40 Older People Quotes About Their Inner Strengths

Updated on January 25, 2019
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MsDora, former teacher and counselor, is fascinated by the prospect of joyful aging. She explores and shares habits of happy seniors.

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Despite the physical decline which signals aging, some older people remain attractive by maintaining their inner strengths. Below are 40 quotes, subdivided under titles that name four areas in which happy older people remain strong.

  1. Inner Beauty: Even while their features and frame undergo visible decline, their charm shines through their smiling eyes, their compassionate hearts, and insightful words.
  2. Spiritual Strength: Their spiritual muscles expand, exhibiting strengths like courage and persistence as they face their new challenges.
  3. Acceptance: They consider aging a privilege in contrast to the alternative.
  4. Humor: Research shows that only 25% of jokes about aging present a positive view, but happy older people are not easily offended; besides, laughing is a healthy exercise.

(I) Inner Beauty

1. Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)

2. Your face is marked with lines of life, put there by love and laughter, suffering and tears. It's beautiful. (Lynsay Sands)

3. Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. (Martin Buxbaum)

4. Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. (Mark Twain)

5. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it's the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it. (Mitch Albom)

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6. The heads of strong old age are beautiful
Beyond all grace of youth. They have strange quiet,
Integrity, health, soundness, to the full
They've dealt with life and been tempered by it. (Robinson Jeffers)

7. When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. (Victor Hugo)

8. Sunrise is beautiful, sunset is beautiful and there is something as beautiful as these two: The sincerity of an elderly feeding birds with a happy face shining like the Sun! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

9. I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves. (Kate Winslet)

10. 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 would not wish to return to youth. (Robert Muller)

(II) Spiritual Strength

11. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

12. Old people have wisdom but not energy. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

13. Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength. (Betty Friedan)

14. The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. (Aldous Huxley)

15. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:14)

Did You Know?

Ronald Reagan became President of the United States at age 69.

Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled and towed 70 rowboats.

Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President of South Africa.

16. Age has no reality except in the physical world. . . Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

17. Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, “A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!” (Robert Browning)

18. Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses. (Maggie Kuhn)

19. To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age. (Amos Bronson Alcott)

20. Growing old is humbling and it takes effort to accomplish this stage of life with dignity. (Kilroy J. Oldster)

(III) Acceptance

21. Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older. (Louise Hay)

22. You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing. (George Bernard Shaw)

23. Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened. (Terry Pratchett)

24. You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories (Garrison Keillor)

25. The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing. (Ernest Hemingway)

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

27. Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do. (Golda Meir)

28. Old age: the crown of life, our play's last act. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

29. I'm proud of my age . . . and should I end up withered, wrinkled and with a lifetime of great wisdom, I'll trade the few years of youth for the sophistication of a great mind...for however long it lasts. (Donna Lynn Hope)

30. Old age is meant to slow us down just before the final destination; otherwise reaching the stop would be too abrupt. (Lamine Pearlheart)

(IV) Humor

31. It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone. (Andy Rooney)

32. You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake. (Bob Hope)

33. Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get. (Robert Orben)

34. If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age. (George Burns)

35. The great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful. (Ernest Hemingway)

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36. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough. (Groucho Marx)

37. Just remember, when you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed. (Charles Schultz)

38. Whatever a man's age, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-colored flower in his button-hole. (Mark Twain)

39. I intend to live forever. So far, so good. (Steven Wright)

40. Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. . . Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. (Margot Benary-Isbert)

Inner Strength Poll

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      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks Devika. Since we cannot avoid all age, the easier think to do is to embrace it.

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        DDE 

        2 months ago

        These quotes encourage and allow ones mind to be open about old age. A great mind always thinks alike.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Hope you enjoy(ed) your special day. Happy that you like the quotes enough to add them to your collection for sharing. You're one of the cheeriest older people.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        2 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        This is my birthday month, so your "Older People Quotes" are perfect. This is a lovely variety and dividing these quotes into subdivisions adds even more interest. In my "Word" program I have a section for favorite quotes that I refer to often and sometimes share. Thanks for adding to this collection of mine.

        Beautiful!

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        Antonio50S 

        2 months ago

        Had to "Rethink" the ( Kate Winslet )

        She's absolutely 100% right. It's not just about inner beauty, its about confidence as well. Even without spirituality involved confidence people do become more attractive.

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        Antonio50S 

        3 months ago

        In other words, what i was trying to say about "Kates" quote, the real inner beauties in others will get noticed by the ( right people )

        There's definitely a lot of beautiful people here. Think i got it right this time.

