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By: Marissa Salvesen on November 29th, 2013

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10 Inspiring Quotes about Aging

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How often do you hear inspiring words about aging in our fast-paced, modern world?

So much about our culture is focused on youthfulness, it would seem that we hardly stop to think about the wisdom that comes with many years lived on this earth.

Here are a few witty, practical, and engaging quotes that celebrate healthy aging and provoke thought. Because, after all, “Age is only a matter of mind, and if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Compiled are 10 poignant, inspiring quotes from individuals who felt there was much more to life than just passing through it:


Quote 1: “Too many people, when they get old, think they have to live by the calendar.” ~Senator John Glenn (1921- ).

He was the oldest person to board a US space shuttle at age 77.

Quote 2: “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was [stet]?” ~Satchel Paige (1906 – 1982).

A baseball legend, Paige continued his successful career well into his 60s.

Quote 3: “Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley (1826 – 1893).

This British statesman advocated for regular physical activity, well ahead of his time. His astute observation withstood the most rigorous tests about daily exercise.

Quote 4: “The wise mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.” ~Williams Wordsworth (1770 – 1850).

These words of wisdom encourage you to focus on what is truly important and the legacy you want to leave behind.

Quote 5: “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” ~Robert Browning (1812-1889).

This quote reflects a true perspective on healthy aging, inspired by the belief that you become your best self later in life.

Quote 6: “Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Bauxbaum (1942 – 1991).

Bauxbaum is an American author and poet who after retirement wrote 11 credit-worthy books, and became an artist, photographer and humorist.

Quote 7: “To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love. ~Charles Victor de Bonstetten.

Here are some motivational tips to longevity.

Quote 8: “The answer to old age is to keep one’s mind busy and to go on with one’s life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis.” ~Leon Edel.

American literary critic and Pulitzer Prize winner; Edel uttered this emotive quote as if to say: “Why stop when you still can?”

Quote 9: “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~Sophia Loren.

Well renowned for her beauty, this quote from the actress is also beautifully phrased.

Quote 10: “But if we are truly happy inside, then age brings with it a maturity, a depth, and a power that only magnifies our radiance.” ~ David Deida, Intimate Communion.

People tend to define themselves by their age. If you are one of them, break out of that mold! Start thinking about who you are as a person, your purpose in life and how you can positively influence those around you.

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About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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