Quotes From Celebrities on Age

Nothing but a Number: Famous Women Reflect on Turning 30, 40, 50, and 60

Getting older comes with a special set of concerns, rewards, and changes for women. This week, Olivia Wilde wrote an essay on how she's coping with — and welcoming — her upcoming 30th birthday, inspiring us to take a look back at what other notable women have had to say about their own experiences with aging. Read on for some of the most memorable quotes stars including Meryl Streep, Beyoncé Knowles, and Halle Berry have shared about their own major milestone birthdays.

On Turning 30:
“This is such a pivotal moment in my life! I’m transitioning as a woman, and I’m finally able to express myself as I am.” — Beyoncé Knowles

"You're 30: You know stuff now. Your 20s were for 'ducking up,' as my auto-correct would say, and learning from those mistakes. (For instance, never again will I convince myself that sleep is for sissies and go straight from a party to the airport. You will not 'sleep on the plane'; you'll vomit in the security line. Go to bed.)" — Olivia Wilde

"I don’t feel as shy or nervous or self-conscious. I have more confidence that I can handle what life brings me. I don’t feel scared to have an idea and express it. I feel giddy about it because it’s a complete transformation. It’s like I’ve found my voice.” — Michelle Williams

“Turning 30 was really big for me. I can get really stuck on ‘I don’t like this or that about myself.’ I’ve found that the only thing that breaks that for me is being able to spend time alone, going to the movies by myself or going to art museums alone. I do that a lot. I’ve discovered the importance of even 15 or 30 minutes a day where it is just me.” — Reese Witherspoon

For celebrities on turning 40, 50, and 60, just read more:

On Reaching 40:
“I would say a magical thing happened on when the big 40th birthday came. I felt like a light kind of just went off, and maybe that’s because I felt like at 40 I had the right to say and be who I wanted to be, say what I wanted to say, and accept what I didn’t want to accept." — Halle Berry

“I'm actually happier with my body now . . . because the body I have now is the body I've worked for. I have a better relationship with it. From a purely aesthetic point of view, my body was better when I was 22, 23. But I didn't enjoy it. I was too busy comparing it to everyone else's.” — Cindy Crawford

"I have gratitude. I know myself better. I feel more capable than ever. And as far as the physicality of it, I feel better at 40 than I did at 25." — Cameron Diaz

“When I turned 40, I was like, huh. I accept myself more now. It was much more comforting.” — Jennifer Lopez

On Embracing 50:
"The thing about 50 is that you've clearly reached a point where you have more of your life behind you than ahead of you, and that's a very different place to be in. You're thinking, 'I've done most of it.' I don't like that feeling. But it makes you evaluate your life and go, 'Am I doing what I want to do? Am I spending my time the way I want?' " — Julianne Moore

"F*ck you. I'm 50. That's what I'm going to say when I turn 50. Sorry." — Madonna

"I can't tell you how many doctors try to sell me a facelift. I've even gone as far as having someone talk me into it, but when I went over and looked at pictures of myself, I thought 'What are they going to lift?' . . Frankly, I think that in the art of aging well there's this sexuality to having those imperfections. It's sensual." — Sharon Stone

"What I've learned in this first 50 is that if you can allow yourself to breathe into the depth, wonder, beauty, craziness, and strife — everything that represents the fullness of your life — you can live fearlessly. Because you come to realize that if you just keep breathing, you cannot be conquered." — Oprah

On Celebrating 60:
“I’m very f*cking grateful to be alive. I have so many friends who are sick or gone, and I’m here. Are you kidding? No complaints!” — Meryl Streep

"Do you really expect me to say gravity hasn't taken its toll? No. But as I'm earning these lines [in my face], I'm making an aesthetic choice." — Susan Sarandon

“As you get older naked stuff [on film] gets easier. It’s more to do with the role than what men in the audience think. There’s a liberation about it.” — Helen Mirren

"Here is my biggest takeaway after 60 years on the planet: There is great value in being fearless. For too much of my life, I was too afraid, too frightened by it all. That fear is one of my biggest regrets." — Diane Keaton

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