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Maggie Kuhn Quotes

August 3, 1905 - April 22, 1995

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Maggie Kuhn is best known for her work with the Gray Panthers, a radical social activist organization raising issues of justice and fairness for older Americans. She is credited with the passage of laws prohibiting forced retirement and with reform in health care and nursing home oversight.

Selected Maggie Kuhn Quotations

• Learning and sex until rigor mortis.

• When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say.

• Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many.

• Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many.

• Old age is not a disease--it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.

• Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind -- even if your voice shakes.

• The worst indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.

• By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young.

• Men and women approaching retirement age should be recycled for public service work, and their companies should foot the bill. We can no longer afford to scrap-pile people.

• There must be a goal at every stage of life! There must be a goal!

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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