23 Quotes to Make You Feel Better About Getting Older

They say with age comes wisdom, kindness, confidence, and ease. Allow these inspiring quotes to keep you focused on the silver lining of your golden years.

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1. It all adds up

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” —Madeleine L’Engle, American writer

2. You own your mindset

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” —George Burns, American comedian, actor, and musician (Check out these inspirational quotes from the world’s funniest comedians.)

3. Let your skin get tough

“Why are people afraid of getting older? You feel wiser. You feel more mature. You feel like you know yourself better. You would trade that for softer skin? Not me!” —Anna Kournikova, professional tennis player

4. The hard truth

“If you’re not getting older, you’re dead.” —Tom Petty, American singer (Discover the little-known facts about the greatest songs of all time.)

5. The good news

“The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter what they mean to you.” —Mike Love, American singer

6. Time to relax

“The good thing about getting older is that, as you become less attractive, you have less desire to go out and conquer everyone you see.” —Julian Clary, comedian

7. Acceptance is key

“I can honestly say I love getting older. Then again, I never put my glasses on before looking in the mirror.” —Cherie Lunghi, actress

8. The best part

“I’m just getting older and better.” —Neal Schon, guitarist (Here are the shortest famous quotes in history.)

9. Just keep going

“Getting older is fine. There is nothing you can do to stop it so you might as well stay on the bus.” —John Byrne, writer

10. Let it go

“Why would I worry about getting older—what’s to moan about?” —Dawn French, writer

11. Take it all in

“I think women should start to embrace their age. What’s the alternative to getting older? You die. I can’t change the day I was born. But I can take care of my skin, my body, my mind, and try to live my life and be happy.” —Olivia Munn, actress

12. Feel the bliss

“As I started getting older, I realized, ‘I’m so happy!’ I didn’t expect this! I wasn’t happy when I was young.” —Jane Fonda, actress (Check out 20 Incredibly Inspiring Oscar Acceptance Speech Quotes!)

13. Enjoy the ride

“Getting older and having kids, you learn how to become less serious about it all.” —Lena Headey, actress

14. More beauty shows

“That’s another great thing about getting older. Your life is written on your face.” —Frances McDormand, actress

15. Let yourself shine

“I wish I was 100-per cent confident in my own skin. It’s always a process, but getting older, I’ve become more confident.” —Brittany Snow, actress

16. The best is yet to come

“I love getting older! I really believe that a woman doesn’t reach her peak until her 40s.” —Evangeline Lilly, actress

17. Learn as you go

“I have a great curiosity to see new things, but not to own them. It’s very peaceful this way, and one of the nice things about getting older.” —Lee Radziwill, socialite

18. It all works out

“I like getting older. When you’re in your 20s you’re really forging for your future. Things take shape later on.” —Crispin Glover, actor

19. Savour it all

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” —Ausonius, poet

20. Free your thinking

“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” —Satchel Paige, baseball player

21. The stinky bit

“Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.” —Luis Bunuel, filmmaker

22. Stay alive

“Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.” —George Sand, writer

23. See the beauty

“Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” —Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, writer

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest