Positive Aging
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Aging quotes are all inspirational, positive words of wisdom on getting older. Many people worry about getting older and dread the oncoming turn of each decade. But, as with everything in life, our attitude makes all the difference. By keeping a positive attitude to life you'll be happier and more able to cope with whatever may come our way.

There are also a page of Aging Sayings with wise words about getting older from unknown sources. 

Quotes are listed alphabetically on surname/source

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Aeschylus 525BC - 456BC
It is always the season for the old to learn.

Amos Bronson Alcott

Amos Bronson Alcott  1799 - 1888
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Thomas Bailey Aldrich  1836 - 1907
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent...  that is to triumph over old age.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali   1942 - 2016
Age is whatever you think it is.
You are as old as you think you are.

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty, has wasted thirty years of his life.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel 1821 - 1881
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom.

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden 1884 - 1966
I'm not interested in age.  People who tell me their age are silly, you're as old as you feel.


Aristotle  384BC - 322BC
Education is the best provision for old age.

Decimius Magnus Ausonius

Decimius Magnus Ausonius  310 - 195
Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.

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Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey  1937
You don't get older... you get better.

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May L. Becker
We grow neither better or worse as we get old...
but more like ourselves.

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher   1813 - 1887
Young love is a flame - very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep burning, unquenchable.

The Bible

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Black Elk

Black Elk 1863 - 1950
Look to the old, they are worthy of old age; they have seen their days and proven themselves. With the help of the Great Spirit, they have attained a ripe old age. At this age the old can predict or give knowledge or wisdom, whatever it is, it is so.

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton 1897 - 1968
I think people make their own faces, as they grow.

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury  1920
Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.

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Robert Brault

Robert Brault
It is possible at any age to discover a lifelong desire you never knew you had.

Les Brown

Les Brown 1945
You are never too old to set another goal,
or to dream a new dream.

Robert Browning

Robert Browning 1812 - 1889
Grow old with me... The best is yet to be.

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Martin Buber

Martin Buber 1878 - 1965
To be old is a glorious thing when one has not unlearned what it means to begin.

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

George Burns

George Burns 1896 - 1996
You can't help getting older...
but you don't have to get old.

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John Burroughs

John Burroughs 1837 - 1921
How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and colour are their last days.

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Martin Buxbaum 1912 - 1991
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty...  They merely move it from their face into their hearts.

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Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron  1948
No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby, or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical, or too selfish, or too silly to work on your creativity.

Pablo Casais

Pablo Casais  1876 - 1973
The man who works and is not bored is never old.

Lydia Maria Child

Lydia Maria Child  1802 - 1880
A human heart can never grow old if it takes a lively interest in the pairing of birds, the reproduction of flowers, and the changing tints of autumn leaves.

Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.

George Clooney

George Clooney  1961
I'm kind of comfortable with getting older because it's better than the other option, which is being dead. So I'll take getting older.

George William Curtis

George William Curtis 1824 - 1892
Age is a matter of feeling...  not of years.

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Johnny Depp  1963
I suppose it's all a question of surgery, isn't it? Of course the notion is beautiful, the idea of staying a boy and child forever, and I think you can. I have known plenty of people who in their later years had the energy of children and the kind of curiosity and fascination with things like little children. I think we can keep that, and I think it's important to keep that part of staying young. But I also think it's great fun growing old.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson 1830 - 1886
We turn not older with years,
but newer every day.

Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli 1804 - 1881
I have lived long enough to know that the evening glow of love has its own riches and splendour.

John Donne

John Donne 1572 - 1631
No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace,
as I have seen in one autumnal face.

Marie Dressler

Marie Dressler 1868 - 1934
It is not how old you are...
but how you are old.

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Will Durant

Will Durant 1885 - 1982
The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love an old man has for his wife.

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein 1879 - 1955
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

The years teach us much, the days never knew.

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Victoria Erickson
I love getting older. My understanding deepens. I can see what connects, I can weave stories of experience and apply them. I can integrate the lessons. Things simply become more and more fascinating. Beauty reveals itself in thousands of forms.

