97+ Best Elderly Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Profoundly inspirational elderly quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Elderly Quotes

We still urge the elderly and other high-risk groups to be vaccinated. — Dick Thompson

I remember once having to stop performing when I thought an elderly man a few rows back from the front was actually going to die because he was laughing so hard. — Adrian Edmondson

I think people underestimate the romance audience. It’s everything from career women to high school girls to elderly women. I have male readers, too, especially for the Civil War books. — Heather Graham Pozzessere

My father died when I was 7. I was his favorite child, and he was my beloved father. I brought him along with me all through my life. Every elderly man has a bit of my father in him for me. — P. L. Travers

To those seniors, and especially elderly veterans like myself, I want to tell you this: You are not alone, and you having nothing to be ashamed of. If elder abuse happened to me, it can happen to anyone. I want you to know that you deserve better. — Mickey Rooney

It’s true I don’t tolerate fools but then they don’t tolerate me, so I am spiky. Maybe that’s why I’m quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies. — Maggie Smith

And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. — Paul Ryan

If I were mayor, I’d invite everyone to have free boat trips on the river and free balloon rides over the city. I’d let the elderly in residential homes wander free. — Jane Birkin

I am a huge admirer of Franklin Roosevelt’s, and I believe social security has done untold good in alleviating the once-widespread issue of poverty among the elderly. FDR believed in the greatness and generosity of Americans – but he was also a cold-blooded politician. — Jon Meacham

By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it. — Bill Vaughan

Research by James Poterba at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that the wealth of the U.S.’s elderly is highly skewed. About half of retirees have little or no financial wealth when they retire and depend almost entirely on Social Security for their income. — Greg Ip

Let me be clear – I want all Louisiana citizens to have choice – including the elderly and persons with disabilities – and their families – who rely on the state for their care. — Kathleen Blanco

Persons not yet immunized this season can still build immunity against the virus, since the flu season may continue into late February or early March. According to surveillance reports, flu activity in New Jersey has been steady but sporadic. Activity may increase in the future. We simply do not know at this time, but it is prudent to gain the protection that a flu shot can offer, especially for the elderly and those living with special health conditions. — Ella Boyd

While journalists cannot right every wrong, champion every cause or fix every problem, they can – through the written word – lift someone’s burden for a day, make some elderly woman on a bus smile or let them know they are noticed by someone. — Regina Brett

At 60 the sexual preoccupation, when it hits you, seems sometimes sharper, as if it were an elderly malady, like gout. — Edmund Wilson

SENATE, n. A body of elderly gentlemen charged with high duties and misdemeanors. — Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

I don’t think films about elderly people have been made very much. — Maggie Smith

You’ve read newspaper stories about elderly widows who die and leave their entire estates to their pet cats, right? Well, your cat reads those stories too, and has spent most of its skulking, devious little life dreaming about inheriting all your money. — Dave Barry

Each one of us can do a good deed, every day and everywhere. In hospitals in desperate need of volunteers, in homes for the elderly where our parents and grandparents are longing for a smile, a listening ear, in the street, in our workplaces and especially at home. — Shari Arison

The way the elderly are treated, and in some cases warehoused and medicated, rather than nurtured and listened to, is distressing. — Bill Nighy

Nobody with an IQ higher than emergency-room temperature could ever believe that ‘death panels’ would be appointed to nudge the elderly toward euthanasia. Yet for idle entertainment, it’s hard to beat Sarah Palin’s ignorant nattering on the subject. — Carl Hiaasen

You can’t predict when a crisis might hit your family, whether it’s with an elderly parent or with your children. — Nancy Gibbs

Did you hear the one about the elderly Jew on his deathbed who sent for a priest, after declaring to his astonished relatives that ‘I want to convert.’ Asked why he would become a Catholic, after living all his life as a Jew, he answered: ‘Better one of them should die than one of us.’ — Alan King

Social Security is one of the greatest achievements of the American government, protecting our elderly against poverty and assuring young people of a more secure future. — Mark Foley

Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans – working families, children, the elderly, the poor – or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question. — Bernie Sanders

When I’ve ridden in parades, I always throw to the kids, the elderly and anyone who is smiling and having a great time. I try to make eye contact with the person. If you catch a ton and a kid nearby hasn’t caught much, share. — Bryan Batt

