9 Betty White Quotes On Living A Long, Productive, Hot Dog-Filled Life

“I’m the luckiest old broad on two feet.”

From The Mary Tyler Moore Show to The Golden Girls to Hot in Cleveland and beyond, Betty White has been delighting TV audiences for close to seven decades now, and she shows no signs of stopping. 

Even more impressively, the five-time Emmy winner is turning 96 on January 17. And with nearly a century of life experience behind her, White has a lot of wisdom (and wittiness) to share on the topic of living a long and productive life.


1. Stay positive

"Enjoy life," White told Parade in a recent interview. "Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, 'Hey, that was great!' It's not hard to find great stuff if you look."

2. Look on the funny side

"I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside," she told Parade. "I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It's such a waste of time."

3. Keep plugging away

"You just keep plugging away," White told Parade, adding that Hollywood execs once turned her away after deeming her un-photogenic. "You don't give up."

4. Stay busy

"I don't have time to miss much because I'm still working," she said in her Parade interview. "I just love to work, so I'll keep working until they stop asking."

5. Maintain your integrity

"You don't luck into integrity," White said in her 2011 book If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't). "You work at it."

6. Stay in the present if you’re in mourning

"One day at a time," White told Yahoo's Katie Couric in 2017, reflecting on her experience as a widow. (Her third husband, Alan Ludden, died in 1981.) "You don't look ahead. And you try not to look back." ("Of course," she added with a smile, "you can't help that.")

7. Be grateful for your health

"I keep thinking, 'Betty, you're 95 years old,' " she told Couric last year. "I'm blessed with good health and faculties. I mean, I've got memories and all that. You can't really expect that at 95. I'm the luckiest old broad on two feet."

8. Find your passions

"It's not hard to find things you're interested in," White told Couric. "Enjoy them. Indulge them. And I think that keeps you on your toes." (For example, White works with animal organizations such as the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, the Morris Animal Foundation, and Actors & Others for Animals.)

9. Exercise and eat well (if not healthily)

"I'm a health nut," White told The New York Times in 2012. "My favorite food is hot dogs with French fries. And my exercise: I have a two-story house and a very bad memory, so I'm up and down those stairs."

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