16 Inspiring Quotes About Aging

The following 16 quotes are taken from an article in Psychology Today by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.   She hoped in writing the article to help seniors think more positively about their own aging and to gain a better perspective on ways to live as productively and as long as they can.

  1. “I had to wait 110 years to become famous.  I wanted to enjoy it as long as possible.”  Jeanne Louise Calment  (1875-1997) – This French woman is the oldest documented living human.
  2. “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 (1935- )
  3. “Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar.” John Glenn (1921-)  The oldest person to board a U.S. Space Shuttle at age 77.
  4. “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” Satchel Paige (1906-1982)  This baseball legend continued his successful career well into his 60s.
  5. “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” Coco Chanel (1983-1971)  The fashion icon.
  6. “Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” Edward Stanley (1826-1893) A British statesman
  7. “I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  8. “Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed.” George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
  9. “By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” George Burns (1896-1996)
  10. “The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.” William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
  11. “He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.” Plato (427-346 B.C.)
  12. “At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” Ann Landers (1918-2002)
  13. “Old age hath yet his honour and his toil.” Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
  14. “Because I could not stop for death – He kindly stopped for me.” Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
  15. “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” Robert Browning (1812-1889)
  16. “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan (1921-2006)

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Dr. Whitbourne expands on these quotes and their significance to a richer view of aging  in her article.  She seems to have miscounted since her article is titled, “15 Wise and Inspiring Quotes About Aging”.

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