Raking over the past and sifting its dust is an occupation for the idle or the elderly retired. — Armand Hammer

What is the most beautiful word in the language? The elderly lawyer quickly replied: Home. — Chauncey Depew

Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. — George William Curtis

I am certain no one sets out to be cruel, but our treatment of the elderly ill seems to have no philosophy to it. As a society, we should establish whether we have a policy of life at any cost. — Terry Pratchett

This administration is cutting the programs that our Nation and its citizens need most, while dissolving the safety nets created to protect the elderly and less fortunate in this wealthy Nation. — Corrine Brown

My first real awareness of Chechnya came when I was a college student studying in Russia. I arrived in St. Petersburg about two months after Anna Politkovskaya was assassinated for her reports on Chechnya. I lived with an elderly woman and her grown children in an apartment that was not too far from the neighborhood military cadet school. — Anthony Marra

My family kept its history to itself. On the plus side, I didn’t have to hear nightmarish stories about the Holocaust, the pogroms, terrible illnesses, painful deaths. My elderly parents never even spoke about their ailments. — Amy Bloom

You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older. — Anouk Aimee

An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress. — William Butler Yeats

We are also supposed to get two more trucks with ice and water today, … But I’m crossing my fingers because I don’t know that that will happen since no one from FEMA or MEMA or anybody has bothered to check on the town of Richton. I know the Gulf Coast is devastated, but if we don’t take care of our elderly they are going to die and then our town will be devastated. — E. B. White

She was to the point where she was having convulsions. They had elderly people not getting their (medicine). They had diabetics not getting their insulin. It was every man for himself. — Michael Butler

On a drug-by-drug basis, someone could save well over $1,000 a year. For someone who is not covered by the soon-to-be-rolled out Medicare program and isn’t elderly and doesn’t have any coverage, $1,000 is huge. It explains why some people are doing this. It explains why at least 22 states this year looked at legislation addressing importation. — Sharon Treat

I first came across her [Bae Suah] when I read some elderly male critic castigating her for ‘doing violence to the Korean language’, which of course was catnip to me, especially as I’d recently discovered Lispector doing pretty much the same to Portuguese. — Deborah Smith

Missouri could make huge strides by adopting a state version of the Federal False Claims Act. Millions now wasted by (Medicaid) provider fraud would be available to provide health care to low-income Missouri parents, the elderly and those with disabilities. In 2005, approximately 90,000 low-income Missourians lost their health insurance due to cuts in the Medicaid program. — Jennifer Hill

If this really has a physiological role in normal elderly people then it’s a huge deal. — David Sinclair

As a liberal, I am morally obligated to be pragmatic. What good do I do poor people, elderly people, people who are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation if I’m not realistic about accomplishing something. — Barney Frank

Many of the elderly will pay their utility bills and go without medication without food. — Glenn Cooper

There are a lot of elderly residents that are still living in this region. And people have been bringing them water and food everyday. They have no health care, they have no electricity, no generators. There’s no FEMA, there’s nobody helping these people. — Brandon Darby

Most of us would prefer that our own aged and infirm family member be cared for at home with the right kind of supporting services, as opposed to in a nursing home. For that reason the state created the PASSPORT program, which provides services to elderly and disabled people in their own homes. — Bob Taft

Cancer has taught me a lot of things. Maybe it is the best thing that has happened to me. I can’t say right now, but maybe some years down the line, I would realise. When I was taking chemotherapy, there were a lot of elderly patients, and that would inspire me. I thought, ‘If they can be cured, why can’t I be?’ — Yuvraj Singh

Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long. — W. Somerset Maugham

I say the law should be blind to race, gender and sexual orientation, just as it claims to be blind to wealth and power. There should be no specially protected groups of any kind, except for children, the severely disabled and the elderly, whose physical frailty demands society’s care. — Camille Paglia

‘Shetland’ is adapted from the novel ‘Red Bones.’ The book is based around an archaeological dig, and the mystery starts with the murder of the elderly woman who crofts the land where the dig is happening. — Ann Cleeves

What happens is the cases that we are talking about here have involved elderly people or people with compromised immune systems who come into contact with this water. It can enter the body through a cut or scratch or some kind of abrasion and if it is not treated with antibiotics it can lead to bloodstream or other kinds of infections. — B. F. Skinner

