Getting older is a natural part of life — and it can be quite a beautiful part, too. Don’t believe us? These funny, insightful, and poignant quotes for women over 50 are all the proof you need.
Courtesy of inspiring and entertainaing women such as Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey, these quotes offer a fresh perspective on what it means to be a woman of a certain age. Considering the negative language that mainstream media uses when discussing women over 50, it’s not entirely surprising that many women dread aging. It certainly doesn’t help that most of the famous female faces that get screen time on TV, in movies, and in other forms of entertainment happen to be very young. But just because not all of society has recognized the true power and influence of older women doesn’t mean that you have to feel this way, too. Inspiring quotes about women over 50 are an important reminder of that.
Can you imagine if beloved celebrities like Betty White decided to hide in the shadows just because they were no longer swimming in the fountain of youth? We can practically guarantee that the world would be quite different — and not in a good way. We’re so glad that Betty and other ladies like her have chosen to embrace getting older while encouraging other women to do the same. Rather than dwelling on the years of the past or worrying about what the future brings, most folks out there find it so much more satisfying to enjoy the here and now. Naturally, that can also include enjoying the age you’re at in the moment. Whether that means enjoying a nice cuddle with your cat, a summer playdate with your grandchildren, or doing a fun DIY art project, it always helps to have a good laugh while you’re at it. And remember, wrinkles are known as “laugh lines” for a reason.
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Dolly Parton Quote
Dolly Parton Quote on Aging
"Now, people are always asking me, 'What do you want people to say about you a hundred years from now?' I always say I want them to say, 'Dang, don't she still look good for her age?'” - Dolly Parton
Considering what a huge influence Dolly Parton has had on the country music world for nearly six decades, it’s no surprise that she knows a thing or two about lasting power. So, it seems only natural that the 72-year-old legend would would want to continue wowing as many people as possible for the rest of her life. One thing’s for sure: She just keeps getting better at making people smile every year!
Sally Field Quote
Sally Field Quote on Aging
"I've gathered strength behind my years, I owned them, I've earned them, I've deserved them, I have a right to have them." - Sally Field
The beloved actress has bravely opened up about aging in the spotlight and the responses from critics as she continues to work while she gets older. While the 71-year-old has admitted that she doesn’t like the way her neck looks, she has also embraced all the valuable experiences and lessons she's learned over the years — and she's clearly ready to keep learning and growing as a person. We can completely get behind her bold affirmations — and we might even start repeating them to ourselves in the morning.
Oprah Winfrey Quote
Oprah Winfrey Quote on Aging
“The way I see it, every year can be a brand new journey. Think about it: You get one chance to be 25, 38, 44, 61 and every age before and between. Why wouldn’t you want to experience all the wonder in each step on your path?” - Oprah Winfrey
Can’t we always count on Oprah Winfrey to deliver the perfect words of wisdom right when we need them? The iconic mogul and TV host has experienced and learned quite a bit in her 64 years of life, and we’re confident she’ll just get sharper and more insightful in the future. It’s inspiring to think of our upcoming golden years not in terms of numbers, but experiences. We don’t know about you, but we’re already getting excited to see what the next year brings.
Cher Quote on Aging
“I do think that 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
Cher has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind, especially when it comes to her passion in life: performing. Although most of us don’t sing rock ’n’ roll for a living, we can all relate to being told that we’re “too old” (or even feeling like we’re too old) to do the things we’ve always loved. It’s a good thing that we have the outspoken 72-year-old Cher to remind us that we’re never too old to make our unique mark on the world.
Joan Collins Quote
Joan Collins Quote on Aging
“I never think about age. I believe your age is totally how you feel. I’ve seen women of 35 who are old and people of 75 who are young. As long as I look after myself physically, mentally and emotionally, I’ll stay young.” - Joan Collins
The inspiring actress may be 85 years old now, but that certainly doesn’t stop her from feeling young. And who are we to argue with that? Not only does Joan Collins still look absolutely stunning, she also has an important message to share with people of all ages: Don’t let the number of years you have behind you ever slow you down or stop you from doing what you love. We also have to applaud her enthusiasm for self-care, which is something we could all use a lot of from time to time!
Ellen Degeneres Quote
Ellen DeGeneres Quote on Aging
“You're never too old to play. You're only too old for low-rise jeans.” - Ellen DeGeneres
The celebrated 60-year-old TV host and entertainer proves with her hilarious show and witty quips that it’s indeed possible to stay young at heart no matter how old you are. (We wonder if her playful personality is part of what makes her look so youthful on the outside, too?) And she makes an excellent point: Although you might not be able to wear certain things that you used to when you were younger, there’s far more important things in life than following the trends and always fitting in with the crowd. If there’s anyone that knows that well, it’s Ellen!
Stevie Nicks Quote
Stevie Nicks Quote on Aging
"When I’m 90 years old and sitting in a gloriously beautiful beach house somewhere on this planet with five or six Chinese crested Yorkies, surrounded by all my goddaughters who will at that point be middle-aged, I’ll be just as happy." - Stevie Nicks
At age 70, the rock 'n' roll legend is still rockin' and rollin' — and we're not just talking about her fantastic performances. We also can't help but admire her outlook on aging as a positive one, always emphasizing the cheerful things she sees in her future. As she told the New York Times back in 2014, she's just following her muse day by day. We'd all do well to follow her example!