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        Antonio50S 

        3 months ago

        I think what i was trying to say about the ( Kate Winslet ) quote, any beauty we notice in another is more likely to be on a personal basis rather than a general one, and kates quote implies ( not everyone ) will notice them beauties, especially if it's just based on confidence alone. ( despite confidence ) being a good thing.

        But like the rest of the quotes mentioned here "inner beauty and spiritual strength" come into it as well which are not always visible to everyone.

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        Antonio50S 

        3 months ago

        Also like the quote "Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough"

        That's funny, will keep that in mind.

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        Antonio50S 

        3 months ago

        Thank's Dora, Flourish, everyone. I'm sure you're all Angels deep down disguised as humans.

        This motivational book i bought back in the 80s say's, ( even when we don't feel like saying or doing the right things, just do them anyway ) then after a while, our feelings, moods and thoughts begin to change for the better, they start to follow our actions for real.

        Thoughts effects our moods, moods effects out thoughts. "Marlene" also reminded me, ( No matter who we are, we all like compliments ) giving compliments to others is a positive experience, it makes the one receiving them feel good, and surprisingly, the one giving compliments feel just as good or even better for giving them. Quote, Jesus. ( "There's more happiness in giving than receiving" ) If we really think about them words, Only a master would say that.

        About the ( Kate Winslet ) quote, Confidence is definitely a good thing, especially for those lacking in it, there's so many verses in the scriptures supporting the God who gives confidence, and though the lady i was married to died as i mentioned in the past, the longer you're married to a person, as the years go by the "inner beauties" we notice in the other begins to surpass and go beyond all physical beauty that may have first attracted us to them.

        Them are the beauties that only "time" can reveal.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Jo, thank you so much for reading and sharing with your friends. Hope your friends enjoy them too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. Wouldn't it be helpful to have them embedded in our minds? Well, we just might have to remind ourselves sometimes.

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        Jo Miller 

        3 months ago from Tennessee

        Thank you, Dora, for this beautiful and inspirational article. Just what I needed. I'm going to bookmark this one, and share it on facebook for my friends.

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        Linda Crampton 

        3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        You've included some wonderful and very inspiring quotes in this article, Dora. The list contains many ideas that I want to remember.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Denise, seems that you are your husband are preparing to enjoy life in your later years. Thanks for sharing your fun approach and enjoy your life to the full.

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        Denise W Anderson 

        3 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

        My husband and I have been reading a joke book for "newly old folks" and most of them have to do with forgetfulness, sagging muscles, and body parts that don't function the way they should. We laugh at their antics, then we go to an activity with people in their 60's, 70's, and 80's that have strong spiritual connections. We are wrapped in the warmth of their wisdom, understanding, and love, and there is no doubt in our minds that we are in the place that we want to be.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Shauna, thanks for your observation on humor. I totally agree with your conclusion.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        3 months ago from Central Florida

        Great quotes, Dora. I love that you ended on a humorous note. Humor is such an important part of life. To me, humor feeds inner beauty, spiritual strength, and acceptance.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Glen. Keep up that fun attitude. Off to look for the song now.

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        GlenR 

        3 months ago from UK

        Nice quotes, Dora. I like the humorous ones best and am doing my utmost to retain a sense of humour as the years gallop along.

        My mantra - a Jules Holland version of the song ‘Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think. Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink’. It’s fun and uplifting. You can find it on utube.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Blossom, what a great topic for a children's talk, and how remarkable that you still remember it. I join you in your resolve to grow in grace.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Flourish, thanks for making that observation.

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        William Kovacic 

        3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        Quotes seem to be your specialty, Dora. They're always uplifting and encouraging. Thank you for the work you do!

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        Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

        3 months ago from Victoria, Australia

        What a great article! You must have spent quite a while doing all the research and finding those quotes. Had a good chuckle at the more humorous ones. Once, when I was a child the Minister gave a children's talk about growing older, pointing out that we have a choice: to grow grumpier or to grow in Grace. Looking around at the different older people there, I decided on the spot that I'd much rather grow in Grace!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        I like Antonio's positive comments, too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Antonio, thanks for your informative and insightful comments. I appreciate your positive input.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Loretta, thanks for your encouragement. Old agers do need to keep their minds occupied.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Devika, happy that you are encouraged. I've read them over several times myself. Mandela's courage and strength at his age are hard to beat.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Tim, I appreciate your encouragement. The quotes you picked are also among my favorites, but as you suggested, they all offer food for thought.

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        Antonio50S 

        3 months ago

        Really like that quote by ( Kate Winslet ) Women definitely get more beautiful as they get older, but not to sure if it's the actual confidence itself "though good" that make's them beautiful ?

        I think one of the best film Scenes ever was "As good as it gets" by Helen Hunt & Jack Nicholson.