We won’t allow our elderly to be demeaned. We won’t allow anyone else to build our future for our own children. Together, we will win! — Viktor Yanukovych

As pressure grows to ease the financial burden on social security, pressure will also grow to eliminate the elderly and infirm to ‘free up’ more money for the ‘fit’ and those who contribute more than they take from society. — Cal Thomas

If you want to write something of length, however modern and radical, you must live the life of an elderly gentleman of the 1950s. — Arthur Smith

We all understand that we are living longer, and we are more likely to spend more years as frail, elderly people who can’t work. We also recognize that the wonderful advances in medicine also come with wonderful price tags. Those are things you can’t budget around. — Elizabeth Warren

Without fullness of experience, length of days is nothing. When fullness of life has been achieved, shortness of days is nothing. That is perhaps why the young have usually so little fear of death; they live by intensities that the elderly have forgotten. — Lewis Mumford

Why can’t we build orphanages next to homes for the elderly? If someone were sitting in a rocker, it wouldn’t be long before a kid will be in his lap. — Cloris Leachman

A lot of kids do look up to us. But there are just as many elderly people to put us down. — Donnie Wahlberg

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. Perhaps the adjective ‘elderly’ requires definition. In physics, mathematics, and astronautics it means over thirty; in the other disciplines, senile decay is sometimes postponed to the forties. There are, of course, glorious exceptions; but as every researcher just out of college knows, scientists of over fifty are good for nothing but board meetings, and should at all costs be kept out of the laboratory! — Arthur C. Clarke

Strong families serve society by bringing forth healthy children and maturing young adults, by being a rich source of a compassion for sick members, of support for others in time of crisis and of care for the elderly and the dying. — Vincent Nichols

I fell into a sound sleep and dreamed that I was at a banquet back in Gion, talking with an elderly man who was explaining to me that his wife, whom he’d cared for deeply, wasn’t really dead because the pleasure of their time together lived on inside him. — Arthur Golden

Jews know this in their bones. Our community could not exist for a day without its volunteers. They are the lifeblood of our organizations, whether they involve welfare, youth, education, care of the sick and elderly, or even protection against violence and abuse. — Jonathan Sacks

In terms of foods for me, I think I have more of the usual associations – foods from childhood that I associate with care and love, from relatives or special restaurants like the kind elderly man who dusted seasoning salt on French fries at the corner burger joint. — Aimee Bender

Everybody gets sick; everybody has had a problem with insurance or the prescription drugs they’re supposed to be taking or an elderly parent who needs care. — Michael Moore

Even by the twenty-second century, no way had yet been discovered of keeping elderly and conservative scientists from occupying crucial administrative positions. Indeed, it was doubted if the problem ever would be solved. — Arthur C. Clarke

Almost all my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances, including me, feel about 25, unless we haven’t had our coffee, in which case we feel 107. — Martha Beck

We were concerned that produce that did not meet the size standards of the marketing orders was being thrown away. At the same time there were elderly people who could not afford to have food. We wanted farmers to have an alternative outlet. The idea was to link up the farmer with the consumer through direct marketing. — Jerry Brown

The perception of some of the elderly is that it’s electronic, and (they) don’t want to get near it, but quite frankly, it’s easier to use than the paper ballots. My biggest concern is elderly people that are too fearful to even try. — Don Briel

Hollywood does not write parts for people like me, an elderly gentleman, and when they find out you’re crippled, forget about it. No, I’ll never work again. — Ricardo Montalban

People who are poor enough to receive LIHEAP benefits, such as elderly widows living below the poverty line, are not in a position to absorb a big increase in home heating costs. If these households don’t receive more help paying their utility bills, many of them will face excruciating choices between heating their homes, paying the rent, having enough food to last through the month, and meeting other basic needs. Serious hardship is virtually certain to ensue. — Richard Kogan

In fact, Social Security is the only source of income nationwide for 29 percent of unmarried elderly women. — Ginny Brown-Waite

I am a member of the ‘sandwich’ generation, that group that must simultaneously care for elderly parents and support children. — Sandra Tsing Loh

Traditionally, Medicare’s assurance has been that for the elderly and persons with disabilities that they will not be alone when confronted with the full burden of their health care costs. — Mike Fitzpatrick

