15 Inspiring Celebrity Quotes on Ageing

Age is, after all, just a number. 

Paris Women Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 - Louis Vuitton - Arrivals

“I don’t feel as shy or nervous or self-conscious. I have more confidence that I can handle what life brings me. I don’t feel scared to have an idea and express it. I feel giddy about it because it’s a complete transformation. It’s like I’ve found my voice.” — Michelle Williams

14th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball Sponsored By Audi, Kayne Anderson, Lauren B. Beauty And Z Gallerie - Arrivals - Los Angeles

“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.” —Sharon Stone

NY: 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit 'China: Through The Looking Glass' - Arrivals

“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.” — Helen Mirren

Youth red carpet

“I just think that things get easier as you get older and wiser and more experienced. You get more confident about who you are as you get older. I find that really comforting.” — Rachel Weisz

Entertainment Weekly 2015 Comic-Con Celebration

“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.” — Jamie Lee Curtis

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

“I’m actually happier with my body now… because the body I have now is the body I’ve worked for. I have a better relationship with it. From a purely aesthetic point of view, my body was better when I was 22, 23. But I didn’t enjoy it. I was too busy comparing it to everyone else’s.” — Cindy Crawford

PBI: 17th Annual Moet British Independent Film Awards

“The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great, so that everyone looks forward to it.”  Emma Thompson

Premiere Dark Places

“Women, in our society, are compartmentalized so that we start to feel like we’re cut flowers and after a while we will wilt. I realize now that’s not the case – we can celebrate every age. That’s my encouragement to 20 year olds who are terrified of getting older: Don’t have a nervous breakdown and don’t hit the Chardonnay too hard. Getting older is not that bad.” — Charlize Theron

2014 Glamour Women of The Year Awards

“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.”  — Jodie Foster


“I don’t want to be vain or fearful, and I don’t think I’ll do anything [in terms of plastic surgery], but if I want to do something, I will. From my perspective, there’s no reason to be afraid of ageing, because if you age, you’re lucky! The alternative is death.” — Drew Barrymore

NBCUniversal Vanity Fair Party

“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 I’ve gotten more comfortable with the unknown.” — Lauren Graham

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

“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.” — Debra Messing

Heifer International's 3rd Annual Beyond Hunger: A Place At The Table Gala

“I take comfort that aging happens to everybody. It’s part of life. Yes, it bothers me when I have lines or puffiness or droops. But it connects me with the human race. Just like the weather is the great equalizer, so is aging.” — Diane Lane

The 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Red Carpet

“We live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we are not young, and we’re not glowing, and we’re not hot, that we don’t matter. I refuse to let a system or a culture or a distorted view of reality tell me that I don’t matter. I know that only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life. Every year should be teaching us all something valuable. Whether you get the lesson is really up to you.” — Oprah Winfrey

The Pink Party '12

“Honestly, there’s certainly a mourning that takes place. I mourn the young girl, but I think that what replaces that is a kind of a liberation, sort of letting go of having to hold on to that. Everyone knows you’re 50. So you don’t have to worry about not trying to look 50.” — Michelle Pfeiffer


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