        Forgot the exact lines, but Helen says "give me a compliment" i need a compliment now. Towards the end of the film Jack give's the best Compliment ever. ( I get it ) while other's missed it, but to be a beautiful woman on a desert island, without others to notice and give compliments, where's the fun in that ?

        You definitely are beautiful dora, as well as others on here.

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        Antonio50S 

        3 months ago

        A lot of these quotes seem to Echo ( Ecclesiastes 3:11 ) meaning God has

        "set eternity in the hearts of men"

        That means we will never be able to fathom Gods workings from "begining to end" If we did, life would lose it's meaning.

        He's created in us an insatiable heart that will never be satisfied in the physical alone, and the wisdom we develope as the years go by is part of our spiritual experience.

        The "nlt" commentary say's,

        "We have a spiritual thirst, and nothing but the ( Eternal God ) can truly satisfy us. God has built in us a ( Restless ) yearning for the kind of perfect world that can only be found in his perfect rule" but even in that perfect rule, we will never fathom the workings of God from begining to end. Because of that, we will always be in Awe of Gods creation.

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        The Sampsons 

        3 months ago from The Ozarks, Missouri

        Thanks for another great article. Good thoughts to ponder, indeed.

        Loretta

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        Devika Primic 

        3 months ago

        WOW! These quotes have great meaning to anyone. Mandela was a great person. After 27 years in prison and to become a leader of SA that is an amazing being and at 76. You have shared an encouraging hub.

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        Tim Truzy 

        3 months ago from U.S.A.

        Hi, Ms. Dora,

        Loved each and every quote.

        Great article and I loved the mention of Mandela and Reagon.

        But I think the Marx and Twain quotes have to be my favorites.

        There is always wisdom in your writings and food for thought and nourishment for the soul, dear sister.

        God bless your love guided pen,

        Tim

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Liz, don't let the young people hear you. Glad you enjoyed the quotes. Thanks for your affirmation.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, you'll get to hang on to youth even when you're older. You wife will get an insight into old age and what to expect even before she gets older. You both have it made! And you son will be wiser than most his age because of all this. Stay blessed!

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Bob Hope himself was a good example of old age humor. Glad you enjoyed the quotes, and thanks for commenting.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Bill, it happens so gradually and I don't think we'd like it any other way. Thanks for your input.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        There are some great quotes here. A solid collection to encourage, educate and amuse us all. With age comes wisdom, which the younger generation overlooks at its peril.

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        Eric Dierker 

        3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Dora, your writing, showing your heart, is transferred to my family in love. At over sixty though not yet an older person it is hard retraining your body to be young again. A very fun pursuit with a young wife and small son. So the body starts doing things naturally. Not like a youth. And that is an advantage - for real.

        My mind and soul say to me "today was the best day ever, and tomorrow will be better". Perhaps only my perspective gets better every day of age. And a really cool thing is that my son at eight does the same -- Sometimes I wonder if riches and wisdom are wasted on the old.

        Love you

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 months ago from Sunny Florida

        Ms. Dora, I loved reading all these quotes. Bob Hope's comment in the humor section made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed each section, but I found many things to think about in the spiritual one.

        Have a wonderful weekend.

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        Bill Holland 

        3 months ago from Olympia, WA

        When do we leave middle age and move into old age? Maybe I don't want to know. lol Loved these quotes.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Rajan. good for you that you like the humorous ideas on aging. That attitude will help you enjoy life in your old age.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Lori, you couldn't have your current wisdom and perspective earlier, because they come with age. We need something new at every stage of life to keep us smiling. Thanks for sharing.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Flourish, thanks for the suggestions. The challenge is to find a unique slant since there are already some of those lists online. I'll keep thinking about it.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        Chris, that's a sweet gesture. I read you article and can relate to much of it. If aging occupies our thoughts, we might as well let the thoughts be pleasant.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        3 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Wise, humorous and witty! I especially like these:

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

        Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough. (Groucho Marx)

        It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone. (Andy Rooney)

        Thank you for sharing.

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        Lori Colbo 

        3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        These are fantastic. I am a collector of quotes so I will tuck some of these away. I am 62 now and I was thinking the other day after talking to my oldest son (44) and having chats with my best friend in which we reflected on our younger years and how different we think now it's true how with age comes wisdom and a perspective I wish I had when I was young/

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        I especially liked the quotes under acceptance and humor. This was a lovely collection of sayings. It would be great to see examples of people who achieved great things at advanced age. Maybe another article? I’m sure there are all kinds of scientists, artists, politicians, writers, and others who have made contributions to the world after age 65 or so.

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        Chris Mills 

        3 months ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

        Thank you for these quotes. There is a lot of food for thought contained here. I just wrote a hub about age as well. I'll pick one of your quotes and memorize it.

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