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“You had to decide: Am I going to change the world, or am I going to change me? Or maybe change the world a little bit, just by changing me? If I can get ahead, doesn't that help my people?”
“Everybody is always after us to get a phone. We hate phones! ... if the phone company installed a phone for free and paid for a man to stand there and answer it for us, seven days a week, we still wouldn't want a phone!”
“The world is a puzzling place today. All these banks sending us credit cards ... Imagine a bank sending credit cards to two ladies over a hundred years old! What are those folks thinking?”
“[On her 101-year-old sister and herself, at 103:] We have a lot to do ... People don't understand this. They think we're sitting around in rocking chairs, which isn't at all true. Why, we don't even own a rocking chair.”
“Life is short, and it's up to you to make it sweet.”
“Have your own doctor, who answers to you. If you don't, when the time comes that you get mixed up with hospitals, they'll treat you like a fool. ... You're bound to lose your health at some point, but you don't have to lose your dignity, too.”
“... we don't feel that we're 105 and 103 — we feel half that old! Even after a century of living, we haven't tried everything. We've only just started.”
“As long as you can see each day as a chance for something new to happen, something you never experienced before, you will stay young.”
Sadie Delany, U.S. educator
(1889 - 1999)
Full name: Sarah Louise Delany.