A few pearls of wisdom that can only come in the form of these Betty White quotes.
You know her. Whether it be as the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, as the Guinness World Record holder for the longest TV career of any female entertainer, or as that actress from the Golden Girls–no, not her, the other one–you’d recognize comedy’s geriatric sweetheart anywhere. (If you’re not familiar with the woman, the legend, take a break from this post and educate yourself with our last tribute to the actress then come back for these Betty White quotes).
If you live in Los Angeles, it’s also possible you know her as a zookeeper. Alongside her long career as an actress, White has explored her secondary passion profession through the Los Angeles Zoo, where her birthday is an unofficial zoo holiday. A vocal supporter of animal health and welfare, she’s worked alongside both the Morris Animal Foundation and the Los Angeles Zoo for over 50 years.
Betty White’s birthday is January 17th and she’s still hot–not in spite of her age, but by being arm in arm with it. Audiences both 60 years ago and today could attest to her unfading appeal. Her bawdy humour and upbeat attitude entertain even young audiences, as shown by this GoFundMe campaign (with 670 donors and counting) to save the actress from 2016’s wrath.
A notable side effect of being a young 94 (almost 95) is a head full of acquired wisdom. Humor, advice, and wisdom alike, here are 22 of our favorite Betty White quotes.
ON CELEBRITY LIFE
“I am still to this day star struck. I look out at this audience and I see so many famous faces, but what really boggles my mind is that I actually know many of you. And I’ve worked with quite a few… maybe had a couple… and you know who you are.”
“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.”
“Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.”
“Vodka is kind of a hobby.”
“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.”
“Oh, I don’t need sleep. I just went to my hotel room and had a cold hot dog and a vodka on the rocks.”
“When Betty White says she wants a cup of coffee you get her a [expletive] cup of coffee. You ab crunching jackass.”
ON HER ADVICE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
“Get at least 8 hours of beauty sleep. 9 if you’re ugly.”
“I don’t know how people get so anti-something. Just mind your own business take care of your own affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”
“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. 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!”
“People have told me ‘Betty, Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with old friends…’ At my age, if I wanted to keep in touch with old friends, I’d need a Ouija board.”
“Facebook just sounds like a drag, in my day seeing pictures of people’s vacations was considered a punishment.”
ON HER LIFE
“I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet.”
“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go though life without leaving any footprints.”
“Once someone has had the good fortune to share a true love affair with a Golden Retriever, one’s life and one’s outlook is never quite the same.”
“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.”
ON OLD AGE
“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.”
“I’ve always liked older men. They’re just more attractive to me. Of course, at my age there aren’t that many left!”
“My mother always used to say, ‘The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.'”
“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.
“Best thing about being in your 90s is you’re spoiled rotten. Everybody spoils you like mad and they treat you with such respect because you’re old. Little do they know, you haven’t changed. You haven’t changed in [the brain]. You’re just 90 every place else.”
“Now that I’m 91, as opposed to being 90, I’m much wiser. I’m much more aware and I’m much sexier.”
Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.