108+ Best Elderly Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Elderly Quotes

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. Frank Lloyd Wright

 Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you. Ogden Nash

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. Sophia Loren

First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down. Leo Rosenberg

In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber.  So long as it receives a message of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage  so long are you young.  When the wires are all down and our heart is covered with the snow of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are you grown old. Douglas MacArthur

Getting older. I used to be able to run a 4 minute mile, bench press 380 pounds, and tell the truth. Conan O’Brien

For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest. Hasidic saying

I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to. Albert Einstein

Every year should teach you something valuable; whether you get the lesson is up to you. Every year brings you closer to expressing your whole and healed self. Oprah Winfrey

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. Jennifer Yane

One of the reasons people get old and lose their livelihood is that they get weighed down by all of their stuff. Richard Leider

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain

Grandchildren don’t make a man feel old, it’s the knowledge that he’s married to a grandmother that does. J. Norman Collie

I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward. Mary Sarton

There is still no cure for the common birthday. John Glenn

Of all the self fulfilling prophecies in our culture the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest. Marilyn Ferguson

Life seems to fade our memory, so on this birthday I will forget yours if you forget mine! Kate Summers

Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind. Jackie Joyner Kersee

 Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. Larry Lorenzoni

Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older. Louise Hay

In childhood, we yearn to be grown ups. In old age, we yearn to be kids. It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn’t have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order. Robert Brault

Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy five and yet not ever truly to have lived. Martin Luther King Jr.

There is absolutely nothing to be said in favor of growing old. There ought to be legislation against it. Patrick Moore

You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing. George Bernard Shaw

It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone. Andy Rooney

I believe the second half of one’s life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it. Frances Lear

I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap. Bob Hope

We are not victims of aging, sickness, and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being. Deepak Chopra

Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough. Groucho Marx

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. Franz Kafka

 Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes, age just shows up all by itself. Tom Wilson

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. Pearl S. Buck

If you want to know how old a woman is then ask her sister in law. Edgar Howe

The trouble is, when a number your age becomes your identity, you’ve given away your power to choose your future. Richard J. Leider

A man who correctly guesses a woman’s age may be smart, but he’s not very bright. Lucille Ball

It annoys me when people say, ‘Even if you’re old, you can be young at heart!’ Hiding inside this well meaning phrase is a deep cultural assumption that old is bad and young is good. What’s wrong with being old at heart, I’d like to know? Wouldn’t you like to be loved by people whose hearts have practiced loving for a long time? Susan Moon

Men peak at age nineteen and go downhill. Garrison Keillor

I’ve always said that I will never let an old person into my body. That is, I don’t believe in ‘thinking’ old. Don’t program yourself to break down as you age with thoughts that decline is inevitable. Wayne Dyer

I was looking in the mirror the other day and I realized I haven’t changed much since I was in my twenties. The only difference is I look a whole lot older now. George Carlin

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. Ben Franklin

All men are the same age. Dorothy Parker

Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week. Maggie Kuhn

 People ask me what I’d most appreciate getting for my eighty-seventh birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit. George Burns

A human being would certainly not grow to be 70 or 80 years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species to which he belongs. The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life’s morning. Carl Jung

 You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred. Woody Allen

The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts and we grow happier as we grow older. William Lyon Phelps

I have successfully completed the thirty year transition from wanting to stay up late to just wanting to go to bed.

Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better! İngrid Bergman

Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once. Dave Barry

If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life. Margaret Mead

 She said she was approaching forty and I couldn’t help but wonder from which direction.Bob Hope

When it comes to staying young, a mind lift beats a face lift any day. Marty Bucella

Maybe it’s true that life begins at fifty. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. Phyllis Diller

My physical body may be less efficient and less beautiful in old age. But God has given me an enormous compensation: my mind is richer my Soul is broader and my wisdom is at a peak. I am so happy with the riches of my advanced peak age that, contrary to Faust, I would not wish to return to youth. Robert Muller

Nobody expects to trust his body much after the age of fifty. Alexander Hamilton

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau

At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves. George Orwell

Elderly people are like plants.  Whereas some go to seed, or to pot, others blossom in the most wonderful ways.  I believe beauty competitions should be held only for people over seventy years of age.  When we are young, we have the face and figure God gave us.  We did nothing to earn our good looks.  But as we get older, character becomes etched on our face.  Beautiful old people are works of art. Like a white candle in a holy place, so it the beauty of an aged face. James Simpson

