40th Birthday Quotes
Celebrating the Entry into the Golden Years

40th birthday quotes express this wonderful middle age while making us reflect on our lives in the past four decades.

Reflection with 40th Birthday Quotes

Many famous and infamous people over the years have come up with 40th birthday quotes to honor the mark of this middle age.

Time flies quicker as we grow older. The "middle age" came quietly without us noticing it.

Some fear of getting old, while others take on gracefully and gratefully. Personally, I like to think of it as a blessing, to have lived this far and have achieved so much in life. This is the time to celebrate our blessings, enjoy the little moment from day to day, learn to forgive and forget, make more friends, take more deep breaths and, if you have not found one, find your passion!

I love how John Andrew Holmes speak about middle age, "At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage." This birthday quotes tells us that this is the age to slow our pace down, to reflect more, regret less, look forward to our future and let our soul unfold.


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The 40th birthday is a reminder of all we have accomplished and time to start planning for all we want to accomplish. Here are some of the very inspiring 40th birthday quotes.

"If you want to be happy, be."
~Henry David Thorreau

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."
~Ingrid Bergman

"Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night."
~Unknown Author

"Today is the yesterday you worried about tomorrow."
~Unknown Author

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm."
~Aldous Huxley

"Count each birthday with a grateful mind."
~Alexander Pope

"Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow."
~Margaret Fuller

"The best years of a woman's life - the ten years between 30 and 40."
~Unknown Author

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Marching onto Your Middle Age, with 40th Birthday Quotes

W. B. Pitkin once said,"Life begins at forty." We have learned many great lessons that comes with our many responsibilities and experiences over the years. Marching onto our 40s meaning taking our wisdom and pride with us into the next many years to come.

If 100 is another middle age, we are merely a baby at 40. But this baby has many advantages, far more wise(hopefully) and less tears:).

This Confucius's quotes beautifully portray the journey of growing old,

"At fifteen, my mind was bent on learning.
At thirty, I stood firm.
At forty, I had no doubts.
At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven.
At sixty, my ear was receptive to truth.
At seventy, I could follow my heart’s desires without sin."

There is a Chinese Proverb that says, "Men grow old, pearls grow yellow, there is no cure for it." Yet, it does not forget to mention that,"A diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials."

I am sure a lot of us have lived through many trials. Growing old is not fearful at all as compare to the young ones, our life experiences are priceless. Furthermore, who is old enough to know better, but still young enough to correct it ? A 40-year-old, no doubt about it.

No wonder someone says, 40th birthday does not mark the end of youth...instead they mark the mastery of youth.

There are many 40th birthday quotes that wish strength, celebrate the prosperous lifestyle, the wisdom and the fully developed character that come with this age. Whether or not you are struggling with, or mastering 40, you will find some of these quotes absolutely inspiring.

"At the age of 20, we don't care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it wasn't thinking of us at all."
~Unknown Author

"The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary."
~Arthur Schopenhauer

"Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty"
~James Thurber

"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed."
~Charles Schulz

"This wine is forty years old. It certainly doesn't show its age."
~Cicero

"If life really begins on your 40th birthday, it's because that's when women finally get it… the guts to take back their lives."
~Laura Randolph

"You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older."
~Anouk Aimee

"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is the work of art."
~Garson Kanin

"Keep true to the dream of thy youth."
~Friedrich Von Schiller

"Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come."
~Lucy Larcom

"There are days of oldness, and then one gets young again."
~Katherine Butler Hathaway

"You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely."
~Ogden Nash

"Youth comes but once in a lifetime."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


May your life be as colorful!
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Humorous 40th Birthday Quotes

Many 40th birthday quotes speak about the wisdom, maturity of middle age yet not forgetting about being humorous. After all, life is not all about being serious.

A wise person often know how to amuse himself by taking a step back, looking at his life and have a good laugh about it.

While we are celebrating this very important birthday, forget all our worries and be cheered up by these 40th birthday quotes. Let the laughter lines wrinkle up our face and have a big toast! Our 40th birthday has finally arrived....

"You've heard of the three ages of man - youth, age, and "you are looking wonderful."
~Francis Cardinal Spellman

"Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle."
~Bob Hope

"The "I just woke up" face of your 30's is the "all day long" face of your 40's."
~Libby Reid

"The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left"
~Jerry M. Wright

"Forty isn't old, if you are a tree."
~Unknown Author

"Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons."
~Eli Cass

"You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake."
~Bob Hope

"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."
~Lucille Ball

"Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest."
~Reverend Larry Lorenzoni

"The Best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once."
~H. V. Prochnow

"All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific."
~Jane Wagner

"If you want to look young and thin, hang around old fat people."
~Jrim Easoen

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