Lovable actress Betty White has captured hearts all across the globe, and continues to pursue her passion for entertainment at the age of 95. White holds the record for the longest television career of any female actress, spanning over 75 years, and is one of the first women in film to hold a leading role while also having a part behind the camera. This determined woman has not slowed down yet, and by the rate of her success it does not look like she’s planning on quitting any time soon.
At a young age, Betty White always loved animals and dreamt of becoming a forest ranger. Unfortunately for her, in that time it was not acceptable for women to become one. So instead, she developed a love from acting and the rest is, quite literally, history. White made her debut on a radio show after being told she was not photogenic enough to be on screen. She had the last laugh though; following her stint in radio she modelled and had her film debut in Advise & Consent in 1962. White is best known for her roles that made her a household name in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls. These have won her various awards, including several lifetime achievement awards; she was actually the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy in 1983 for her role in Just Men and the only woman to win an Emmy in every single category to date.
When Betty White isn’t accepting awards, she’s helping out her beloved furry friends. She has been advocating for animal rights for years and is actually on the board of directors for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. There is no stopping her from doing what she loves and supporting what she cares about; she inspires people all over the world to forget age as a number and continue to reach for the stars.
Here are 10 inspirational Betty White quotes that are a reminder to always move forward and never quit when it comes to something you deeply desire.
“I’m a big cockeyed optimist. I try to accentuate the positive as opposed to the negative.” – Betty White
“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 humour in our every day lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.” – Betty White
“I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun. It’s that simple.” – Betty White
“I’m having the time of my life and the fact that I’m still working – how lucky can you get? I’m 90 years old and still able to work as much as I do. That’s a privilege.” – Betty White
“Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.” – Betty White
“I know unless I’m true to myself I couldn’t be happy. Too much emphasis is placed today on externals and too little on character.” – Betty White
“I think everybody needs a passion. Whether it’s one passion or a hundred, that’s what keeps life interesting.” – Betty White
“Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself. I think that keeps you feeling young, I really do.” – Betty White
“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!” – Betty White
“You’re never too old for anything!” – Betty White
Author: Selena Doner
Selena Doner is a freelance journalist who is passionate about environmental issues, social justice, arts and culture, and travel.