With an estimated 10,000 baby boomers retiring daily in the next decade, the topic of aging is bound to come up often with clients. Instead of shying away from the topic or using euphemisms, face it head on with wit, humor and wisdom.
Here, we have lassoed a roundup of funny quotes from celebrities, authors, politicians, philosophers — just about anyone who has spoken about aging, really — along with some inspirational words that distill years of experience into concise kernels of truth. Read, enjoy, share with your clients — and if you have others that top your list, let us know in the comments section below.
The recipe for immortality
“The boomers will eventually have to accept that it is not possible to stay forever young or to stop aging. But it is possible, by committing to show up for others in community after community, to earn a measure of immortality.”
– Eric Liu
What is aging, really?
“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”
– Maya Angelou
I can sleep when I am dead … but I’m not that sleepy …
“You spend 90 percent of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last 10 percent trying to convince the Lord that you’re actually not that tired.”
– Robert Brault
Waiting a lifetime…
“I had to wait 110 years to become famous. I wanted to enjoy it as long as possible.”
– Jeanne Louise Calment (1875-1997)
(From Psychology Today)
Why are snowballs so heavy?
“The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”
– Doug Larso
A chocolate a day keeps the wrinkles away?
“I’m pretty sure that eating chocolate keeps wrinkles away because I have never seen a 10 year old with a Hershey bar and crow’s feet.”
– Amy Neftzger
No one likes socks
“I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.”
– Albert Einstein
(From Psychology Today)
You’ve made it …
“We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it.”
– Frank Howard Clark
What about MSG?
“Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.”
– Robert Orben
Calling a plastic surgeon …
“Maybe it’s true that life begins at 50. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.”
– Phyllis Diller
Out of sight, out of mind
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
– Henry Ford
Never give up, never surrender …
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
– Samuel Ullman
“I’m like old wine. They don’t bring me out very often, but I’m well preserved.”
– Rose Kennedy
A poet’s perspective …
“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”
– Robert Frost
Death … not today, not today
“From my perspective, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you’re lucky! The alternative is death.”
– Drew Barrymore
Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
“Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.”
– François de La Rochefoucauld
Is there an app for that?
“By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.”
– George Burns