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.
Sounds like a smart idea to us
Morano also confessed to eating a diet of “two raw eggs a day plus some cookies,” saying that the eggs were to cure her anemia and the cookies, well, they were just for fun. She even said she would hide cookies under her pillow to prevent other people from eating them. Got a craving now? Try one of these easy cookie recipes straight from grandmothers’ recipe boxes.
Long hair, don’t care
We’re not quite sure what so concerned Adelina Domingues, who died at 114, about beauty parlors but steering clear of “vanities” certainly seemed to work for her. “She never fractured a bone,” one of her caretakers told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We never sent her to the hospital for anything. She didn’t take any medications. Her hair wasn’t even all the way gray. It was amazing.”
We’ll have what she’s having
The research may be conflicting about how drinking alcohol affects your health but Agnes Fenton isn’t bothered by science. When she was 110 years old, she told ABC7 NY that she drinks three bottles of Miller High Life and one glass of whiskey every day. She even added a glass of Johnny Walker Blue Label until her caretakers cut her off.
Isn’t it obvious?
When asked what her secret for longevity is, Fenton retorted that there isn’t any secret. “Ain’t no secret, just keep in touch with God and do the right thing, that’s all I know,” she said. She may not know but we’ll share these 50 science-backed secrets for a longer life with you.
Shaken not stirred
Andy Medema, who died at 101, preached the curative properties of vodka and vermouth. “A vodka martini a day, no cigarettes, and hard work,” he told the Chicago Tribune. Do you know what your favorite alcoholic beverage says about your personality?
Dance like no one’s watching
Dancing was an essential part of daily life for Gertrude Weber, who died in 2015 at 116 years old. She lived a clean life—no smoking or drinking for her—but she did “chair dancing” three times a week. When Time asked why she loved it so much she replied, “We chair dance because we can’t get up anymore!” Well…obviously.
Nap as needed
Another secret to Weber’s long, happy life was an ability to nap whenever the urge to sleep took her, she said. And hey, by the time you make it past 100, you’ve earned that right to nod off whenever you like! Even if you’re much younger, science has a great reason why everyone should nap.
Who needs men?
When Emma Morano died in 2017 she was the oldest living person at 117 years old. One secret to her longevity was ending her abusive marriage in 1939—and never remarrying afterward. “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she told CNN.
Hope he has a big ashtray
Richard Overton loves his cigars—so much so that when he reached 110 years old, Cigar Aficionado magazine gave him a special honor. The super-centenarian shared that he smoked more than 12 cigars a day plus downing four glasses of bourbon. Why? “It makes me feel good,” he explained.
Do what makes you happy
Overton shared that he also swore by a special diet that he called “the Overton diet.” His personal diet plan included ice cream, particularly praline pecan, every day. On a more serious note, here are some beautiful proverbs about life from around the world.