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25 Quotes Highlighting the Value of Older People

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One of the many places we see the value of older people is in their mentoring of the young.

One of the many places we see the value of older people is in their mentoring of the young.

By 2026, three in ten workers will be between the ages of 65 and 74, and more than one in ten will be age 75 or older, according to recent research by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition to their productivity in the workplace, our older folk display their value in their helpful volunteer efforts at church and community organizations, in their mentoring relationships with younger persons, and in their nurturing input toward the raising of their grandchildren. While we struggle to care for those who suffer from ill health and disabilities, let us appreciate those who are still assets in our homes and communities.

The following 25 quotes aim to highlight the ways in which our older folk prove themselves valuable. They deserve their space and all the honor we bestow upon them.

Advice

1. "Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example." —Francois de la Rochefoucauld

2. "Talk to grandparents and every elderly people you come across because later, they will talk and you will listen. Hear them, they are God's last messengers." —Bhavik Sarkhedi

3. "It's important for older people to record their own thoughts and memories, but it's really critical for younger people to ask them for them, and not just for stories, but for guidance and practical advice for living." —Karl Pillemer

4. "Chance words spoken in kindness often help amazingly; and that's what old people are here for —else their experience is of little use." —Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott, American novelist

Louisa May Alcott, American novelist

Good Company

5. "I used to love to sit and listen to the old people talk about yesterday. There's a lot of good information there." —Curtis Mayfield

6. "I just really love hanging out with really old people. They're the best dinner dates you could ever have. All that life experience and understanding." —Mischa Barton

7. "Older adults tend to tell more interesting stories about the past... They’ll include interesting details that bring listeners into the story with them. They also can pull from a trove of experiences younger people don’t have, simply because they’ve lived longer." —Life Care Services

8. "If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life." —Margaret Mead

Mentorship

9. "When I was a child, I loved old people. My New Hampshire grandfather was my model human being." —Donald Hall

10. "Contrary to widespread beliefs that older populations consume resources that would otherwise go to youth, there is growing reason to think that older people may be just the resource children need." —Laura Carstensen

11. "Combine nursing homes with nursery schools. Bring very old and very young together: they interest one another." —John Cage

12. "From birth to death, anyone can fish. I just think it's fantastic to see old people going fishing with young people and teaching them things." —Rex Hunt

13. "You know, 'The Golden Girls' was a very unusual show . . . It was a show about old people and it was a very traditional show, but it was also an amazing training ground for a joke-writer. It forced me to learn those skills." —Mitchell Hurwitz

Intuition

14. "When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see." —Chinua Achebe

15. "What the elders see while sitting the young ones standing on their toes won't see." —African Proverb

Ruby Dee, actress, poet, and civil rights activist

Ruby Dee, actress, poet, and civil rights activist

True Beauty

16. "When we are young, we have the face and figure God gave us. We did nothing to earn our good looks. But as we get older, character becomes etched on our face. Beautiful old people are works of art." —James Simpson

Productivity

17. "The thing is, if you’re 55 years old, you might be in the workplace for another ten, fifteen, even twenty years." —Cal Halvorsen

18. "I find that older workers take the job more seriously. People who have endured pain in the past feel they have to prove themselves and get validation from their job." —Richard Aviles

19. "If someone says to you, 'Go to an old-folks' home,' that's kind of ridiculous, because a lot of old people are doing terrific things for society."Myron Scholes

20. "Figures from the Family and Childcare Trust (UK) report that 2.3 million grandparents say that they look after their grandchildren to enable the children's parents to go to work." —Sarah Johnson

Wisdom

21. "Treasure the wisdom of old age. Learn from elder people and be wise." —Lailah Gifty Akita

22. "Some old people keep young at heart in spite of wrinkles and gray hairs ... and can hide wise lessons under pleasant plays, giving and receiving friendship in the sweetest way." —Louisa May Alcott

23. "We chose younger and younger politicians to lead us because they looked good on television and were sharp. But really we should be looking for wisdom, and choosing people who had acquired it." —Alexander McCall Smith

24. "It is gracious to have old people full of vitality and endowed with wisdom in our society." —Lailah Gifty Akita

25. "When you get rid of all the older people, you get rid of all the wisdom." —Terraine Francois

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Comments

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on March 09, 2021:

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Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 09, 2021:

Thanks, Audrey. The grand kids add spice to our lives, and they are blessed to have you around.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 09, 2021:

Thank you, Tamara. I am glad when readers get some benefit from my articles. You encourage me.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 08, 2021:

I love sharing memories of my childhood with my children and grandchildren. It's good for me, and for them. I always want to be an example of love. I think we make a greater impression by how we live than by what we say, though both are ideal.

