Stronger by Weakness II

 Stronger by weakness, wiser men become
As they draw near to their eternal home.
Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view
That stand upon the threshold of the new.
– Edmund Waller


Lhasa, Tibet

Every wrinkle is but a notch in the
quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

–  Charles Dickens





The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. 
–  Frank Lloyd Wright



It takes a long time to become young.
–  Pablo Picasso



Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
– Garson Kanin



Old age has its pleasures, which, though different,
are not less than the pleasures of youth.
– W. Somerset Maugham




Preah Khan, Cambodia


When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
and run my stick along the public railings
and make up for the sobriety of my youth…
– Jenny Joseph



Those who love deeply never grow old;
they may die of old age, but they die young.
– Dorothy Canfield Fisher

00406_04 TIBET-10666, 06/2001, Tibet


The answer to old age is to keep one’s mind busy
and to go on with one’s life as if it were interminable.
I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was
dying of tuberculosis.

– Leon Edel


Shanghai, China

 When we’re young we have faith in what is seen,
but when we’re old we know that what is seen is traced in air and built on water.

– Maxwell Anderson




Vrindivan, India

The great secret that all old people share is that you really
haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. 

Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.
– Doris Lessing


Afghan refugee, Pakistan


Porbandar, Gujarat, India

Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom.






A man’s age is something impressive, it sums up his life:
maturity reached slowly and
against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and
despairs overcome, and
unconscious risks taken; maturity formed
through so many desires, hopes, regrets,
forgotten things, loves.
A man’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories. 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell 


Rajasthan, India




Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries
for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who
have used him well;
making them old men and women inexorably
enough, but leaving their
hearts and spirits young and in full vigour.

With such people the grey head is but the impression of the
old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but
notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
–  Charles Dickens


Shanghai, China

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44 Responses to “Stronger by Weakness II”

  1. Really your blog is very interesting…. it contains great and unique information. I enjoyed to visiting your blog. It’s just amazing…. Thanks very much

  2. works fine, strong!

  3. sree vishnu Says:

    never came to see these kinda pics before….beautiful snaps and really meaningful quotes:)

  4. Anita Nichols Says:

    Age is beautiful! This gives me something to look forward to – and you might say that is not far off. Thank you for sharing.

  5. As an addition to the Leon Edel quote, this one is from Martin Luther:

    “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

    It was written on his small statue at my secondary school… worth to consider.

  6. Mainul Arif Says:


  7. sathya vagale Says:

    wonderful site

  8. Nei volti degli uomini e donne orientali e asiatici traspare serenità nonostante la vita dura, nei volti degli occidentali solo amarezza e rassegnazione, era questo il messaggio?

  9. hyun ah kwon Says:

    I love your portraits. It made me thinking a lot…

  10. vrinda van is the most amazing one. love your work sir!!

  11. Beautiful photos and beautiful message.
    Thank you.

    Happy New Year to you!

  12. Hi Steve, I have long been a fan of work and seen many of your images in exhibitions around the world. I will never tire of the incredible humanity in your photos.. You must be a kind hearted man. Beautiful sensitive images.. Carla

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  14. Paul Park Says:

    Great captures of time and the beauty of age

  15. Meltem Ciftci Says:

    It is some of the best shots I’ve seen .Congt. ! All these wonderful pictures reflect how beatiful and clear you look at life. Bravo !
    I just loved it. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Hello. It seems needless to say but I just added you for a nomination to the Versatile Blogger award, though I know you must have received it several times. I just had to anyway. Your work is simply wondrous. Happy 2012. More here

  17. wow… great images:)

  18. Mounira! Says:

    This drove some tears to come touched my old soul that have been living before my 17 years old body was created.. God bless you

  19. Caro Sr Steve
    A vida na sua mais pura simplicidade esta expressa em suas fotos
    O sentimento transborda de cada uma delas, Belissimo trabalho
    “O ano novo ainda não tem pecado:
    É tão criança…
    Vamos embalá-lo…
    Vamos todos cantar juntos em seu berço de mão dadas,
    a canção da eterna esperança…
    Mário Quintana
    O ano novo ainda não tem pecado:
    É tão criança…
    Vamos embalá-lo…
    Vamos todos cantar juntos em seu berço de mão dadas,
    a canção da eterna esperança… ”
    (Mário Quintana)

  20. Breathtaking photos and words, thank you!

  21. I don’t even know where to begin. Excellent quote selection, just excellent. And the photos… I feel like I have met the subjects…

  22. I tend to look at the background of your shots. Of course you do pay good attention to that.

  23. Good series with well matched quotes, HAPPY NEW YEAR peace 2012.

  24. James W. Hoskins Says:

    For this 83 year old, it is like a cool drink of water in the middle of the desert…Oh so refreshing,,,,

  25. sasikanth Says:

    Great work….fantastic.

  26. Always inspiring to see your work.

  27. Nice collection, thanks for posting.

    Unfortunate are they who do not live with elderly…

  28. This a a moving presentation – the photos are treasures.

  29. Wonderful portraits! You are one of the best! Thank you for featuring old age.

  30. Beautiful photos of lives well-spent!

  31. No words. Absolutely speechless looking at your photos. As always sir, too good!! Inspirational work…how are you so good?!!

  32. Sos un genio, Steve. El rey de la fotografía ! Oh, si =)

  33. Lovely, rich images. Just turned 60 myself, so peering down the road to see what’s ahead. Thanks. Ken

  34. your work is undoubtedly extraordinarily gifted, and your soul finesse is a gift to humanity.
    Thank you for your generosity.

  35. Ah, but I was so much older then,
    I’m younger than that now…

  36. Your are simply great Steve. The story/caption behind each of your photograph is very well written, just so appropriate to the occasion.

    All the best of more of such a wonderful clicks!!

  37. nice thoughts .(S.M)

  38. saveriuccio Says:

    Just awesome Steve! As always..

  39. Sir your work has always been an inspiration for me. If I can achieve even one percent of what you do, I’ll consider myself fortunate.

  40. You are a number one….

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