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Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Dorothy Canfield Fisher 1879 - 1958
Those who love deeply never grow old, they may die of old age, but they die young.

Henry Ford

Henry Ford 1863 - 1947
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep the mind young.

Nancy Friday

Nancy Friday  1933
The older I get...
the more of my mother I see in myself.

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James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield 1831 - 1881
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Goethe  1749 - 1832
It's not that age  brings childhood back again, age merely shows what children we remain.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling  1980
I did this scene in Lars And The Real Girl where I was in a room full of old ladies who were knitting, and it was an all-day scene, so they showed me how. It was one of the most relaxing days of my life.

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David Grayson
The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life.
"Why" I answered without a thought, "NOW."

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Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes  1900 - 1993
Age is not important... unless you're a cheese.

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Iris Hellelden

You will never be old with a twinkle in your eye
with the springtime in your heart as you watch the winter fly.
You will never be old while you have a smile to share
while you wonder at mankind and you find the time to care.
While there's magic in your world and a special dream to hold
while you still can laugh at life you will never be old.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 - 1894 
Old age is fifteen years older than I am.

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

We do not quit playing because we grow old. We grow old because we quit playing.

While we've youth in our hearts, we can never grow old.

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo 1802 - 1885
Forty is the old age of youth...
Fifty the youth of old age.

If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley  1894 - 1963
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

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Susan Jeffers

Susan Jeffers 1938 - 2012
Aging allows us to drop the baggage. It is only through life experiences that our incredible power can be brought forward in all its glory.

Aging allows us to drop the baggage. It is only through life experiences that you incredible power can be brought forward in all its glory - Susan Jeffers - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Susan Jeffers

Susan Jeffers 1938 - 2012
All the dangers in our world are like a blessed wake up call. They tell us to live life NOW... not tomorrow, not when the children grow up, not when we retire... but NOW.

We don't have to wait until we are old to gather the riches...  We can gather them every day of our lives.

Douglas Jerrold

Douglas Jerrold 1803 - 1857
How beautiful can time with goodness, make and old man look.

Joseph Joubert

Joseph Joubert 1754 - 1824
Let us be men with men, and always children before God; for in His eyes we are but children. Old age itself, in presence of eternity, is but the first moment of a morning.

The evening of a well spent youth brings it's lamps with it.

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Lionel Kaufman
Children are a great comfort in your old age.

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Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama 1935 
Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and look back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

Madeline L'Engle

Madeline L'Engle 1918 - 2007
The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis  1898 - 1963
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807 - 1882

Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren 1934
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.

Larry Lorenzoni

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

Mike Love

Mike Love  1941
The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter, what they mean to you.

Luther Standing Bear

Luther Standing Bear (Chief) 1868 - 1939
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. He knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.

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Douglas MacArthur
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.

W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham 1874 - 1965
When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully.


Michelangelo  1475 - 1564
I am still learning.
(at age 87)

Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley 1890 - 1957
Cherish all your happy moment...
They make a fine cushion for old age.

Robert Muller

Robert Muller  1923 - 2010
As the number of old people will grow, the world will gain in wisdom.

Genius can flower in a young person and in an old person. It can be a precocious capacity or the result of a long life experience.

I take always solace from the fact that St Augustine started to write the City Of God at the age of 59.

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 advance peak age that, contrary to Faust, I would not wish to return to youth.

Old age is not a diminution.. It is a peak experience.

Old age is the time of meditation, of conclusion and wisdom, of story-telling and sharing advice with the little ones and youth as one climbs the last hill of life.

Older people are closer to God. Therefore, they are better transmitters of wisdom and spirituality.

The richest product of advance, old age is wisdom and story telling.

The sand of my life is running out.. Is it white, black or golden sand?

To those who see this world as part of God’s Creation, death will come naturally and gently.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child. When I was an adult, I no longer spoke like a child. When I became old and wise, I spoke again like a child. I wish I had spoken all my life like a child.

Wise elderly persons should become gurus. The teaching of wisdom should be the main function of the third age. We should create third age universities or at least faculties.