Many Americans are unaware that we still have a large population of working families, elderly, and children who rely on emergency food pantries, shelters, and other resources to meet their nutritional needs. — Blanche Lincoln

What we’re doing is protecting elderly disabled immigrants in nursing homes, … They’re not part of the welfare reform debate. The welfare reform debate is about moving people from welfare to work. — Donna Shalala

I’ve personally demanded that tyrants let their people go. I’ve tried to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, protect the elderly and infirm, and defend the needy from the aggressively greedy. I’ve led a blessed life. What a kick for a kid from the projects. — Gary Ackerman

And as a child I was filled with passionate admiration for acts of civic courage I had seen performed by an elderly military doctor, who was a friend of my family. — Rene Cassin

What about those who help growth indirectly, those who stay at home and look after others – mothers, carers of elderly parents or sick relatives who save the state millions of pounds annually. What is their worth? How is their value to be determined? — Noreena Hertz

After-school tutoring programs, care for the elderly, shelters for the homeless, disaster relief work, and a variety of other services would all benefit from government funding. — Tony Campolo

A lasting marriage, they say, is one where the two reach for different sections of the Sunday paper. Me, I go right for the obituaries, just like those very elderly characters in Muriel Spark’s spooky novel, ‘Memento Mori.’ — Billy Collins

Many, particularly elderly people who are accustomed to getting flu shots from private physicians or those in nursing homes and institutional settings, are not able to get their flu shots. Health departments, which customarily plan on having clinics in mid to late October are having to postpone or cancel until such time as they get an adequate supply of vaccine. — Donna Brown

I’ve done signings where elderly people will line up to get photos with me and ask me to sign things. They don’t even pretend it’s for their grandkids. They’re like, ‘No, it’s for me.’ — Chris Lilley

Germany’s Angela Merkel exudes an atmosphere of elderly exhaustion and pooped-out pessimism. Britain’s David Cameron, though by nature exuberant, feels he has to look and sound glum. And France’s leader, Francois Hollande, seems determined to drive every successful businessman out of the country. — Paul Johnson

I took classes taught by an elderly woman who wrote children’s stories. She was polite about the science fiction and fantasy that I kept handing in, but she finally asked in exasperation, ‘Can’t you write anything normal?’ — Octavia E. Butler

Roman Catholicism: a hundred million people bowing down before a flesh-hating, elderly celibate. — Barbara Ehrenreich

We have a president who stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks, elderly Jews and other minorities. — Barbra Streisand

Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate. — Bertrand Russell

I had always been literary, in the sense of loving poetry and discovering novels, but I found my voice, as they say, in an office full of elderly people who looked after blind ex-servicemen. — Andrew O’Hagan

Like all good citizens, the elderly and people with disabilities want to eradicate waste and fraud from government, but helping people with special needs meet their basic needs doesn’t fit this description. — Joni Eareckson Tada

I know what I write about seems exotic to a lot of people, but not for me. I pulled up to an old trading post and saw a few elderly Navajos sitting on a bench. I felt right at home. — Tony Hillerman

Whether you are a low-income elderly woman living at the end of a dirt road in Vermont or a wealthy CEO living on Park Avenue, you get your mail six days a week. And you pay for this service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world. — Bernie Sanders

I know more about what it’s like to be elderly and infirm and kind of stupid, the way you get forgetful, but on the other hand I’m a littler, wiser, dare we say? The word ‘wisdom’ has kind of faded out of our vocabulary, but yeah, I’m a little wiser. — John Updike

I worked with the elderly. I found that from the experience of listening to elderly people talk about their lives, you get a different sense about what happens over the course of a person’s life. I grew up in a family where there’s a real ethic about making your life mean something; do something in your life that helps other people. — Catie Curtis

If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old – somebody who takes good care of things and of people. — Connie Nielsen

My first job was when I was about 12, cleaning houses in the afternoons for different elderly women in town. I hated it. — Elizabeth Strout

No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the man-child alive. — John Cassavetes

We need a real citizen preparedness plan ? one that takes care of children, the elderly and the disabled, … Mothers and grandmothers should not drown in nursing homes because help never arrived. — Bennie Thompson

People who are elderly make up a large part of our population and have enough difficulty as it is. — Wanda Clark

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