Betty White celebrates 97th birthday

Betty White celebrates 97th birthday: Her best quotes ever

Betty White celebrates 97th birthday: The comedic staple known for “The Golden Girls,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “Hot in Cleveland” is celebrating a long and bountiful life, blowing out 97 birthday candles Thursday.

But what does it take to live 97 years and still maintain the joy and grace that Betty radiates?

Here are nine things you’ll want to remember if you want to be like Betty White

From her pioneering work in the 1950s  (she was the first woman to produce a sitcom) to her scene-stealing 1970s break-though as the oversexed Sueanne Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to innocent naif Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,”  Betty has always been a sure bet.

Jan. 22 marks the television icon‘s 97th birthday. In honor of this momentous occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of the best bons mots from this unabashed vodka lover‘s nearly 70 years in the entertainment biz:

“When we started in television [in ‘Life with Elizabeth’ from 1952 to 1955], there was that magic box in the corner of the room, and ‘Oh my gosh — look what it’s doing!’”

(Betty White celebrates 97th birthday)

Attitude goes a long way

“It’s your outlook on life that counts,” White said, adding, “If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives.”(Betty White celebrates 97th birthday)

White considers herself a ‘cockeyed optimist’ and that a long life is directly related to accentuating the positive instead of focusing on the negative.

Don’t take things for granted

Betty White thinks many people “have a tendency to complain rather than celebrating who we are.”

Directly related to the first thing on our list, White said when we talk negativity and forget what is going right in our lives, we are unable to receive more good things, like love and success.

Negativity consumes 

Also related, Betty White believes we should consciously choose joy every day.

“Anger tears me up inside… My own… or anyone else’s,” she said.

“Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.”

“The bottom line is, I’m blessed with good health. On top of that, I don’t go around thinking ‘Oh, I’m 90, I better do this or I better do that.’ I’m just Betty. I’m the same Betty that I’ve always been. Take it or leave it.”

“Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.”

“I’m not into animal rights — I’m only into animal welfare and health. I’ve been with the Morris Animal Foundation since the ’70s. We’re a health organization. We fund campaign health studies for dogs, cats, lizards and wildlife. I’ve worked with the L.A. Zoo for about the same length of time.”

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