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"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage 
of opportunity and strength."

Betty Friedan
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"So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls,

why doesn't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women."

 
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."

Anonymous
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"Two of the most valuable things we have are time and our relationships 
with other people...Thinking about death clarifies your life."

Candy Chang 
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"I didn't want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking 
is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful."

Annie Leibovitz, Photographer
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"The older woman's love is not love of herself, nor of herself mirrored in a lover's eyes,
nor is it corrupted by need. It is a feeling of tenderness so still and deep and warm that
it gilds every grass blade and blesses every fly. It includes the ones who have a claim on it,
and a great deal else besides. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."
 
Germaine Greer
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“...As she grew older, she was aware of her changing position on mortality. In her youth, the topic of death was philosophical; in her thirties it was unbearable and in her forties unavoidable. In her fifties, she had dealt with it in more rational terms, arranging her last testament, itemizing assets and heirlooms, spelling out the organ donation, detailing the exact words for her living will. Now, in her sixties, she was back to being philosophical. Death was not a loss of life, but the culmination of a series of releases. It was devolving into less and less. You had to release yourself from vanity, desire, ambition, suffering, and frustration - all the accoutrements of the I, the ego. And if you die, you would disappear, leave no trace, evaporate into nothingness...”

Amy Tan
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“I'm not opposed to aging - even though society is kinder on men than women when it comes to getting old. How can I look at aging as the enemy? It happens whether I like it or not and no one is set apart from growing old; it comes to us all. Youth passes from everyone, so why deny it? I'm proud of my age. I'm proud that I've survived this planet for as long as I have, and should I end up withered, wrinkled and with a lifetime of great wisdom, I'll trade the few years of youth for the sophistication of a great mind...for however long it lasts.”

Donna Lynn Hope




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