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40 Quotes About the Inner Strengths of Older People

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

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable.

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable.

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)

Face marked with lines of's beautiful.

Face marked with lines of's beautiful.

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)

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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)

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

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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)

Age is an issue of mind over matter.

Age is an issue of mind over matter.

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)

 Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.

Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.

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)

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