Beautiful young people are accidents of nature. Beautiful old people are works of art.
Marjorie Barstow Greenbie, Be YourAge, 1913
This quote is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. However, concerning this quote Eleanor Roosevelt’s grandson David Roosevelt says, “Although erroneously attributed to Grandmère, it offers what might well have been her insight on friendship and her unique approach to life.”
Marjorie Barstow Greenbie was a writer, historian, and feminist who lived from 1891 to 1976. Her books include Be Your Age from which this quote was taken; My Dear Lady: Anna Ella Carroll and Abraham Lincoln, a Biography; Personality And the Diverse Methods by Which Some Men, and Here and There a Woman, Have Achieved It; and
The Meaning of Leisure.
Click here for information about the Word Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge. From the Rebirth of Lisa blog I learned that March is National Women’s History Month so this month I will use quotes from American women.
You can find links to other WCW quotes here.
[For this quote, I honor my own mother by using a photo of her to represent a beautiful old person.]