The prolific Oscar Wilde tackled the issues in The Picture of Dorian Grey when he said "To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable." And although I've typically not been hard on my body I think I've been a bit tough on my soul. It seems to me that I could have gone for more joy and icecream.
It was John Mortimer who said:There is no pleasure worth foregoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. But doesn't his name share a latin root with the name for death, or morgue, or an old boyfriend? So why does he expect to be quoted?