People Who Achieved Success later in Life

It is old age rather than death that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is a parody of life, whereas death transforms life into a destiny. In a way, death preserves life by giving it the absolute dimension--"As unto himself eternity changes him at last". Death does away with time.

There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life,and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence meaning - Devotion to individuals, to groups or to causes,social, political, intellectual or creative work - One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love,friendship,indignation,compassion.. - Simone De Beauvoir, "The Coming of Age"

Never Too Old To Succeed in Life Quotes

Forty is the old age of youth,fifty is the youth of old age ~ Hosea Ballou

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made.
~ Robert Browning

I truly believe that age, if you're healthy -- age is just a number.
~ Hugh Hefner

As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping out minds active and open. ~ Clint Eastwood

And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain,
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain.
I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and ev’ry highway,
And more, much more than this. I did it my way.
~ Frank Sinatra, My Way

Old Age (Haiku)

The sun is shining
merry go round at the park
granddaughter laughing

A twisted ankle
old man doing ballroom dance
no more cha cha cha

Alzheimer's disease
car waiting, angry horn blares
grocery list, lost

Sitting in the park
old couple watch the sun set
a pair of love birds

Old woman stares out
through a window,world looks in
children not coming

Pearly gates open
the old geezer bids his time
a mule, hems and haws


"One is never too old to succeed in life"

Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses)

Was a renowned American folk artist.Grandma Moses first came to public attention in 1940, at the age of 80. She began painting in her seventies after abandoning a career in embroidery because of arthritis. Her work is called primitive art, it has a simple and clear style...she had no formal training. She painted in a natural way,drawing from her memory and capturing American rural life

Grandma Moses viewed her art as something she enjoyed doing, not understanding why people paid such high prices for her pictures.Paintings which she first sold for about $5 later were sold for $8,000 to $10,000. In November 2006, her work "Sugaring Off", became her highest selling work at $1.2 million. Enjoying phenomenal success,she was honored by presidents and governors.Several books have been written about her. A "Grandma Moses Day was proclaimed in New York and she appeared on the cover of Time and Life magazines and on millions of greeting cards.. A U.S. commemorative stamp was issued in her honor in 1969.She lived to be 101 and in the last year of her life painted twenty-five pictures

"Painting's not important. The important thing is to keep busy"

"I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done and I am satisfied with it.

"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be"

"If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens"

Harry Bernstein

By the time he was 24 he had published a short story in a magazine.That was in 1934. He would then face the rejection of more than 40 novels over seven decades before he achieved literary success again. At the age of 96, Harry Bernstein published his memoir "The Invisible Wall".He wrote the manuscript for the "Invisible wall" when he was 93 as a way to deal with his memories and the loneliness he felt after his wife of almost seven decades,Ruby passed away from leukemia in 2002.

Spending his nights alone thinking of her as well as his rough childhood,the book deals with the anti-semitic and bigotry his family suffered while he was growing up in a Lancashire mill town in north west England.The strength of his prose has often been compared to the works of D.H.Lawrence and Frank McCourt.He has published two more books.The Dream and The Golden Willow. he recently celebrated his 100th birthday on May30,2010 and is now working on a fourth book.

"I realized then why I had failed in writing novels,because I turned away from personal experience and depended on imagination"

"I indulged in the luxury of writing when I felt like it,just as when you are hungry you sit down and eat a meal"

"If I had not lived until I was 90, I would not have been able to write this book,God knows what other potentials lurk in other people,if we could only keep them alive well into their 90."

Nola(Hill) Ochs

On May 14,2007 became a Guinness World Record holder as the world's oldest college graduate.The 95-year old graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas 77 years after she first started taking classes.She earned a general studies degree with an emphasis in history,graduating alongside her granddaughter who was 21 years old at the time.

She always loved learning,but got a little sidetracked."I live on a farm.I was a mother,grandmother,great grandmother."I had plenty to do.But the yearning didn't go away.So after her husband died in 1972,she started taking correspondence course again. slowly plugging away at her Bachelors Degree.She then spent the last year in a dorm for non-traditional students working on her general studies degree.

"I came here with no thought of it being an unusual thing at all. It was something I wanted to do. It gave me a feeling of satisfaction."

"I plan to seek employment on a cruise ship going around the world as a storyteller"

"It's been the Lord's will that I've lived this long life,and I thank him kindly for it"

MAY 12,2010
Ninety-eight year old Nola Ochs will receive a master's degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas on Saturday.
Ochs(Oaks) of Jetmore, set a short-live record in 2007 when she received her bachelor's degree. A 96-year old man in Taiwan broke the record last year.
Ochs says she intends to apply for a job as a graduate teaching assistant in Fort Hays' history department for next spring.

George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum)

Actor,comedian,writer. His career spanned almost the entire 20th century. At the dawn of recordings, movies and television,he was one of the pioneers who helped invent modern show business.