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Anais Nin

Anais Nin 1903 - 1977
Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

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Sara Paddison
Many people can't stand the thought of aging, but it's the crystallized thought patterns and inflexible mind-sets that age people before their time.  You can break through and challenge your crystallized patterns and mind-sets.  That is what evolution and the expansion of love are really about.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow  1972
The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get.

Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale 1898 - 1993  
Live your life and forget your age.

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Gene Perret
An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again.

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Ralph Perry  1876 - 1957
Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1973
Age only matters when one is aging. Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might as well be twenty.

One starts to get young at the age of sixty.


Plato 429BC - 347BC
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.

The spiritual eyesight improves... as the physical eyesight declines.

Linda Poindexter

Linda Poindexter 
By the time beauty has gone, hopefully, wisdom comes to tell you that it doesn't matter.

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Christopher Porteous
His eyes will guide my footsteps, when faltering age is near. His light will lift my darkness, and help my ears to hear.

Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam  1919 - 2005 
Age is like the sugar in a teacup, and the last sip is always the sweetest.

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Judith Regan

Judith Regan
The key to successful aging is...
to pay as little attention to it as possible.

Jean Paul Richter

Jean Paul Richter 1763 - 1825   
Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

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Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts  1967
The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that's good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900 - 1944
A man's age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man's age represents a fine cargo of experience and memories.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon  1946
I look forward to being older... when what you look like becomes less and less an issue, and what you ARE is the point.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Charles Schopenhauer  1788 - 1860
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.

Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss  1904 - 1991
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.

James A. Simpson

James A. Simpson   
Avoid being a 'groan' up.

Cultivate your sense of humour.  On life's journey from nappy rash to denture adhesive, humour is a great pain reliever

Don't regret growing older... remember that a lot of sugar is to be found at the bottom of the cup.

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.

Beau Casper Smart

Beau Casper Smart  1987
Ages are mere reminders of the hours logged on this Earth, and the precious time remaining.

Hannah Whitall Smith

Hannah Whitall Smith  1832 - 1911
If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straightaway to become one. There is no fun for old people like it.

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg  1946
Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that's what I think keeps me hungry.

Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein  1874 - 1946
We are always the same age inside.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson  1850 - 1894
To love playthings as well as a child, to lead an adventurous and honourable youth, and to settle, when the time arrives, into a green and smiling age, is to be a good artist in life and deserve well of yourself and your neighbour.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart  1941
Over the years I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition. She also taught me that aging need not mean narrowing the scope of your activities and interests.

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 1862
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle  1948 
As we age we have the opportunity to discover our deeper essence beyond the body and express our inner beauty.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain 1835 - 1910 
Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

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Samuel Ullman

Samuel Ullman  1840 - 1924  
In the center of your heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human beings heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game of living. 

Liv Ullmann

Liv Ullmann  1938
Soon I will be and old, white haired lady, into whose lap someone places a baby, saying "Grandma!" - I, who myself so recently was photographed on my grandmother's lap.

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Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg  1971
I embrace old age.

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Mary H. Waldrip  
Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.

Edmund Waller

Edmund Waller  1606 - 1687
The Soul's dark cottage battered and decayed, let's in new light through chinks that time hath made.

Mae West

Mae West 1893 - 1980
You're never too old to become younger.

Betty White

Betty White  1922
I may be a senior, but so what?...  I'm still hot.

I think it's your mental attitude. So many of us start dreading age in high school and that's a waste of a lovely life. 'Oh.. I'm 30, oh, I'm 40, oh, 50.' Make the most of it.

Old age is not a surprise, we knew it was coming... Make the most of it.

Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren't going to get rid of me that way.

Anthony Douglas Williams

Anthony Douglas Williams 

Don't let your age control your life...
Let your life control your age.

Rachel Wolchin

Rachel Wolchin
Maturing is...  realizing how many things don't require your comment.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf  1882 1941
I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright 1867 - 1959
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.

Lois Wyse

Lois Wyse  1926 - 2007
Didn't we, like our grandchildren, begin with a childhood we thought would never end? Now, all of a sudden, I'm older than my parents were when I thought they were old.

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