Turning 40: Laughs Galore!

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!


  1. When my dad was in his 60s, I told him regularly that he wasn’t old, especially when he said something about “feeling” or “being” old. On his 70th birthday–I was a week shy of 27, so you do the math–I told him with a completely straight face, “OK Dad, NOW you’re old!” He cracked up.

    My oldest niece turned 40 last January and is due to deliver her first baby in the next two weeks. Forty is just a number.

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