"Madam C.J. Walker was born in 1867, two years after the civil war ended. She was a daughter of a slave. She had no formal education. Both her parents died by the time she was seven. Yet, by the time she died in 1919 at age 51, she was one of the most successful businesswomen America had ever seen."
"Twenty is a tough age because it slips past in the middle of so much else - university, gap year, leaving home, getting jobs."
"I only published my first novel at the age of 40. Till then, I wrote short stories."
"When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory."
"The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long."
"Brain power improves by brain use, just as our bodily strength grows with exercise. And there is no doubt that a large proportion of the female population, from school days to late middle age, now have very complicated lives indeed."
"My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias."
"I was famous from the age of 13, and after a while you become immune to it - in a good way. You look at positives and what you can do with it."
"I read my first book on Woodrow Wilson at age 15, and I was hooked."
"My brother Joseph, who is 14 years older than me, was already on his national military compulsory service when I was 4 years old, the age from which I remember myself."