Creaking Doors hang the Longest
“Un pot fêlé dure plus qu'un neuf.” “Tout se qui branle ne chet pas” (tumbles not). Delicate persons often outlive the more robust. Those who have some personal affliction, like the gout, often live longer than those who have no such vent.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894