From vaudeville,he was able to make the transition to modern show business by keeping his act current with the times.Achieving legendary status,he could still get in there and mix it up. After the death of his beloved wife Gracie, he started appearing in movies again. He also did one-man shows to pack houses,getting better as he got older. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys at the age of 79, the oldest recipient for that award(in this category)

Approaching his eighties, he decided to start putting his wit and wisdom down on the printed page. The man who barely finished the fourth grade ended up writing eight books - all of them best sellers including a marvelous tome of the love of his life, entitled Gracie: A Love Story.

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."

"I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty"

"I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate"

"Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed"

"First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down"

"I love to sing,and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch."

"Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous.When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.

"You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there.

"You can't help getting older,but you don't have to get old"

"How can I die? I'm booked"

Use it or lose it ~ intellectual health is possible if you continually use your mind and brain.Whether one is 60 or 90, "People can still achieve success late in life."

Philosophy for Old Age by George Carlin

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

A brilliant topic and article on what one may achieve in life at all ages, showing that folks can be miracles of God. Peace, 50

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Old age is still amazing to me. I am entering it and the wonder of it is simply stunning. It feels to me like starting a new life over all together. It has a life of it's own, style, character and grace. Not to much disturbs me anymore, I take life one day at a time knowing there is not a dam thing I can do about life changing events other than to watch them go by. I know my memory will start to go and eventually I to will forget to pull up my zipper, now that's scary:0) Thanks for the great read SilentReed you chose some brilliant people to highlight here. Peace

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ggerner 6 years ago

Such great inspirations. I'm a late bloomer myself, and believe strongly in trying new things. Making mistakes is simply a stepping stone to success, and part of the path of finding happiness in life.

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

This is a terrific hub! I'd love to be doing a Master's degree in my 90s. Learning is what keeps the mind not only well occupied, but open. Thank you! I feel like a kid now :)

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DevinCo 6 years ago

This is a good reminder to not let life pass you by. Great examples here.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

50 caliber ~ The value we give our life is shown by how we spent it.Thank you for reminding us that we should spent it wisely. peace 50.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

saddlerider1 ~ I hope when I am old I can face old age with that kind of equanimity and not forget to pull down my zipper. :) Thank you for your comments.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

ggerner ~ Thank you for your comments. One of my reason for joining Hubpages is a long delayed desire to give wings to my writing. It is never too late.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks SilverGenes, amazing what the mind is capable of if one has the desire. Our elders have so much more to give....if we let them.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

DevinCo ~ Thank you for your comment. I agree, we should always be reminded not to waste each precious moments of our life.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Old age - whatever that is - surely must be a state of mind when mind loses its grip on being a state of life! I find each year a new challenge, beginning & adventure. Of course I was almost literally born once again at age 40 when I reclaimed my remains, learned to drive, even learned to drink (well - not that it's so great but most people learn it in their teens & 20s! - LOL. I always had mastery of written words but it was then I found my voice and overcame most of my shyness and stage fright. I regained my courage, too.

So looking at it from that landmark, I'm '30-something' now - haha.

But it wouldn't matter - how one feels and performs sets the only limits! The passage of years simply supply more material to work with!! :-)

If anything - timelessness begins as soon as one realizes there are no real limits.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

I must confess Nellieanna, you are the one that inspired me to make this hub. It first started with my attempt at writng Haiku.It quickly expanded into researcing about people who achieved success in later life. There are so many and their stories are so inspiring ! Their lives a living testament to Man's undaunted spirit.

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masmasika 6 years ago

Amazing hub. I just loved it and fall in love with your hub. Old age is perhaps the best time to experience what life is really like. Great.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

masmasika ~ Thank you for your kind comment. If ever I reach old age (What age is that?) with all life's problems and heartaches, I hope I will have the wisdom and composure to thank God for all he has given me.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

This is more then good it is brilliant. You did pick a wonderful subject to write about and most beautiful people to write about within it. I so enjoyed this write of yours. Thank you! :D

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Sa`ge ~ Aloha and thank you for your kind comments. Old age should never be considered a handicap or barrier in our continuing pursuit of the things that make our lives meaningful. Reading their stories is an awe-inspiring experience by itself.....and an eye opener.

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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

"What will I do with the rest of my life?" Been asking that same question again and again, until I found this hub. Old age never gives me fears, because sooner or later, it will catch me even if I keep on running away from it. So I just walk in happy strides and try to age gracefully mulling over my past and hopeful still of the future. This hub gives me inspiration to be so. Thank you.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Lita C. Malicdem ~ Old age is just a state of mind. It should not be a basis for what we can do or cannot do in life. We must not accept it as a limitation or barrier. Life is too precious and we must live it to the fullest whether we're 9 or 99 years old. Thank you for your comments.

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"Quill" 6 years ago

There is great wisdom in our seniors once we slow long enough to listen. We are blessed today to be able to tap into this resource.

Blessings and Hugs

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Quill ~ How true and yet how sad that we fail to appreciate this gift from our elders. The pain and sufferngs they had to go through before learnig life's basic truths. And Yet We take them for granted and sometimes even consider them incapable of lucid thinking.The saying "throwing pearls before swine" comes to mind.And I too have been guilty.

