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Senior Reflections: Life Wisdom Worth Remembering

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenJuly 30, 2013

Get inspired by these sage—and famous—seniors as they discuss aging, life and lessons learned from the trials, tribulations and fun of every day existence.

Words can truly be powerful when they come from people who have experienced life. Real living—the stuff that can’t be taught—is sometimes tangible through experiences masterfully constructed into the human language. Whether they are scholars, movie stars, heroes , poets or just prominent Americans; these great individuals have interesting insight to share.

Words of Wisdom

Enjoy these stories that impart a few lessons on life from some of our favorite celebrities:

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A young friend of Albert Einstein’s proudly presented his 18 month old son to the great scientist. The child look up into the old man’s smiling face and began to howl. Einstein said, “You’re the first person for years who has told me what you really think of me.”

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

~Nelson Mandela

“Look, I don’t want to wax philosphic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.

“Everything we do in life is based on fear. Especially love.”

~Mel Brooks

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”

~Audrey Hepburn

“We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years.”

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that: It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.”

~George Carlin

“My children love my mother and I tell my children, ‘That is NOT the same woman I grew up with… That is an old woman trying to get into heaven now.”

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”

~Bill Cosby

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

“I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars… But once you get beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger.”

~Bill Gates
*(okay, Gates is only 57, but we thought his quote was worthy.)

Celebrity Senior “Tweets”

And in today’s world, of course this list wouldn’t be complete with out the Best Celebrity Tweets:

  • “Total communication equals peace.” ~Yoko Ono
  • A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat.” ~Paulo Coelho
  • “Today’s thought of the day: Find something that will whisper the full value of life.” ~David Lynch
  • “It doesn’t take a bad day to write a good song; just desire and luck.” ~Neil Diamond

Do you have inspiring senior stories to share? Or maybe you have great celebrity quotes that we’ve missed. We welcome your comments below and please share your senior stories and quotes. You can also read more great quotes in our inspirational images gallery.

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