15 Inspiring Celebrity Quotes on Aging Well

In honor of our 15th anniversary, we dug deep into the MORE archives and pulled out a few of our favorite celebrity quotes about aging fabulously

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Joan Collins, June 1999

“I never think about age. I believe your age is totally how you feel. I’ve seen women of thirty-five who are old and people of seventy-five who are young. As long as I look after myself physically, mentally and emotionally, I’ll stay young.”


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Diane Keaton, July/August 2001

”Even though all these obstacles keep coming at you, you just have to keep going through them. Because it’s worth it to do something in your life, as opposed to fantasizing about doing something.”

Photograph: Ruven Afanador

Susan Sarandon, February 2002

“Now, as I move through my fifties, I can be professional and domestic, creative and intellectual, patient and urgent. I have learned that we should never settle for someone else’s definition of who we can be. Growing to this age, I realize, is kind of like feeling your voice deepen. It’s still your voice, but it has more substance, and it sounds like it knows its own origins.”

Photograph: Fabrizio Ferri

Diane Lane, March 2006

"I take comfort that aging happens to everybody. It’s part of life. Aging offers great lessons in dignity, since the indignity wins in the end. Yes, it bothers me when I have lines or puffiness or droops. But it connects me with the human race. Like weather bringing people together, aging brings people together."

Photograph: Andrew Southam

Sharon Stone, December 2006/January 2007

"You grow. You don’t want to stay the same. The thing that was great for you before isn’t going to be great for you now. A woman should have many faces through her life, not just one face, not just one hairdo, not just one way. You want to keep rediscovering what’s fun for you."

Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

Helen Mirren, April 2008

“When you’re 16, you think 28 is so old! And then you get to 28 and it’s fabulous. You think, then, what about 42? Ugh! And then 42 is great. As you reach each age, you gain the understanding you need to deal with it and enjoy it."

Photograph: Lorenzo Agius

Jamie Lee Curtis, July/August 2008

 “Fifty is a big corner to turn. It used to mean being put out to pasture, but it’s the opposite with me. I feel more vibrant; I’m more active than I’ve ever been. The F-word really is freedom. It’s the freedom to have dropped the rock—the rock of addiction, of family, of comparisons with other people. It’s being fit and focused and kind of furious.”

Photograph: Andrew Eccles

Lisa Kudrow, December 2008/January 2009

"At 45, you know what you're doing, but you're still not done."

Photograph: Peggy Sirota

Emma Thompson, February 2009

"The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great, so that everyone looks forward to it."

Photograph: Lorenzo Agius

Robin Wright Penn, September 2009

“I think I’ve always been a follow-the-leader with my career, or maybe waiting for things to happen. Now I'm like, ‘I'm OK—I know the direction, whoever’s on board can go with me.' "

Photograph: Ruven Afanador

Jodie Foster, October 2010

“I’m not interested in being perfect when im older. Im interested in having a narrative. It’s the narrative that’s really the most beautiful thing about women.”

Photograph: Peggy Sirota

Jane Lynch, November 2010

“For many, many years, I was always whipping up things in order to keep myself busy and moving ever forward and saying, ‘What’s next? What’s next? What’s next?' I like the equanimity that comes with my age. I don’t have big highs, and I don’t have big lows. Even if this job goes away tomorrow, the nonstop ambition is a thing of the past for me. I've mellowed"

Photograph: Martin Schoeller

Queen Latifah, December 2011/January 2012

"I don't have any regrets. If I could have talked to my 19- or 20-year-old self, I would have said, 'You're going to be fine. It ain't that serious!' "

Photograph: Peggy Sirota

Lauren Graham, May 2013

“I’ve spent a lot of time wondering, What's going to happen? What's going to happen? I try not to allow myself to do that much anymore. I think ive gotten more comfortable with the unknown."

Photograph: Peggy Sirota

Debra Messing, June 2013

“As scary as change can be and as much as I might resist it, there's always some unkown gift that comes out of it. I really never thought you could begin again. You can.”


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