40th Birthday Quotes
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40th Birthday Quotes

40th Birthday Quotes - here are some of my favourite birthday quotes.

I'm including them because I always think it's useful to have short verses to:

  • write in cards

  • include in a birthday email

  • write in the front of a book or birthday gift

  • use in a speech at a party
They all mention the age of 40 in one form or another.

Let's start with a quote from Benjamin Franklin . . .

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement.

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At the age of twenty, we don't care what the world thinks of us; at thirty, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at forty, we discover that it wasn't thinking of us at all.
- Anonymous

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What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
- Voltaire

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The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men.
- Colleen McCullough

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When I passed forty I dropped pretence, cause men like women who got some sense.
- Maya Angelou

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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

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

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You're not 40, you're eighteen with 22 years experience.
- Unknown

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Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once.
- Dave Barry

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I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. 'Don't complain about growing old - many, many people do not have that privilege.'
- Earl Warren (1891 - 1974), Chief Justice

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

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And finally, for our last 40th Birthday Quote, a sentence which I know not to be true - at least not completely true!

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"

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