Quotes on Aging Well

It’s a funny thing. I have worked with children and teens since 1976–that’s four decades (I did the math on my fingers) and if there’s anything that reminds me of how young I am not, it’s each and every one of these youngsters. Even when they say things to me like:

“Kevin. Can you jump?” Depends on how high, I tell her. Why?Kevin with wig
“I have a new game to teach the kids in group. But I don’t want you to get hurt.”

One boy says, “You know Kevin, you could join Hair Club for Men,” But before I could respond, another teen says;
“Oh, we like the round-bald-top of your head. Its how we find you in crowds.”

Anyway, awhile ago I was sitting with a teenager and we each were sharing our collections of quotes that we had in our own notebooks. Her collection was thinner and crammed helter-skelter with random topics and doodles, and mine rather huge (of course…aged) and sorted mostly by topic. She spots my section on aging and says, “Oh funny. You collect quotes on aging? Why?” I told her she’ll find out some day but not for a long, long time.

But that exchange got me thinking about sharing some quotes on aging well that seem to me to be real, life-affirming and positive in nature. Enjoy.

Quotes on Aging Well

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled the more I gain.
– Susan B. Anthony

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

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.  ~Sam Ewing

The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger and more courageous and more compassionate through our intimacy with disappearance.
– David Whyte

To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.
– Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

It takes a person of great heart to see…the wisdom the elders have to offer, and so serve them out of gratitude for the life they have passed on to us.
– Kent Nerburn

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
– Samuel Ullman

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
– Douglas MacArthur

I used to be Snow White. But then I drifted.
– Mae West

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
– Chili Davis

The years teach much which the days never knew.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
– Mark Twain

When I turned fifty, a girl of twelve said, “You’re not an antique. You’re a collectible.” Now, having reached sixty, I expect a young woman’s update.
– Kevin Lee

My life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is a privilege to do for it whatsoever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
– George Bernard Shaw

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.
– Doug Larso

Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.
– Author Unknown

It’s important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle.
– Author Unknown

The years teach much which the days never knew.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Growing older is like climbing a mountain: the higher you get, the more strength you need, but the further you see.
– Ingmar Bergman

“Why,” a seventy-six-year-old woman was asked, “are you seeking therapy at your age?” Reflecting on both her losses and her hopes, she answered, “Doctor, all I’ve got left is my future.”
– Judith Viorst

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

Compiled and offered by Kevin Lee



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