Betty White Quote
Betty White Quote on Aging
“I may be a senior, but so what? I'm still hot.” - Betty White
We don’t blame you if you read the above quote in Betty White’s signature hilarious voice. From her iconic role on Golden Girls to her hysterical turn on Hot in Cleveland, the renowned 96-year-old actress has made an enormous impact on the TV and entertainment industry all throughout her impressive career. As she gets ever closer to reaching triple digits in age, she never fails to remind her devoted fans that she’s still got it. And we couldn’t agree with her more!
Diane Keaton Quote
Diane Keaton Quote on Aging
"If I wanted to be prettier, fillers, Botox, and a neck lift might help, but I think I’m past all that. My feelings come out in my face and show who I am inside in ways that words can’t express." - Diane Keaton
In a 2014 interview with AARP, the stylish actress opened up about the best ways to age with the right attitude. As you might expect, the quirky star did not disappoint. Now 72 years old, this star is shining brighter than ever before — and we think her positive outlook on getting older has a lot to do with that.
Sharon Stone Quote
Sharon Stone Quote on Aging
"It’s not like 50 is the new 30. It’s like 50 is the new chapter." - Sharon Stone
Is Sharon Stone reading our minds? The talented actress, who is now 60 years old, has a wise perspective on getting older. While other folks might try to compare their current age to a younger one, the star publicly embraced all her years of life in an interview with New You. And why not? As she points out, being over 50 is an excellent opportunity to get a fresh start in life — whatever that may mean for you.
Helen Mirren Quote
Helen Mirren Quote on Aging
"The best thing about being over 70 is being over 70." - Helen Mirren
We can always count on the witty actress to give us a much-needed reality check about the ways of the world — and this just might be our favorite one we've heard from her yet. In an interview with AARP about "breaking the rules," the 73-year-old star defied the stereotype that women dread getting older each year. If there's anyone who can reassure us that there is joy and excitement to celebrate later on in our own lives, it's definitely Helen Mirren.
Jamie Lee Curtis Quote
Jamie Lee Curtis Quote on Aging
"Aging is as natural as a baby’s softness and scent. Aging is human evolution in its pure form." - Jamie Lee Curtis
All too often, we forget that we're actually supposed to get older — that's the way life goes on this earth. It's a good thing stars like Jamie Lee Curtis are here to give us that important reminder from time to time. Now 59, the actress opened up to Huffington Post about her positive opinion on getting older. While this perspective might stand out from the pack in Hollywood, it doesn't — and shouldn't — have to anymore.
Goldie Hawn Quote
Goldie Hawn Quote on Aging
"It’s wonderful to know you’re aging, because that means you’re still on the planet, right?" - Goldie Hawn
In an interview with Porter magazine, Goldie Hawn pointed out something crucial to remember the next time we worry about aging: The only alternative to getting older is no longer being here at all. It may seem like a bold statement from the now-72-year-old, but we think it's an excellent reminder to be grateful for each and every moment. After all, none of us are promised tomorrow, so it's a beautiful thing that we get to make the most out of today.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg Quote on Aging
"If you're a person who smiles a lot, you will have more smile lines. Your wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life." - Diane von Furstenberg
In an excerpt from her book, The Woman I Wanted to Be, the world-famous fashion designer opened up about her personal take on wrinkles. Now 71 years old, the creative genius isn't shy about exploring what the visible signs of aging mean to her — and we absolutely love to hear that. Never forget: Smile lines include the word "smile" for a reason!
Halle Berry Quote
Halle Berry Quote on Aging
"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
At 52 years of age, Halle Berry is positively glowing — and the actress seems to be more radiant than ever before. We bet a lot of it has to do with her healthy outlook on getting older. As she explained to Yahoo Beauty, she not only accepts aging but embraces it as a natural part of her life. Imagine if everyone shared her wonderful point of view!
Iris Apfel Quote
Iris Apfel Quote on Aging
"I think you can be attractive at any age." - Iris Apfel
At 97, Iris Apfel is one of the most famous interior designers and fashion icons out there today. Considering her joyful attitude about getting older, it's no surprise that she's been able to find such massive success at her age. As she explained to Into the Gloss, she doesn't try to look younger than her actual age. Instead, she flaunts the age she is in ways that work well for her — and she proves she can be just as stylish as the younger folks on camera.
Sigourney Weaver Quote
Sigourney Weaver Quote on Aging
"I love being older." - Sigourney Weaver
In an interview with Esquire, the now-69-year-old actress compared being young to looking at a powerful waterfall that you can see but not fully take in. Then, she went on to explain that being older is like seeing a less intense waterfall — but one which you can take a drink from. Wow — that has to be one of the most beautiful similes we've ever heard about aging. It's no wonder why she — and other inspirational stars — love being older so much. Why not follow their lead?
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