These Betty White Quotes Prove Why She’s a National Treasure

by Allison Hambrick
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It’s more or less universally agreed upon that Golden Girls icon Betty White is pretty awesome. The national treasure turns 100 next month, and needless to say, she knows a thing or two.

To celebrate the actress, Fox News rounded up some of her best quotes. White has never shied away from honesty, and if these quotes are anything to go by, honesty is the best policy. It’s not hard to understand why she is a comedic legend when reading Betty White’s thoughts on life, beauty, and work.

While her Golden Girls costar Beatrice Arthur was known for her sarcasm, White has thrown a few barbs of her own. Her advice on getting a good night’s rest are especially humorous: “get at least eight hours of beauty sleep, nine if you’re ugly.”

Even though many of her quotes contain jokes, a number of them are inspirational. For example, White believes that “you don’t luck into integrity—you work at it.” The actress appreciates a personality-centric mentality.

“A lady likes to be complimented on her looks, her eyes, her figure,” White once said, underscoring the value of being a good person. “But the personality comments are much appreciated.”

Beyond her comments on beauty, Betty White also captures aging in both a comedic and uplifting way. The actress memorably shared a quote about aging from her mother: “The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.” 

She also had these encouraging thoughts for those struggling with getting older: “So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.”

Book Honors Betty White’s 100th Birthday

To commemorate White’s centennial, author Ray Richmond penned a novel about her 90 years in the entertainment industry. With three hit television series and countless film appearances, White certainly gave the author a lot to work with.

As opposed to the traditional memoir format, Richmond instead chose to focus on 100 specific moments in White’s life. Titled  “Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life,” the book is published by Becker & Mayer Books. Richmond was inspired to write about White because she is the perfect mix of humble and bold—a relatable trait.

“She doesn’t think she’s all that,” Richmond said. “That’s attractive to mainstream America. She knows how to measure the room and the mood better than any entertainer I’ve ever seen. And she knows her brand better than anyone. She knows her limits what lines she can cross. She does it with flair and sophistication.”

If Richmond’s comments weren’t enough of an indicator, White’s own appreciation of her popularity proves her humility.

“I got an award for everything: inhaling, exhaling,” said White. “I’ve been so spoiled rotten. I’m the luckiest old broad on two feet. Truly! I’ve always been working at something.”

As for how she’ll celebrate her 100th next month, this quote might serve as an indicator: “My philosophy for staying young is [to] act bubbly every day. Drink bubbly every birthday!”