“With age comes wisdom” is more than just an adage; it’s an almost universally accepted truth.
To honor the elders among us, we present some of our favorite inspirational quotes and images that convey the wisdom—and beauty—of aging.
“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” –Betty Friedan
Rather than glamorizing youth, renowned feminist Betty Friedan chose to emphasize the advantages of aging. How will you use this new stage of opportunity and strength?
“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.”
Forty is in the rearview mirror; your life has just begun!
“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” –Coco Chanel
Take it from this iconic French fashion designer—no matter what your age, you can still be wonderfully irresistible.
“It’s not about age; it’s about attitude.”
If you’ve got a good attitude, who cares how old you are?
“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” –David Bowie
The late, great rock star’s insight reveals that we can be even better in older age than in youth—because we become who we really are.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
This witticism has been erroneously attributed to Mark Twain, but it bears repeating. A positive attitude about aging goes a long way.
“I don’t see anything so wrong with a wrinkle. It’s kind of a badge of courage.” –Iris Apfel
This 95-year-old fashion legend is an all-around inspiration. Why hide the beauty that comes with age and experience?
“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.”
Life isn’t easy, and we bear the battle scars to prove it. Take pride in the obstacles you’ve overcome to reach this point in life.
“You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories.” –Garrison Keillor
Older adults can appreciate the wisdom of this famous author’s words. Life is less black and white than it appears; there are more shades of gray than you recognized in your youth. And, in the end, one of the greatest treasures you can pass on to your family is your stories.
“Do not regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.”
The reminder that the alternative to aging is death confers a healthy perspective on our advancing years. Aging is a gift.
“In youth we learn; in age we understand.” –Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
The Austrian writer had it right—we spend our youth filling our minds with knowledge, but it’s not until we’re older that we gain greater wisdom and understanding.
“The trick to aging gracefully is to enjoy it.”
How are you enjoying life in older age?
“My face carries all my memories. Why would I erase them?” –Diane von Furstenberg
The 70-year-old fashion designer believes our wrinkles, smile lines, and age spots are a map of our lives. That map is a source of pride and honor, not something to be ashamed of.
“Gray hair is a crown of splendor.” –Proverbs 16:31
Why hide your glorious crown?
“We are always the same age inside.” –Gertrude Stein
These accomplished writer’s words ring particularly true, giving me insight into why I still feel like a teen or twentysomething when I am well past that point. No matter what age we reach, we are still our unique selves. Our age does not define us.
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