— Colette 1873-1954 French novelist: wrote Gigi 1873 - 1954
Context: You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.
Speech on being elected to the Belgian Academy, as quoted https://books.google.com/books?id=5KMkAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22To+be+astonished+is+one+of+the+surest+ways+of+not+growing+old+too+quickly.%22+intitle%3A%22Earthly+Paradise%22+inauthor%3AColette&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22You+must+not+pity+me+because+my+sixtieth+year+finds+me+still+astonished.+To+be+astonished+is+one+of+the+surest+ways+of+not+growing+old+too+quickly.%22 in “Lady of Letters” Pt. 4, Earthly Paradise (autobiography, 1966) ed. Robert Phelps