How to Live to 100: 35 of the Funniest Quotes from Centenarians
Contrary to popular belief, it involves a lot of ice cream and bacon and a little bit of booze.
How many centenarians are there?
Living to 100 years old is quite the feat yet more and more people are achieving that major milestone. There are about 450,000 centenarians in the world, with the largest population—72,000—living in the United States, according to the Centenarian. How, exactly, they do it remains somewhat of a mystery. But one thing they all seem to have in common is a sharp sense of humor and a joyful optimism. We rounded up some of the funniest things these people have said about how they made it through 100+ years on this planet.
Kathy Hampton has so much energy that she needs not just one, but two, younger men to keep her busy—a fact made even more impressive when you realize she confessed this at her 100th birthday celebration, her great-granddaughter told Yahoo. The Internet couldn’t get enough of the stylish centenarian who was the belle of the ball in a sleek white dress and dark, coiffed hair. Grandmas often know a thing or two about beauty, check out these 45 beauty tips all younger people should follow.
Single 4 life
When Jessie Gallan died at 109 years old, she went out much the same way she came in: Single. And that’s exactly how she liked it. “‘My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth,” she told the Daily Mail. A longer life is just one of 8 reasons women say they love being single.
Is that what your doctor told you?
You can forget all those articles that tell you what healthy foods you need to eat to live to be 100, according to Paul Marcus, who lived to be 103. “One, you gotta have good genes,” he told the Denver Post. “Two, you gotta be god damned lucky for 100 years. And three: Try not to eat anything that’s healthy. It’s true. I eat whatever I want. The secret to longevity is ice cream.” Here’s hoping!
Sometimes it happens by accident…
Living past 100 is rare and so it makes sense that people want to know the secret to such a long life but it must get tiring to get asked that same question so many times—at least it did for Alexander Imich, who lived to 111. When asked how he lived for so long he retorted to NBC4NY “I don’t know, I simply didn’t die earlier. I have no idea how this happened.”
Now that’s a happy hour
Everyone has a favorite snack food and 106-year-old Edith Atkinson Wylie sees no reason not to indulge daily in her favorite: Bright orange, crunchy Cheetos. She loves them so much that she credits them as much as her good genes for her long life, according to Montana’s Great Falls Tribune. Find out what your favorite snack food says about you.
Truer words have never been spoken
Forget your low-carb or low-fat diets; Susannah Mushatt Jones, who lived to be 116, kept a steady diet of bacon, eggs, and grits for breakfast. She even kept a sign in her kitchen that read “bacon makes everything better,” her daughter told USA Today. Her daughter reported that Jones ate four strips of bacon every morning, sometimes tucking an extra piece into a napkin in her purse for later. Here are more uplifting quotes that will stay with you.
Just what the doctor ordered
A doctor asked Elizabeth Sullivan if she was careful to eat a healthy diet. He likely was not prepared for her answer: “I said, ‘Certainly not, I drink three Dr. Peppers a day,’ and he said, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s too much sugar. You will die if you keep drinking that,’” Elizabeth Sullivan shared with CBS news on her 104th birthday in 2015. But ten years after that conversation, it was her doctor, not her, who had died. “So I’m still drinking three Dr. Peppers a day and people said that’s bad for me but you know, not very many people live to be 104,” she said. “So I guess the sugar in the Dr. Peppers has kept me alive all this time.”
You ain’t seen nothing yet
Instead of slowing down as she got older, Sullivan said that her tenth decade of life started her best years. “I could play bridge when I wanted to, drive around when I wanted to, take trips to England or whatever I wanted to,” she said to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Inspired to start your own later-in-life adventures? Make sure you know these 8 helpful tips for seniors traveling.
Don’t save the best for last
Jones also had a fondness for fancy undergarments. “She would save her money and then go to Bloomingdale’s,’” her niece told Time. “One time, when she had to get an EKG, the doctors and nurses were surprised to see her wearing that lingerie, and she said, ‘Oh sure, you can never get too old to wear fancy stuff.’”