40th birthday means you are into the wonderful middle age of your life. It comes so quietly that you may not notice it, and makes you reflect on your life in the past 40 years. Thinking of what you have, the identity you had established and your career, family, friendship and the wisdom got from the priceless life experience, you will definitely believe that being 40 years old is such a wonderful thing. W. B. Pitkin said," Life begins at forty." Being 40 years old does not mean the end of youth and does not symbolize that you can live the rest of your life with a slower pace. You can also start a new life and face challenges, you will feel enthusiastic about your life each day! There are many 40th birthday quotes that show the beauty of middle age. Whether you are struggling with this age or not, you will find these quotes quite inspiring.

40th Birthday Quotes

Life begins on your 40th birthday. But so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.

Helen Rowland

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

—Victor Hugo

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

—Benjamin Franklin

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.


Every man over forty is a scoundrel. 

George Bernard Shaw

When I passed forty I dropped pretense, 'cause men like women who got some sense.

—Maya Angelou

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

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

You’re not 40, you’re eighteen with 22 years experience.


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.


Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.

—Edward Young

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


There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.

—Lewis Carroll

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


Quotes About Middle Age

Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.

Thomas Arnold

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

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Jack Benny

At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage.

John Andrew Holmes

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

—Aldous Huxley


Please Log In or add your name and email to post the comment.