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50 Uplifting Birthday Quotes to Make You Appreciate Getting Older

November 19, 2021

From exploring why we celebrate turning one year older to discovering birthday traditions around the world, the series “All About Birthdays” brings you fun facts about the day we all celebrate. In this article, read uplifting quotes that will make you appreciate getting older.

Birthdays are an opportunity to celebrate the ones you love. Any event that comes with parties, flowers, and gifts is a bonus for all. For some, birthdays are a reflection of past halcyon years, where every year is a chance to add to those momentous times.

When sending a birthday message, you can make them feel better about adding another year with uplifting birthday quotes from those who handle aging with grace.

Here, we provide quotes on the benefits of getting older for a made-you-smile moment.

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  1. “We are always the same age inside.” – Gertrude Stein

2. “I have known plenty of people who, in their later years, had the energy of children and the kind of curiosity and fascination with things like little children. I think we can keep that, and I think it’s important to keep that part of staying young. But I also think it’s great fun growing old.” – Johnny Depp

3. “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns

4. “To me, growing old is great. It’s the very best thing – considering the alternative.” – Michael Caine

5. “The great thing about getting older is that you become more mellow. Things aren’t as black and white, and you become much more tolerant. You can see the good in things much more easily rather than getting enraged as you used to do when you were young.” – Maeve Binchy

6. “A man growing old becomes a child again.” – Sophocles

7. “Just getting older, you stop caring what other people think, but also, you know who you are, and you know what you want.” – Sharon Van Etten

8. “I look forward to growing old and wise and audacious.” – Glenda Jackson

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

10. “It matters not how long we live but how.” – Philip James Bailey

11. “Growing old is not growing up.”

– Douglas Horton

12. “Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been.” – Jimmy Buffet

13. “The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles!” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. “Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy-five and yet not ever truly to have lived.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

15. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

16. “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional!” – Walt Disney

17. “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

18. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

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

20. “Age is something that doesn’t matter… unless you are a cheese!”- Billie Burke

21. “My face carries all my memories. Why would I erase them?” – Diane Von Furstenberg

22. “Aging is natural, and that’s going to happen to all of us… I just want to always look like myself, even if that’s an older version of myself.”- Halle Berry

23. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

– Abraham Lincoln

24. “Gravity and wrinkles are fine with me. They’re a small price to pay for the new wisdom inside my head and my heart.” – Drew Barrymore

25. “I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.”- Kate Winslet

26. “You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.” – Anouk Aimée

27. “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

28. “Aging is just another word for living.” – Cindy Joseph

29. “Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get!”- Keith Richards

30. “We don’t grow older, we grow riper.” – Pablo Picasso

31. “You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.” – Woody Allen.

32. “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

33. “It’s not how old you are. It’s how you are old.” – Jules Renard

34. “The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.” – Andrew Carnegie

35. “Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created.” – Yoko Ono

36. “I do think about aging. I have those moments of panic and vanity, but life keeps getting better, so you can’t worry about it too much.”

– Jennifer Garner

37. “When we were small children, we all played dress-up and everybody had a good time. So why stop?” – Iris Apfel

38. “It’s a privilege to get old… The reality is that I don’t look like I used to look. I just don’t care enough, and in a way, it’s saved me.”- Candice Bergen

39. “Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!” – Ingrid Bergman

40. “When it comes to aging, we’re held to a different standard than men. Some guy said to me: ‘Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock n’ roll?’ I said: ‘You’d better check with Mick Jagger’.” – Cher

41. “He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.” – Plato

42. “Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan

43. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

44. “When you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you…If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster. That’s the ultimate test of how you have lived your life.” – Warren Buffett

45. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

46. “I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.” – Virginia Woolf

47. “Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you should have always been.”

– David Bowie

48. “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

49. “Wrinkles merely mark where smiles have been.” – Mark Twain

50. “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 Iglesias


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