Orange County Friends Meeting
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Costa Mesa, California

Quaker longevity

The Quaker meeting for business is not a process that commends itself to the driven ones who demand a swift decision. There is a story of a man who had been conducting a study of the longevity of different religious denominations. He was telling his friend about visiting a Quaker cemetery recently and being appalled at finding, by the birth and death dates on the small headstones, that these Quakers seemed to live longer than those of any other denomination he had come upon. His friend replied that this would not be surprising to him if he knew anything about Quakers, for it always took them longer than anyone else to make their minds up about anything!