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Funny Quotes About Aging, From Lucille Ball to Bob Hope

Gray hair and wrinkles might not feel like much to joke about, but when it comes to aging none of us are immune, so sometimes the best thing we can do is laugh. With older age comes wisdom, experience, and perspective — three things that can help us recognize how important it is to look on the brighter side. While we’re all destined to grow old (if we’re lucky), maintaining a positive attitude can help our outlook stay fresh and youthful. Like George Burns once said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” Here, we’ve rounded up 14 funny quotes about aging that can serve as inspiration to keep a light heart even as the birthdays pile up.


Age is something that doesn't matter unless you are a cheese.
— Luis Buñuel, Spanish filmmaker

Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better.
— Ingrid Bergman

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
— Ashley Montagu, British-American anthropologist

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
— Lucille Ball

No one is as old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
— Henry David Thoreau

You know you’ve reached middle age when you’re cautioned to slow down by your doctor, instead of by the police.
— Joan Rivers

It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.
— Andy Rooney

My mother always used to say, “The older you get, the better you get. Unless you're a banana.”
— Betty White

I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do.
— Phyllis Diller

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
— Truman Capote

My face carries all my memories. Why would I erase them?
— Diane Von Furstenberg

I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.
— Bob Hope

I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.
— Albert Einstein

Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
— Groucho Marx

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