I’m aiming by the time I’m fifty to stop being an adolescent. Charles Caleb Colton

I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves. Kate Winslet

I refuse to admit I’m more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate. Nancy Astor

The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind. William Wordsworth

Looking fifty is great if you’re sixty. Joan Rivers

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be. Robert Browning

When I was young, I was called a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties, I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then, and I’m labeled senile. George Burns

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan

I don’t plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my ears meet. Rita Rudner

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford

Like all good ruins, I look better by moonlight. Phyllis Diller

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. George Burns

 I complain that the years fly past, but then I look in a mirror and see that very few of them actually got past. Robert Brault

Here’s what I know: I’m a better person at fifty than I was at forty eight  and better at fifty two than I was at fifty. I’m calmer, easier to live with. All this stuff is in my soul forever. Just don’t get lazy. Work at your relationships all the time. 

 As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don’t. Carrie Fisher

Take care of friendships, hold people you love close to you, take advantage of birthdays to celebrate fiercely. It’s the worrying  not the years themselves  that will make you less of a woman. Patti LaBelle

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. Lucille Ball

Relish love in our old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating. Leo Buscaglia

 I stay away from natural foods. At my age, I need all the preservatives I can get. George Burns

Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get. Keith Richards

 I’m at that age where my back goes out more than I do. Phyllis Diller

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

 An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her. Agatha Christie

There is also this pressure in Hollywood to be ageless. I think what I have been witness to is seeing women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves. I am grateful to learn from their mistakes, because I am not injecting shit into my face. I see them and my heart breaks. I think, ‘Oh, God, if you only knew how much older you look.’ They’re trying to stop the clock, and all you can see is an insecure person who won’t let themselves just age. Jennifer Aniston

 As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two. Sir Norman Wisdom

Count your age by friends, not years.  Count your life by smiles, not tears. John Lennon

 At my age, I’ve heard it all; I’ve seen it all; and I’ve done it all. I just can’t remember it all.

I am appalled that the term we use to talk about aging is ‘anti.’ Aging is as natural as a baby’s softness and scent. Aging is human evolution in its pure form. Jamie Lee Curtis

By the time you’re 80 years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it. George Burns

Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.Albert Einstein

We don’t grow older, we grow riper. Pablo Picasso

Aging isn’t about getting old it’s about LIVING Learning that you can age well, will actually help you to age better let’s start celebrating and living an engaged life, and stop punishing ourselves for not looking a certain way, and instead holding ourselves accountable for actually taking care of ourselves inside first, knowing the results on the exterior will be a shining side effect. Cameron Diaz

 Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese. Luis Bunuel

In spite of illness, in spite of even the archenemy’s sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. Edith Wharton

 You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. Ogden Nash

I have absolutely no objection to growing older. I am a stroke survivor so I am extremely grateful to be aging. I have nothing but gratitude for the passing years. I am aging, lucky, lucky me! Sharon Stone

Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional. Walt Disney

It’s like you trade the virility of the body for the agility of the spirit. Elizabeth Lesser

 I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity. Tom Stoppard

I love living. I love that I’m alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn’t wake this morning. I love and feel very blessed that I did. Maya Angelou

As a child I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts. David Sedaris

Aging happy and well, instead of sad and sick, is at least under some personal control. We have considerable control over our weight, our exercise, our education, and our abuse of cigarettes and alcohol. With hard work and/or therapy, our relationships with our spouses and our coping styles can be changed for the better. A successful old age may lie not so much in our stars and genes as in ourselves. George E. Vaillant

 Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week. Maggie Kuhn

I don’t believe in aging.  I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun. Virginia Woolf

You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there. George Burns

With age comes the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals? Elizabeth Cady Stanton

You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake. Bob Hope

The great thing about getting older is that you become more mellow. Things aren’t as black and white, and you become much more tolerant. You can see the good in things much more easily rather than getting enraged as you used to do when you were young. Maeve Binchy

You know you are getting old when everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work. Hy Gardner

We don’t grow older, we grow riper. Pablo Picasso

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. Will Rogers

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