C. S. Lewis? Les Brown? Anonymous?
Dear Quote Investigator: The famous fantasy author C. S. Lewis has been credited with an encouraging statement aimed at seniors:
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
I haven’t been able to find a citation. Is this ascription accurate?
Quote Investigator: QI has found no substantive evidence supporting the linkage to C. S. Lewis.
The first match found by QI occurred in the 1992 book “Live Your Dreams” by the motivational speaker and author Les Brown within a section titled “Never Too Old to Be Bold”. Emphasis added to excerpts by QI: 1
And please note this: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. A gentleman nearing retirement age once approached me after I’d given a speech to his corporation. He said, “You know, that was real great motivation for the young guys, but I’ve done all my work. There is nothing else for me to do.”
I replied, “Oh yes, you have a lot to give. The fact that you are still here on this planet means that your business is NOT DONE.”
Below are additional selected citations in chronological order.
- 1992, Live Your Dreams by Les Brown, Chapter 3: The Power To Change, Quote Page 75, William Morrow and Company, New York. (Verified with scans) ↩