"Trees are, after all, our largest and oldest living things. They are Australia's natural, national treasures - the true Elders of our vast continent. "

RICHARD, ALLEN - Australia's Remarkable Trees

"Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional. "


"Even though you get a little twinge every now and again with the years marching on and become aware of your own mortality, you realise you're only limited by your imagination. "


"The reason women are always reluctant to reveal their age is because other people label them as 'past it'. In the 21st century, women over 60 are not past it - we are vital, active, sexual beings, living life to the full."


"As one gets older, I believe and follow my motto, 'DON'T STOP', in all things. Age is not a barrier. It adds greater wisdom. Always keep active and follow your dream right to the end. "


"I love being my age. I love getting older. What you lose in looks, you gain in wisdom. I might not be as physically beautiful on the outside today, but I'm much more beautiful on the inside. True beauty comes from inside..."


"As adult women, we're better able to protect ourselves emotionally. We understand we don't need to spend time with people who don't make us feel good. We recognise that some people have bad energy and we know we don't want that in our lives. Instead, we choose to spend time with people who love us and treat us well and make us happy. There's no doubt that shows on your face."


"Self belief is just one of the reasons we're younger and looking better today. We're also better educated. We know more about the environment and how it impacts on us, we understand more about nutrition and diet, and how it can affect our health too. We're also aware that what we think can affect us and so we try to think positively."


"I think it's taken me this long to really trust myself, but now I do, I really do. Thanks to my experience and wisdom, I've learned not to be so naive and trusting. Today I question everything and listen to my instincts... "


"Age cannot limit him, nor use exhaust his infinite mendacity."

JOSEPH, FURPHY - Tom Collins, The Buln-buln and the Brolga

"The older woman's love is not love of herself, nor of herself mirrored in a lover's eyes, nor is it corrupted by need. It is a feeling of tenderness so still and deep and warm that it gilds every grass blade and blesses every fly. It includes the ones who have a claim on it, and a great deal else besides. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

GERMAINE, GREER - The Change: Women, Aging and the Menopause

"I've begun to realise that I'm a bit like an old car with the parts beginning to fall to pieces. The trouble is, they can't be replaced. "


"The older you are, the more you have to offer. Life begins at 40 and it just gets better and better."


"The other thing is that women my age know that looks are only skin deep. They don't matter. What matters is who you are. Hopefully at the end of the day, you're a good person. That's what counts."


"Someone has said, 'It is not how old you are but how you are old.' The way I was old today on my eightieth birthday is that I have just entered the infancy of middle age."


"Always eat when you are hungry,always drink when you are dry, always sleep when you are sleepy, don't stop breathing or you"ll DIE."

DEXTER, KRUGER - at 109 and 19 days

"Writing doesn't come any easier with the years, that's the awful thing. Playwriting is as much a puzzle as ever."


"Though you tramp the wide land over,
Though you sail in many climes,
There is nothing half so precious
As the portrait of old times;

Of our Grandfather and Granny
In the clothes that then were worn;
Of the house that knew our boyhood,
Or the hut where we were born.

Of our parent, stiff and staring,
In the portrait-taker's den,
On the morning of their wedding -
God, they've seen some times since then!

O they wake the dead within us,
And they bring us back at last
To the courage of our fathers
And the best part of the past."

HENRY, LAWSON - Old Portraits

"Age to women is what kryptonite is to Superman. Inside every older woman is a younger woman screaming, 'Get me the hell outta here.'"


"I don't love it. I write better than I used to write, I think better than I used to think, and I've got enough experience to balance things up. But I don't like the physical side of getting older and I don't like forgetting things. If I had a choice, I'd take Peter Pan pills and stay young forever."

RAY, MARTIN - on getting older

"There is room in this world for everything and that's one of the things about ageing - as we age we sit more comfortably in our skin so that we become more truly who we really are, and that means that we become diverse. When we accept death it seems to me that it frees us up to live more fully exactly how we want to live. We know there is an end point. And it's getting closer and closer."


"Age does work as a cruel and inexorable partner to the mongrel fate and genetic legacy that render many lives difficult, if not miserable or worse."


"It is the certainty of death that renders existence meaningful, gives each moment value. Eternal life is my definition of absurdity; and of hell. Were life - as opposed to the soul - endless, nothing would have any relative merit or interest."


"Old age is an ordeal, of flesh and mind. Of winding down, of slowing down, of dying cells. It's accepting the loss of physical attractiveness and replacing it with the power and wisdom that can only come with old age."


"It's very tiring, being so old. But I do love living."


"When you're younger, you tend to be reckless about trying to find out who you are and what you can do and should do. But as you get older you become more accepting of yourself, and with that comes greater contentment."


"Hurry, don't be late.
I can hardly wait,
I said to myself when we're old
We'll go dancing in the dark,
Walking through the park, and reminiscing."

LITTLE, RIVER BAND - Reminiscing, Songwriter: Graham Goble

"There are many images and realities of what women are, become, can be - strong, vulnerable, dogged, determined, frail, brave, courageous. The faces of women are at once gentle, reflective, firm; steeped with a sense of self, the lives of women growing older are lives of care, toil, splendour and glory - the future is not to be feared. "


"Anyone would think a thin stick like me, weak and miserable would go down with everything: do you think I get more than my cough every winter? I bet I live till ninety, with all my aches and pains. To think that's fifty more years of the Great-I-Am."

CHRISTINA, STEAD - The Man Who Loved Children