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Best 40th Birthday Quotes for Your Loved One

These 40th birthday quotes can help you celebrate with family and friends.

Turning 40 is a milestone many don’t look forward to celebrating.

Most people view being 40 as the start to entering the “middle age” phase of life. 

Many jokes come along about how your body starts to fall apart with aches and pains when you hit 40.

But the 40th birthday is something that should be celebrated.

The viewpoint of being 40 has started to shift.

Many advantages come with being middle age that can, and should be, enjoyed.

Many people learn how to be themselves when they reach this milestone birthday.

This middle age phase of life can bring more wisdom and less worrying about things from the decades before.

This is a reason to mark this major milestone birthday in your life and help friends and family members do the same. 

The following 40th birthday quotes can help you laugh, reminisce, get inspired, and celebrate the big day. 

Some of the Best 40th Birthday Quotes

These quotes will help you realize that age is just a number.

1. “Life begins at forty.” – W.B. Pitkin

2.  “Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.” – Chili Davis

3. “Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.” – Bob Hope

4. “Guys are idiots, till they’re what, 40 years old.” – Wes Borland

5. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings

6. “Middle age is when your age begins to show around your middle.” – Bob Hope

7. “At 20 years of age, the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.” – Benjamin Franklin

8. “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau

9. “The best ten years of a woman’s life are the ten years between 39 and 40” – Anon

10. “Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.” – Edward Young

Encouraging 40th Birthday Quotes

The birthday quotes show that with age comes wisdom.

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11. “The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you’ll grow out of it.” – Doris Day

12. “As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.” —Margaret Deland

13. “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” – Madeleine L’Engle

14. “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

15. At a certain age, we learned to see right through it, and that age is now.” – Anna Quindlen

16. “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

17. “You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.” – John Grier

18. “Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” – Larry Lorenzoni 

19. “Middle school is for being like everyone else; middle age is for being like yourself.” – Victoria Moran

20. “Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty.” – James Thurber

40th Birthday Quotes to Help You Celebrate

These quotes can help change your perspective about turning 40. 

21. “We don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.” – Jules Renard

22. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

23. “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka

24. “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C.S. Lewis

25. “Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.” – Eli Cass

26. “Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life – it has given me me…I have the life I longed for. I have become the woman I hardly dared imagine I would be.” – Anne Lamott

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27. “One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it’s such a nice change from being young.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

28. “If you’re 40 years old and you’ve never had a failure, you’ve been deprived.” – Gloria Swanson

29. “Getting older is fine. There is nothing you can do to stop it, so you might as well stay on the bus.” – John Byrne

30. “As I started getting older, I realized, ‘I’m so happy!’ I didn’t expect this! I wasn’t happy when I was young.” – Jane Fonda

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31. “The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

32. “The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter what they mean to you.” – Mike Love

33. “You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it.” – Mandy Hale

34. “At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us….” – Ann Landers

35. “One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it’s such a nice change from being young.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

36. “I can honestly say I love getting older. Then again, I never put my glasses on before looking in the mirror.” – Cherie Lunghi

37. “You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” – Frank Crane

38. “We don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.” – Jules Renard

39. “Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.” – Ogden Nash

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40. “When I passed forty, I dropped pretense, ’cause men like women who got some sense.” – Maya Angelou

40th Birthday Quotes with an Element of Fun

These quotes will make you laugh and help you celebrate the birthday of family and friends.

41. “Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that’ll get you home earlier.” – Dan Bennett

42. “Every year of life is a gift, even 40” – Unknown 

43. “Happy, happy, happy 40th birthday to the most amazing person I know! May your day be filled with laughter, warmth, and so much love.” – Unknown 

44. “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not here, so live today and enjoy the year.” – Unknown

45. “Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.” – Unknown 

46. “Here’s to another 40 years! I have really treasured our friendship all these years. I hope you have a fun birthday with spectacular memories that last a lifetime.” – Unknown 

47. “Being 40 is the best. You have the energy and the money to do whatever you want. Buy the toy, take the ride! Let’s celebrate your 40th!”– Unknown

48. “At 40, your idea of weight lifting is standing up.” – Unknown

49. “Happy 40th birthday! How does it feel to be the world’s oldest kid?” – Unknown

50. “Let the party begin! Happy 40th to one of the great ones. You fill our lives with happiness, and we wish you all the best.” – Unknown

Which of these 40th Birthday Quotes do you Like the Most?

Is there a 40th birthday coming up in your life or that of someone you know?

It’s something that should be celebrated instead of dreaded.

Choose your favorite 40th birthday quotes from above and share them with your family and friends.

Start your celebration by sharing your best thoughts on turning 40 with us in the comments. 

Norbert Juma, Lead Editor
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