Quotations From MAGGIE KUHN


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  • Old age is not a disease—it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.
    Maggie Kuhn (b. 1905), U.S. civil rights activist, author. quoted in New Age (Feb. 1979).

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  • Being sixty-five ... became a crossroads. We said, We have nothing to lose, so we can raise hell.
    Maggie Kuhn (b. 1905), U.S. senior rights activist. As quoted in The Great Divide, book 2, section 6, by Studs Terkel (1988). On the effect of forced retirement (now illegal in the United States for most employee categories).
  • By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young.
    Maggie Kuhn (b. 1905), U.S. senior rights activist. As quoted in The Great Divide, book 2, section 6, by Studs Terkel (1988). Kuhn was the grand convener of the Gray Panthers, a militant organization that advocated the rights of the elderly.

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  • 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.
    Maggie Kuhn (b. 1905), U.S. civil rights activist, author. "Gray Panthers Versus Ageism," Ms. (New York, July 1973).

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  • People who have had power, when they become powerless, are really tragic.... We just allow ourselves to be conditioned by a society so we become as important as we're supposed to be.
    Maggie Kuhn (b. 1905), U.S. senior rights activist. As quoted in The Great Divide, book 2, section 6, by Studs Terkel (1988). Kuhn was the grand convener of the Gray Panthers, a militant organization that advocated the rights of the elderly.

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