Life Advice From Distinguished Older Gentlemen

A selection of life lessons taken from men who've put a few miles on the clock and have learned the hard way. Because they should know, right?

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As you get older, you're not afraid of doubt. Doubt isn't running the show. You take out all the self-agonising.
Clint Eastwood, Director

A wise man, Ray Price, told me recently that there's one thing he's learned in life. In fact, he called me on the phone to tell me this, and I said, "What is it?" He said, "Money makes women horny."
Willie Nelson, Musician

I can give advice to my boys, not my daughters. I say to them, when you are in love affairs and sex, make sure you clench it in the fist of your mind, so you remember it later. It becomes very important in your late fifties and early sixties; you spend quite a lot of time in the past, thinking of those moments. I know people my age who can't remember being in love, or girls they got off with and had a great time with, it sort of blurs. So I instruct the boys; it's like a pension for when they're old.
Martin Amis, Writer

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Life is not all high emotion. Some of the most interesting things are when it's not highly emotional: little details of relationships and body language.
David Attenborough, Naturalist

As you get older, younger people think you know where it's at. But it's a forlorn hope, because everybody's growing up at the same time, you know?
Keith Richards, Musician

What you are thinking about, you are becoming.
Muhammad Ali, Boxer

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At its best, life is completely unpredictable. Christopher Walken, Actor

My father would say, "Do the best you can. And then to hell with it." He always looked at the effort grade rather than the final grade.
Ted Kennedy, Politician

No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. So what if my stroke left me with a little speech impediment? Moses had one, and he did alright.
Kirk Douglas, Actor

It's been said that you can't understand anybody unless you understand their sexual life. A lot of people are frightened by that. Not me.
Tony Curtis, Actor

Some people should never get married. Not everyone has that combination of dependency. You're leaning on somebody, and the desire to support somebody else, it just doesn't exist in some people.
Arthur Miller, Writer

My wife, whenever I'd go off to work and I'd be kind of anxious, she'll say, 'Remember, have fun.' Oh, I forgot, thanks for the reminder. Because sometimes we do forget. We take it all too seriously and there's a lot of joy to be had wherever you are.
Jeff Bridges, Actor

You have to create your life. You have to carve it like a sculpture.
William Shatner, Actor

I can tell a young person where the mines are, but he's probably going to step on them anyway.
Burt Reynolds, Actor


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