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

I love this hub! What a great idea. What's funny is I've had to slow way down at the ripe age of 35, because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although, it hasn't been a bad thing. Sometimes I curse getting "older", but mostly I've adapted and learned to push myself more, from within, and take up different hobbies. I am lucky to enjoy and view life as a senior, but still be in my youth. The irony is we live in a society that wants to look younger and discover the fountain of youth, but that's just like trying to cheat death- it is going to happen. This hub shows getting older isn't about laying over and giving up then dying. The older people you featured did the opposite- what inspiration!

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

izetti ~ Arthritis can be very debilitating. SilverGenes hub on Arthritis offer new information on treatments. Western medicine tend to emphasize quick relief whereas eastern philosophy on health give geater weight on prevention.Tai chi is a life long practice. You may also want to look into Ayurveda practices.Hope this helps.

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

I just read silvergenes hub on it and i am taking her great advice.thanks again.

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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

This si a brilliant hub and I was gripped from the word go!! Thank you so much for sharing and I cannot wait to read some more of you work. take care SilentReed.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Eiddwen ~ Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. As a grandmother pursuing her passion of writing while living and loving to life's fullest. You certainly have much to impart to the young. this hub was inspired by people like you.

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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

Great hub.

Grandma Moses lived about an hour from my home when I when I was a child. My mother admired her work and spoke of her often.

George Burns has always been one of my favorite people. He and Gracie had a wonderful television show I enjoyed in the 50's, and he was "a trooper" his entire life.

I am about to turn 61 in about a week and hope participating in hubpages is something I'll be doing about 40 years from now!

BTW, your poems were worthy of a hub of their own...each saying so much with so little.

Well done.


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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Christopher Price~ George Burns is also one of my favorite actor. Sometimes when I get discourage in my pursuit of a writing career I like to reread this hub. It say's to me "hey you can do it, you can make it happen !".

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Ashantina 6 years ago

What an empowering article! These wonderful human beings have proved that its will NEVER be too late to pursue your dreams. I recently wrote a hub about v inspiring lady by the name of Ernestine Shepherd who totally blew me away with her dedication and discipline.

These types of people are my roles models. Sooo glad I found this post. Fantastic hub! :)

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Ashantina ~ Thank you for your comments. What is truly amazing is that where people much younger than them would have given up,They never did nor let their age become a detriment in the pursuit of their dreams.

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fatgrammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

Out of everything I could have picked of yours to read this is PERFECT! I am having a hard time facing getting older and I do not know how to do it gracefully for my heart is still 18!I am facing age discrimination lookiing for a job and here you have proved that age does not stop learning and doing. I wish young people knew this.

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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines Author

fatgrammy ~ As I approach my senior years.I look back and see many things that I wish I could have done differently yet there are many things that I am grateful for. And in the balance the good far outweigh the bad.I look forward with eagerness and the anticipation of a sprinter at the starting block for what lay ahead in life.Thank you for the read as I look forward to reading more of your articles. God Bless.

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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

Well SilentReed, this hub certainly gave me a much needed kick in the pants! While I haven't reached my senior years, I admittedly feel at times that there can't be more in store for me, beyond what I'm doing, which at most times is nothing! Thank you for the reminder that...IT AIN"T OVER TIL' IT'S OVER!!!

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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines Author

imatellmuva ~ Hello and thanks for stopping by.A kick in the pants is too drastic.Perhaps a gentle nudge or a tap on the shoulders? :)

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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

You're very kind! ;D

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

What an astute hub! The later in life one experiences success the better the person is able to handle it properly. With age comes experience and wisdom and the ability to really appreciate the success you have achieved. My credo is "it's never too late." It's never too late to do anything in life you want to do. "There is always tomorrow." "Great things happen to those who wait."

We live in a reality show world and everyone thinks fame and fortune have to happen now and in a hurry. It doesn't. It is better savored the latter it comes.

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SilverGenes 4 years ago

This is a terrific hub! Now I'm all fired up again. Sometimes it seems as if there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done but then I have to get off the hamster wheel and get my priorities straight. I'd like to paint again if for no other reason than to experience the pure joy of colour and creation. Thank you for the reminder!

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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines Author

suzettenaples ~ I share in your observation the pitfalls that early success without experiencing failure can bring. One either becomes arrogant and soon loses the competitive edge or becomes a flash in the pan; the transient success fading into the past. We have also been condition to believe that growing old becomes a barrier to developing our talents any further.

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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines Author

SilverGenes ~ Hi Alexandra! I know the feeling; the daily grind on the hamster wheel :) We wake up one morning realizing that because of the need to earn a living and support our family, we forgo that part of our aspiration for artistic creativity. I have enjoy the artistry of your poetry and photography. I am happy for you that you have decided to take up the brush again and look forward to another experience of the visual art of SilverGenes.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I loved this, glad I came across it.

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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Jackie Lynnley ~ Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

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