Aging Gracefully Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old aging gracefully quotes, aging gracefully sayings, and aging gracefully proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.     

Abigail Van Buren

People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.     

Albert Einstein

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.     

Anais Nin

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.     

Andrew Carnegie

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.     

Arthur Wing Pinero

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.     

Audrey Hepburn

Life's tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.     

Benjamin Franklin

Old age is no place for sissies.     

Bette Davis

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?     

Bob Marley

Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.     

C. S. Lewis

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.     

Chili Davis

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it's up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.     

Coco Chanel

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.     


Life is beautiful, so long as it consuming you. When it is rushing through you, destroying you, life is gorgeous, glorious. It is best to roar away, like a fire with a great draught, white hot to the last bit. It's when you burn a slow fire and save fuel that life's not worth having.     

D. H. Lawrence

We are not victims of aging, sickness, and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.     

Deepak Chopra

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all.     

Doris Lessing

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!     

Dr. Seuss

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.     

Eckhart Tolle

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great, so that everyone looks forward to it.     

Emma Thompson

I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.     

Eric Roth

If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.     

Eubie Blake

Age isn't how old you are but how old you feel.     

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.     

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.     

George Bernard Shaw

I hope you have lost your good looks, for while they last any fool can adore you, and the adoration of fools is bad for the soul. No, give me a ruined complexion and a lost figure and sixteen chins on a farmyard of Crow's feet and an obvious wig. Then you shall see me coming out strong.     

George Bernard Shaw

Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit. And spirit can enter a human being perhaps better in the quiet of old age and dwell there more undisturbed than in the turmoil of adventure.     

George Santayana

We are always the same age inside.     

Gertrude Stein

For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.     

Hasidic Saying

Anyone who stops learning is old — whether this happens at twenty or at eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young but becomes constantly more valuable — regardless of physical capacity.     

Henry Ford

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.     

Jack Benny

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.     

Jimmy Dean

Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.     

Joan Collins

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.     

John Allen Paulos

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.     

Joseph Campbell

I don't see why there should be a point where everyone decides you're too old. I'm not too old, and until I decide I'm too old I'll never be too fucking old.     

Lemmy Kilmister

It behooves me to remember as I advance in age that death is an inevitable part of the life cycle rather than a medical failure.     

Lisa J. Shultz

It has been my face. It's got older still, or course, but less, comparatively, than it would otherwise have done. It's scored with deep, dry wrinkles, the skin is cracked. But my face hasn't collapsed, as some with fine feature have done. It's kept the same contours, but its substance has been laid waste. I have a face laid waste.     

Marguerite Duras

It is not how old you are, but how you are old.     

Marie Dressler

You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.     

Marie Stopes

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.     

Mark Twain

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things.     

Morrie Schwartz

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.     

Muhammad Ali

It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available-more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more.     

Thich Nhat Hanh

Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.     

Pope John XXIII

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my ears meet.     

Rita Rudner

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 hands who saith, "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; Trust God; see all nor be afraid.     

Robert Browning

It's never too late to have a fling for autumn is just as nice as spring and it's never too late to fall in love.     

Sandy Wilson

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.     

Satchel Paige

The best part about being my age is in knowing how my life worked out.     

Scott Adams

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.     


I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.     


And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!     

Audrey Hepburn

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.     

Betty Friedan

Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.     

Clint Eastwood

No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else.     

Katharine Graham

Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that.     

Eartha Kitt

Aging gracefully is one thing, but trying to slow it down is another.     

Courteney Cox

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

Sophia Loren

Women sit or move to and fro, some are old, some young. The young are beautiful - but the old are more beautiful than the young.     

Walt Whitman

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent--that is to triumph over old age.     

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Older women are like aging strudels - the crust may not be so lovely, but the filling has come at last into its own.     

Robert Farrar Capon

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.     

Kitty O'Neill Collins

There is an anti-aging possibility, but it has to come from within.     

Susan Anton

The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.     

Eric Hoffer

It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.     

Arnold Palmer

Aging gracefully is supposed to mean trying not to hide time passing and just looking a wreck. Don't worry girls, look like a wreck, that's the way it goes.     

Jeanne Moreau

I'm not an aging gracefully type. But I do believe in aging with grace.     

Danielle Steel

Aging is not an option, not for anyone. It is how gracefully we handle the process and how lucky we are, as the process handles us.     

Cindy Mcdonald

Everyone will be old. We must grow old gracefully whoever we are.     

Kazeronnie Mak

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

Lynsay Sands

Aging is an inevitable process. I surely wouldn't want to grow younger. The older you become, the more you know; your bank account of knowledge is much richer.     

William Holden

You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.     

George Bernard Shaw

It is not a question of how old you are, but a question of how you are old.     

Jules Renard

The more candles on my cake, the more exercise I get blowing them out.     

Donna Lynn Hope

If it seems as though things are under control, you're not going fast enough.     

Mario Andretti

Wrinkles only show where smiles have been.     

Mark Twain

Age is not how old you are, but how many years of fun you've had.     

Matt Maldre

If wrinkles must be written on our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.     

James Garfield

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.     

Henri Frederic Amiel