Old age means different things to different people. For some, it’s the start of a well-earned retirement; for others it’s a chance to try their hand at a new passion or hobby.
Maybe it’s an opportunity to spend more time with the family? But one thing’s for certain; old age comes with its unique challenges. So from Judi Dench to Marilyn Monroe to Emma Thompson, here are some words from inspirational people about the joys of later life.
And remember, age is just a state of mind…
First, a few motivational words from successful people
“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Old age is no place for sissies” – Bette Davis
“The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great so that everyone looks forward to it” - Emma Thompson
Some humorous old-age quotes… because you’re never too old for a laugh:
“Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end” – Sonny, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
“I have a dream, MummyJi, a most brilliant one. To outsource old age! And it is not just for the British, there are many other countries where they don't like old people, too!” – Sonny, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
On never giving in to old age…
“I don't really want to retire. I intend to go on working as long as I can because I still have a huge amount of energy” – Judi Dench
“Listen, the best advice on aging is this: What’s the alternative? The alternative, of course, is death. And that’s a lot of shit to deal with. So I’m happy to deal with menopause. I’ll take it.” - Whoopi Goldberg
“Why on earth would I want to tell people I’m 35, which I'm not, and have them say, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’ when I could tell them I’m 47, which I am, and have them look at me and go, whoa!” - Sharon Stone
“I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!” – Tina Turner
“Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you” – Marilyn Monroe
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