"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his or her patients in the care of the human frame, proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

Thomas Edison

"Many doctors' knowledge of nutrition is rudimentary. Most feel much more comfortable with drugs than foods, and the 'food as medicine' philosophy of Hippocrates has been largely neglected. That may be about to change. Concern about obesity is rocketing up political agendas, and a growing interest in the science of functional foods is opening up many therapeutic possibilities."

Professor Richard Smith, British Medical Journal, 2004

"Nematode, fruit fly, rodent and clinical findings all implicate metabolism in the control of aging. Food turns up in all of these organisms as a major modulator of aging. [...] The overall pattern is clear. The use of food energy affects the rate of aging."

Professor Michael Rose

"If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."

Eubie Blake, on reaching the age of 100

"O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wrackful siege of battering days When rocks impregnable are not so stout, Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?"

William Shakespeare

"Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age."

Victor Hugo

"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative."

Maurice Chevalier

"We turn not older with years, but newer every day."

Emily Dickinson

"The idea is to die young as late as possible."

Ashley Montagu

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."

last words of Blackfoot warrior Crowfoot

"Nothing except possibly love and death are of importance, and even the importance of death is somewhat ephemeral, as no one has yet faxed back a reliable report."

writer Gerald Durrell