I am going to live forever.




Addie, You made my day with that one.

And I just might be in the same boat as you are.

All I really want to accomplish is to make it to 12/31/16. That is when the full amount of my insurance policy kicks in. Then I know my kids won't be stuck with huge funeral costs.
And I sure hope you surpass all you seek to accomplish.
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No offence intended but that makes me wonder where the saying "Only the good die young" comes from????
Attributed to Oliver Herford (1863Ė1935), an American writer, artist and illustrator who has been called "The American Oscar Wilde".

Also John Barrymore - Actor died in 1942.

However, I think it's much older than either of these. Titus Maccius Plautus (254-184 BC) wrote something similar "He whom the gods favor dies in youth."

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I've always enjoyed that quote from BD,..even when I was young.

One doesn't have to push around a walker in an old age home to know that life can be a challenge in the best of life, no matter the age.
Who is old in the world today, and what age makes them "old"?

Attitude.

In the 1800's most were dead before they were 50 yrs old.
Many of the graves in our churchyard give the lie to that one
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Many of the graves in our churchyard give the lie to that one
Yeah, people use to live longer than we usually think they did. The much longer life expectancy nowadays is partly due to the much lower infant mortality rate. The difference wouldn't be nearly as big, if we looked at the life expectancy of a 10 year old in the 1800s and 10 year old now.
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