Finally, to be 70 is to have lived 30 percent of the life of this nation, which is almost enough time to begin to fully appreciate the inestimable privilege of being a legatee of those who first unfurled the republic’s sails and steered it toward the present. That is why — with homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald — as we beat on, boats against the current, we should be borne back ceaselessly into the American past: It is impossible for the young to know, but never too late to learn, that America truly is something — perhaps the only thing — commensurate with our capacity for wonder.
"The Wonders of Being 70" by George F. Will
I am able to say that while I am not ruggedly well, I am not ill enough to excite an undertaker. ... I’ll forget the Lord’s middle name some time, right in the midst of a storm, when I need all the help I can get. --Mark Twain"Being seventy is not a sin." --Golda Meir
"The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down." --T.S. Eliot
"We know the past but cannot control it. We control the future but cannot know it." - Claude Shannon
"As ye pass by the tomb where my ashes consume, Oh! moisten their dust with a Tear." ("The Tear" by Lord Byron)
"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." Genesis 6:3 (KJV)