How wonderful to see this beautiful article and read inspiring quotes.

Thank you, and blessings of good health and peace to you.

Audrey

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on March 07, 2021:

Your posts are always relevant and beneficial to everyone, Doris. This is another gem. ♥️

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 06, 2021:

Good for you, Mary. Their childhood is blessed because you are part of their lives. Your seniors years are blessed because they are part of your life. Enjoy each other, going forward.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 06, 2021:

I am one of the older people now in the family and I do feel appreciated. the grandchildren like hanging-out with me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Lucky you, Rachelle. I met my two grandmothers, but my great grandmothers left before I got here. That must have been special. I hope with you that you'll meet them again.

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on March 05, 2021:

My favorite quote is the one by Curtis Mayfield. I used to LOVE to sit and listen to my grandmother and great-grandmother, there was such wisdom there! Boy do I miss those two, I can only hope that some day we'll meet again.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Misbah, thanks for agreeing with the article. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 05, 2021:

It's a superb article

It is very important to discuss this serious issue in society

I see youngsters not giving respect to elders and it is disheartening

The elders are full of wisdom

They have learned a lot from life

They deserve to be cared and loved

Thanks for sharing these beautiful quotes

Blessings

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Brenda, we share the same hope. Grumpy old people scare the young ones from wanting to become old, but since no one can prevent it, why not make the golden years as much fun as possible?

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 05, 2021:

Ms Dora,

I find that some of the most interesting people are older than myself.

The stories they can tell me. They share wisdom I wish I had known while I was a wee bit younger, but nonetheless great.

I love this quote,

Some old people keep young at heart in spite of wrinkles and gray hairs ... and can hide wise lessons under pleasant plays, giving and receiving friendship in the sweetest way." —Louisa May Alcott

I hope that I can always be young in spirit.

Nice writing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Thanks, Peggy. Sounds like you had a very happy childhood. I think that their input into the grandchildren's lives is what make older people really valuable.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Devika, I'm agreeing with you. Thanks for your kind comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Bill, I'm doing well, thanks. Enjoying the aging process and looking out for my fellow oldies. Blessings on you, too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

What a blessing, Ann. You seemed to have had the best of your grandparents and now your grandchildren are having the best of you. That's the good life. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Manatita, thanks for making me smile. As always you leave me feeling encouraged.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2021:

It was such a privilege to grow up with both sets of grandparents nearby. We also got to know several of our great aunts, and great uncles, and one great-grandmother whom we called Granny. I loved spending time with them and hearing their stories. This collection of quotes is excellent!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 05, 2021:

Dora very important to society and the older deserve it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 05, 2021:

I reckon this is for me. As much as I want to deny it, 72 qualifies me as an older person. Loved the quotes. I hope this finds you well, my friend.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 05, 2021:

I wrote a hub about asking our parents and grandparents questions about their lives and their opinions. It's so important. Fortunately, I have a good set of photos of mine and I know quite a lot about them, but there are still questions I wish I 'd asked them.

My grandchildren ask me all sorts and are genuinely interested in my replies. I enjoy spending time with them and I help so that their parents can go to work. The best part is that they make me feel younger, they give me a fresh outlook on life and they say it how it is - great to see the innocents' take on life around them!

Super quotes, Dora! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Ann

manatita44 from london on March 05, 2021:

Loved these quotes, Dee. There's so much to learn from the old! A charming selection and done well. Of course our Hearts, yours and mines, are only 7-yrs old. Praise be!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Thanks, Umesh. I especially your opinion.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Thanks, Rosina. The quote you choose is like the sum total of their value in our homes and societies. Long live the wise, older folk!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangada. What an advantage we had, growing up in the company of our older folk! We benefit forever from their input into our lives.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Thanks, Flourish. It's true. I grew up with my grandmother, and your comment makes me think about her.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 05, 2021:

Good compilation.

Rosina S Khan on March 04, 2021:

Dora, it was nice to read all the quotes about the value of the older people. My most favorite one is the very last one:

25. "When you get rid of all the older people, you get rid of all the wisdom." —Terraine Francois

Thank you so much for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 04, 2021:

Words of wisdom in your well compiled article about the elderly people.

I liked all the quotes, but no. 3 and 12 needs special mention.

I completely agree that, we should learn and benefit from the vast experiences of our elders. Having spent lot of quality time with my grandfather and other elderly people, makes me think so.

Thank you for sharing this excellent article.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 04, 2021:

It’s so important to value the wisdom that comes with age. Many older adults are fantastic storytellers and are very happy to tell their tales and impart words of wisdom to anyone will to listen.

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