Quotes About Getting Older

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Mandy Hale
“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

George Carlin
“I was thinking about how people seem to read the bible a lot more as they get older, and then it dawned on me—they’re cramming for their final exam.”
George Carlin

Kim Gruenenfelder
“There comes a moment in your life when you realize that no matter how hard you try, you're never going to be fluent in Spanish. Or go on that African safari you've read about since you were a kid. Or be as excited as you used to be about catching fireflies. I keep trying to find my answer to life - and it gets more elusive the older I get.”
Kim Gruenenfelder, A Total Waste of Makeup

Anne Lamott
“Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life - it has given me me . It has provided time and experience and failures and triumphs and time-tested friends who have helped me step into the shape that was waiting for me. I fit into me now. I have an organic life, finally, not necessarily the one people imagined for me, or tried to get me to have. I have the life I longed for. I have become the woman I hardly dared imagine I would be.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

Ted Hughes
“You solve it as you get older, when you reach the point where you've tasted so much that you can somehow sacrifice certain things more easily, and you have a more tolerant view of things like possessiveness (your own) and a broader acceptance of the pains and the losses.”
Ted Hughes, Letters of Ted Hughes

Colin Cotterill
“He put his hand on his forehead and scoured the French department of his memory for a word. He knew it was in there. He'd put it in almost fifty years before and hadn't had cause to remove it. But for the life of him he couldn't find it.”
Colin Cotterill, The Coroner's Lunch

“Believe in your future and your future will believe in
Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel, Psychology of Friendship for Leadership

Tyler Perry
“I put a thong on a few months ago trying to be sexy. I've been looking for it but ain't seen it since.”
Tyler Perry, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life

J.M. Coetzee
“His mind has become a refuge for old thoughts, idle, indigent, with nowhere else to go. He ought to chase them out, sweep the premises clean. But he does not care to do so, or does not care enough"(72).”
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace

Jennifer Egan
“So this is it ⎯ what cost me all that time. A man who turned out to be old, a house that turned out to be empty.”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Stephen King
“In the fifties... when they had their summer parties - there were always different colored lanterns on the lawn... and I get the funniest chill. In the end the bright colors always go out of life, have you noticed that? In the end, things always look gray, like a dress that's been washed too many times.”
Stephen King, Dolores Claiborne

Toba Beta
“Getting older makes you no wiser,
but number of lessons that learned.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Núria Añó
“The land of easy mathematics where he who works adds up and he who retires subtracts.”
Núria Añó

“When I grow up I want to be an old woman.”
Michelle Shocked

Gregory Maguire
“Those times are over and gone, and good-riddance to them, too. We were hopelessly high-spirited. Now we're the thick-waisted generation, dragging along our children behind us and carrying our parents on our backs. And we're in charge, while the figures who used to command our respect are wasting away.”
Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Anna Quindlen
“.. at a certain age we learned to see right through it, and that age is now.”
Anna Quindlen

Gabrielle Zevin
“She is seventy, and she believes you try new things or you may as well die.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Naomi Jackson
“Maybe this is what growing old was like, she thought. Maybe the world gets smaller and smaller until there's nothing but the walls around you to show you where you end and the rest of the world begins.”
Naomi Jackson, The Star Side of Bird Hill

Michelle Franklin
“There is a very great difference between older and old, the former being desirable and the latter being inevitable.”
Michelle Franklin

Anthony Marra
“There's nothing quite like the sight of two dozen half-naked octogenarians. We enter the stage of life as dolls and exit as gargoyles.”
Anthony Marra, The Tsar of Love and Techno

Morton Shaevitz
“You might be on the back nine of life, but it's good to finish strong.”
Morton Shaevitz, Refire! Don't Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

Kim Dong Hwa
“You can hide things from the world, but you can never hide things from time.”
Kim Dong Hwa

Gary Lutz
“You get tired of always wondering anew why life has to take the place of youth.”
Gary Lutz, Divorcer

Ron Brackin
“What I like best about cell phones is that I can talk to myself in the car now and nobody thinks it's weird.”
Ron Brackin

Ashton Applewhite
“My first interview was with eighty-eight-year-old folk artist Marcia Muth… ‘Your life does change as you get older,’ she told me. ‘You get into what’s important and what’s not’.”
Ashton Applewhite, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

June Shaw
“The bride's getting ready to toss her bouquet, so get me up there! Mom said the day after she turned 96.”
June Shaw

Thomas Pynchon
“One by one they are being picked off around him: in his small circle of colleagues the ratio slowly grows top-heavy, more ghosts, more each winter, and fewer living... and with each one, he thinks he feels patterns on his cortex going dark, settling to sleep forever, parts of whoever he's been losing all definition, reverting to dumb chemistry...”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Dan Groat
“One of the worst things I’ve learned about getting older is that there seems to be more change that you don’t like than there was when you were younger and you can’t do nothin’ about it.”
Dan Groat, An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy

“Getting older is a question of coming to terms with the fact that you’ll never know the secrets; and the resulting equilibrium is what gives the illusion of actually knowing them.”
Paul Shepheard, How to Like Everything: A Utopia

N.K. Jemisin
“The body fades. A leader who would last relies on more.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

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