Since we’ve reached the big day, the good news is that this will conclude the weeklong series on Turning 40. I figured I might as well laugh at the situation, so I decided I’d go with a few bits of humor about one’s 40th birthday.
Harry Belafonte did a special for HBO in the mid 1980s that I still have on VHS tape somewhere (talk about feeling old!) He had this to say about 40:
“It’s where life begins, you know. Everything up until that moment…is a tryout!”
Benjamin Franklin, who was always good for a quote about something, must have encountered people stressing out about turning 40 even at the earliest days of our country:
“At 20 years of age, the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.”
Voltaire might have disagreed:
“What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.”
Sorry, Ben, but I think he’s got you there.
Victor Hugo said:
“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.”
Maybe it’s time for more levity? Here are some anonymous quotes:
The best years of a woman’s life: the ten years between 39 and 40.”
I know guys like that, too.
Forty isn’t old…if you’re a tree.
Maybe this is the best way to look at it:
I’m not 40: I’m 18 with 22 years of experience.
That one I can definitely work with!