About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.
— Gloria Pitzer
‘Age’ is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.
— Martha Graham
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
— Madeleine L’Engle
The time to begin most things is ten years ago.
— Mignon McLaughlin
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.
— Doris Lessing
You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.
— Anouk Aimee
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.
— Jennifer Yane
Old age is no place for sissies.
— Bette Davis
Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.
— Ruth Gordon
Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
— Grace Hansen
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
— Katharine Hepburn
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
— Betty Smith
Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life.
— Sophia Loren
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
— Alice Walker
There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.
— Phyllis Bottome
Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
— Faith Baldwin
To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?
— Katherine Graham
Being old isn’t something to deny, hush up or apologise for. It’s something to celebrate.
— Virginia Ironside
Growing old is a journey best undertaken with a sense of humour and curiosity.
— Irma Kurtz
“Old” is not a dirty word. Old age is not an illness. It took a long time and a lot of hard work to get here and I see no reason to apologise for my arrival.
— Irma Kurtz
You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again!
— Bonnie Prudden
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