Betty White Quotes

Betty Marion White Ludden

Betty White quotes: on longevity, humor, health, mourning, and more.

“Don’t look back on something and say, ‘Gee wasn’t that great, I didn’t realize it at the time.’  Realize it as you go along.  Taste it for what it is now.  So, everything isn’t sweetness and light.  You get some bad times, too.  But, by appreciating and celebrating the good stuff, you can handle the bad stuff better.  And sometimes, you wonder how did you get this lucky, you’re going to owe it down the line somewhere along the line, but enjoy it now while it’s happening.”

“I think everybody needs a passion.  Whether it’s one passion or a hundred, that’s what keeps life interesting.  If you live without passion, you can go though life without leaving any footprints.”

“Everybody should have or cultivate a passion.  Don’t be afraid to really get hooked on something, because that will refurbish your energy.  It will refurbish your interest.”

“You don’t luck into integrity.  You work at it.”

“It’s your outlook on life that counts.  If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives.  And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”

“Many people have a tendency to complain rather than celebrating who we are.”

“We do have a tendency to complain rather than celebrating who we are.  I learned at my mother’s knee it’s better to appreciate what’s happening.  I think we kind of talk ourselves into the negative sometimes.”

“I try to accentuate the positive as opposed to the negative.”

“Don’t try to be young.  Just open your mind.  Stay interested in stuff.  There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about, but I’m still curious about them.”

“First of all, keep busy and don’t focus everything on you.  That wears out pretty fast.  It’s not hard to find things you’re interested in, but enjoy them and indulge them.  And I think that keeps you on your toes.”

“I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun.  It’s that simple.”

“Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself – I think that keeps you feeling young.”

“Friendship takes time and energy if it’s going to work.  You can luck into something great, but it doesn’t last if you don’t give it proper appreciation.  Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it – don’t take it for granted.”

Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”

“Those that just talk are also the ones that say, ‘Why don’t they do this?’ and ‘Why don’t they do that?’  Well, they’re they.  We’re all they, and we can all do a little something.”

“If one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble.”

“It’s important to laugh as much as you can in life.”

“I think older women still have a full life.”

“[On aging] You know people who are already saying, ‘I’m going to be 30 – oh, what am I going to do?’  Well, use that decade!  Use them all!  Make the most of it.”

“I’m a health nut.  My favorite food is hot dogs with French fries.  And my exercise: I have a two-story house and a very bad memory, so I’m up and down those stairs.”

“Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep.  Nine if you’re ugly.”

“You gotta use everything you possibly can!”

“If one is lucky enough to be blessed with good health, growing older shouldn’t be something to complain about.  It’s not a surprise, we knew it was coming – make the most of it.  So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.”

“One thing they don’t tell you about growing old – you don’t feel old, you just feel like yourself.  And it’s true.”

“[On handling grief] There’s no formula.  Keep busy with your work and your life.  You can’t become a professional mourner.  It doesn’t help you or others.  Keep the person in your heart all the time.  Replay the good times.  Be grateful for the years you had.”

“I’m a teenager trapped in an old body.”

“Retirement is not in my vocabulary.  They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.”

“It’s been phenomenal, but everybody keeps congratulating me on my resurgence and my big comeback.  I haven’t been away, guys.  I’ve been working steadily for the last 63 years.”

“I’ve been so blessed with luck, and with the wonderful people that I’ve worked with.  And one thing kind of led to another, down the years.  I never take it for granted, and I never fail to appreciate it.”

“Why retire from something if you’re loving it so much and enjoying it so much, and you’re blessed with another group of people to work with?  Why would I think of retiring?  What would I do with myself?”

“The bottom line is, I’m blessed with good health.  Being blessed with good health gives you the strength, and loving what you do… is a privilege that keeps you going.  On top of that, I don’t go around thinking, ‘Oh, I’m 90, I better do this or I better do that.’  I’m just Betty.  I’m the same Betty that I’ve always been.  Take it or leave it.”

“I happen to be blessed with loving what I do for a living.  I love acting and I’m so fortunate to be able to work in this business.  And I get these marvelous letters about how encouraging it is to see someone making the most of their time and still enjoying it.”

“Little did I dream that I would be here and it’s incredible that I’m still in this business, that you’re putting up with me.  It’s incredible that you can stay with a career this long and still have people put up with you.  I wish they did that at home!”

“I had no idea that I would still be around at this point for one thing, but that I’d still be privileged enough to still be in this business.  And it is such a privilege.  And the bottom line I think to the television business is that unless you’re a real bad egg, it is such fun.  It really is.  Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“I have no regrets at all.  None.  I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet.”

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