Wow, I thought I was feisty!
Our readers responded to our call for favorite quotes about aging (original column below) with fun…
“I’ll never be done turning my wild oats into shredded wheat!”
…and with wit…
“Studies have shown that people who have the most birthdays live the longest.”
A few had a good perspective on grey hair. Here’s my favorite so far…
“I don’t have gray hair…I have wisdom highlights.”
You GO, girl!
Readers Bella and Lisa offer extensive commentary worth checking out in the comments below.
Personally I like Rose’s attitude.
“…Life is good and I”m HAPPY to be here.”
That’s what I call aging with attitude!
We’ll leave this column up for a while so folks can enjoy quotes and maybe start thinking of their own. We’ll bring back this column with some other quotes at a future date, so be on the lookout.
Original Column posted 12/5:
Aging is a journey everyone will face (if they’re lucky!), yet society has so many indications that it’s something to avoid looking at, or even to dread.
Well, screw that.
Here’s a list of just some of my favorite quotes about aging, from people who know what’s up.
- “The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
- “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. ~John Lennon
- “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” ~George Bernard Shaw
- “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.
- “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ~Franz Kafka
- “Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!” ~Ingrid Bergman
What’s your favorite quote about aging – either your own or from someone you admire. Let us know in the comments!
Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.