Three Score & Ten is an anthology of literary quotes illustrating every year of one’s life from conception to death. Basically 0 – 70 (or minus 9 months to 70 if you prefer).
"...the delight of holding her was too much for me, I felt as well as they that such pleasure should be regulated and rationed."
'The Sutton Place Story'
"She was a city child and she knew about cocktails and hangovers."
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe
" by the time Eppie was three years old, she developed a fine capacity for mischief"
What Maisie Knew
" She was familiar, at the age of six, with the fact that everything had been changed on her account..."
The Well of Loneliness
"It cannot be said that at seven years old the mind is beset by serious problems, but nevertheless it is already groping, may already be subject to small fits of dejection, may already be struggling to get a grip on life – on the limited life of its surroundings. "
Novel On Yellow Paper
"When I was eight years old I went away from my parents to a convalescent home..."
"It seemed dreadful that at thirteen I had reached my best, that I could never be any better."
A Spy in the House of Love
"At sixteen Sabina took moon-baths, first of all because everyone else took sun-baths, and second, she admitted, because she had been told it was dangerous..."
The Bell Jar
" Nineteen years, and I hadn’t been out of New England except for this trip to New York. It was my first big chance, but here I was, sitting back and letting it run through my fingers like so much water."
Love in a Cold Climate
"'...why not make the most of being a girl? You’ll never be one again. You’re only twenty. Why be in such a hurry to change?’"
Anna of the Five Towns
"'It's your birthday, ye told me. I hadna' forgotten. Ye're of age to-day, and there's summat for ye.'"
The Odd Women
"When you have reached my age I prophesy you will smile at your despair of ten years ago. At your age one talks readily of “wrecked life” and “hopeless future,” and all that kind of thing. My dear girl, you may live to be one of the most contented and most useful women in England."
The Girls of Slender Means
"Jane’s life began to sprout once more, green with possibility. She recalled that she was only twenty-three, and smiled."
The Golden Notebook
"Being so young, twenty-three or four, I suffered, like so many ‘emancipated’ girls, from a terror of being trapped and tamed by domesticity. "
If Morning Ever Comes
"Her face was prettier and more clearly defined, but she still gave the impression of a waifish kind of thinness that made her seem more like fifteen than twenty-five."
"Julia was twenty-six years old. She lived in a hostel with thirty other girls (‘Always in the stink of women! How I hate women!’ she said parenthetically), and she worked, as he had guessed, on the novel-writing machines in the Fiction Department."
Lady Constance Chatterley
Lady Chatterley's Lover
"How time went by! Ten years dead, and she was only twenty-seven."
"Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her. This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight—perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman."
The House of Mirth
"Younger and plainer girls had been married off by dozens, and she was nine-and-twenty, and still Miss Bart."
"What can you do if you are thirty and, turning the corner of your own street, you are overcome, suddenly by a feeling of bliss - absolute bliss!"
Play It As It Lays
"Age, thirty-one. Married. Divorced. One daughter, age four."
"Im what am I at all Ill be 33 in September will I O well look at that Mrs Galbraith shes much older than me I saw her when I was out last week her beautys on the wane she was a lovely woman…"
The Handmaid's Tale
"I am thirty-three years old. I have brown hair. I stand five seven without shoes. I have trouble remembering what I used to look like. I have variable ovaries. I have one more chance."
"My God, you’re thirty-four years old, go on downstairs and call him. "
Point Counter Point
"She was thirty-five, but seemed younger, or rather seemed ageless."
After Leaving Mr Mackenzie
"Jeane dame (36), conaissant anglais, francais, allemande, cherche situation dame de compagnie ou gouvernante. Hautes references…"
The Love Department
"‘You are thirty-seven. It’s an age of discretion, Eve.’"
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
"‘I am forty,’ said Miss Pettigrew, ‘and no one, in all my life before, has flirted with me.'"
A Widow For One Year
"At forty-one, Ruth was ten or more years older than any of the other women in the Rokin gym..."
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
"...there would always be some difference seen between five-and-twenty and two-and-forty."
Miss Jean Brodie
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
"Miss Brodie was now forty-three and this year when she looked so much thinner than when she had stood in the classroom or sat under the elm, her shape was pleasanter..."
To the Lighthouse
"One can’t waste one’s time at forty-four, she thought."
Daphne du Maurier
"She must have thought about the days that were gone, ever remembered the lanky pig-tailed child that she had been once, so different from woman she had become, forty-five now, vigorous and settled in her ways, another person…"
W. Somerset Maugham
"Forty-six. Forty-six. Forty-six. I shall retire when I'm sixty..."
Other People's Worlds
"At forty-seven her round face was not yet empty of the beauty that had once distinguished it..."
Mrs India Bridge
Evan S. Connell
"How long ago, she thought, how very long ago that was! It seemed like eight or ten years ago, but it was more than twenty, and on this day she was forty-eight years old. "
"At the age of forty-nine, Léonie Vallon, called Léa de Lonval, was nearing the end of a successful career as a richly kept courtesan."
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
"So I lean affirmation across the café table, and surrender my fifty years away with an easy smile."
"She was not old yet. She had just broken into her fifty-second year. Months and months of it were still untouched. June, July, August!"
"Either forswear fucking others or the affair was over.This was the ultimatum, the maddeningly improbable, wholly unforeseen ultimatum, that the mistress of fifty-two delivered in tears to her lover of sixty-four..."
Sons and Lovers
"‘You’re not going to leave me. What are you? Fifty-three! I’ll give you to seventy-five...'"
Time's Arrow: or The Nature of the Offence
"This little honey’s only fifty-four."
Mrs Jane Donaldson
The Greening of Mrs Donaldson
"...she was fifty-five, an age when should she take her clothes off full light was to be avoided, hotel bathrooms always dangerous places."
Iris Aroon St. Charles
"At fifty-seven my brain is fairly bright, brighter than ever I sometimes think, and I have a cast-iron memory."
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion
Ford Madox Ford
"Miss Hurlbird was just sixty-one and Miss Florence Hurlbird fifty-nine, and they were both, mentally and physically, as vigorous as could be desired."
All Passion Spent
"Dear me, how old we all are. Herbert must be sixty-eight, and I’m sixty..."
The Old Devils
"...at sixty-one - his age too - her cheeks and jaws held their shape and the skin under her eyes was remarkably supple. "
Lady Millicent Bruton
"She had never seen the sense of cutting people up, as Clarissa Dalloway did – cutting them up and sticking them together again; not at any rate when one was sixty-two."
"...sixty-three, a widow of many years' standing, a pensioner under Penhallow's roof..."
"Mrs. Bauman told Shenandoah that in her sixty-five years of life she had known perhaps as many as a thousand human beings fairly well, and when she tried to sleep at night, their faces came back to her so clearly that she believed she could draw their faces, if she were a painter."
The Provincial Lady in Wartime
"She may look many years younger than her age, but sixty-six is sixty-six and is not the proper time of life for driving a heavy ambulance. "
"Sixty-seven-year-old Claudia, on a pavement awash with packaged American matrons, crying not in grief but in wonder that nothing is ever lost, that everything can be retrieved, that a lifetime is not linear but instant."
"Mrs Agnes Trounce, a widow, sixty-eight years of age in a little-old-lady hat and a grey-white shawl (nice touch), climbs flusterdly from her car and turns towards the target with her eyes benign and pleading."
A New Life
"Mrs Beaty lived and let live, a woman of sixty-nine, gone half deaf..."