131+ Happy 40th Birthday Messages and Quotes

Here’s your resource for sending out great happy 40th birthday messages to colleagues, friends, and family. This list includes birthday wishes of all types – including positive, meaningful, and humorous messages for a fabulous fortieth birthday.

We’ll start off with the best of the best as selected by the Poet’s Panel.

Best happy 40th birthday messages

1.) Lordy, Lordy, look who’s 40!

2.) You are not 40. You are eighteen with 22 years of experience.

3.) Fierce, fabulous and forty!

4.) Fabulous at forty.

5.) 40 is four perfect 10’s.

6.) Warmest wishes for a very happy 40th birthday.

7.) 40 isn’t old if you’re a tree.

8.) Cheers to 40 years!

9.) You’re 40 years old? You’re 4 perfect 10s! Happy birthday.

10.) Happy birthday. It took you 40 years to look this good!

11.) Congratulations on your 40th birthday.

12.) You’re not 40. You’re 29.95 plus shipping and handling.

13.) You make 40 look good.

14.) Wishing you a very happy birthday! Life begins at forty.

15.) The first 40 years of childhood are always the hardest.

16.) 40… More fun than two 20-year olds!

17.) 39 was so last year.

18.) Wishing you a truly fabulous day.

19.) Here’s to maturing like a fine wine. Happy 40th birthday!

20.) 40 is fine when you look 29.

21.) Many happy returns on your 40th birthday.

22.) 40 is the new… what was I saying?

23.) It is scientifically proven that people who have more birthdays live longer.

24.) I’m not over the hill, I’m over the mountain.

25.) This is my second time turning 20.

26.) I’m forty-licious!

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27.) May all the dreams you’ve ever had in the last 39 years start to be fulfilled on your 40th birthday!

28.) With so many wonderful accomplishments under your belt, I am sure that you hold no regrets up to this point in your life. Celebrate this beautiful milestone. Happy 40th birthday!

29.) Happy birthday! Hoping your 40s will feel incredibly new and exciting like your 20s — only doubly so!

30.) Being 40 means that you have experienced enough to know what you want and are still young enough to go after it. I hope that you acquire everything that you pursue!

For Friends

31.) Life’s milestones are not supposed to be counted, they’re supposed to be celebrated. Happy 40th birthday.

32.) Even though you are forty, being young is a state of mind. Free yourself of tomorrow’s worry and today’s frets by loving today for all it offers you. Happy birthday on your 40th.

33.) 40 is a limitless age. You have many options to choose from. My birthday wish is that you explore all of them and choose what is best for you.

34.) A piece of advice to a friend on your 40th: try to be someone that will make your friends say, hey, that’s how I want to be when I’m forty. It’s the best way to stay young forever. Happy birthday to someone who makes 40 look like 20. Congrats.

35.) They say inside every older person is someone younger thinking: what happened!? For you, the right thing happened. Older looks good on you. Happy 40th birthday.

For sister

36.) So, I was just wondering… how old should we tell everyone you are this year? I don’t think anyone would believe that you’re turning 35 again for the fifth year in a row. Happy 40th Birthday!

37.) Happy Birthday to a person whose effervescence extends beyond your 40th! The liveliness of your demeanor is a perfect example of eternal youth!

38.) Congratulations on the 24th anniversary of your 16th birthday! Here’s to many more.

39.) Happy birthday! You simply look amazing. In all fairness, start aging like a normal person and give the rest of us a break.

40.) Can you believe it? You have made it through 40 years of hardships, heartbreaks, and challenges. Only a strong person could have made it this far with a smile on her face. Happy birthday.

41.) May your makeup conceal your wrinkles, may your hair dye not fade, may this be the first of many 40th Birthdays!

42.) Here’s how you really know you’re forty: when Facebook is just another means to spy on your kids. Happy 40th birthday.

43.) 40 is when you finally get your head together but your body has other ideas. Happy birthday!

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For brother

44.) You were the coolest 30-year-old I know and now you will be the coolest 40-year-old ever. Stay groovy. Happy 40th birthday!

45.) And remember you’re not 40, you’re 18 with 22 years’ experience.

46.) Happy 40th birthday! The older you get, the younger you look for your age. At this rate, you’re going to soon start getting carded at bars and casinos.

47.) The older I get the more I realize if you think about how old you are it only makes you feel older. So today don’t do too much thinking. Just be. Happy 40th…. Oops. I mean, happy birthday. That’s all.

48.) Even though you’re older than you were yesterday, you are still younger than you’ll be tomorrow. Happy 40th birthday. Make every day count, youngster.

49.) If there is one thing that’s great about turning 40, it’s this: you can blame anything and everything on having a midlife crisis. Congrats and happy birthday.

50.) Congratulations! You’re officially a grown up! They say that the first forty years of childhood are tough—kudos to you for making it through. Happy 40th birthday, to my brother who just joined adulthood.

51.) Today is your 40th Birthday! See? I thought of you. You’re welcome!

52.) When all you say starts with “when I was younger” you know you’re in the forties. Sorry, kiddo.

For coworker

53.) You are now 20 more years until that sweet pension; 20 more years away from your unlimited vacation and freedom from work. Awesome fortieth birthday!

54.) There’s a bright side to hitting 40. It’s definitely better than the alternative — turning 41. Have a happy 40th!

55.) You’re not getting old, you are just getting better—forty years worth of better. That’s pretty amazing.

56.) Happy 40th Birthday! Your qualities of being honest and strong are inspiring! May the abundant years that await you, hold more chances to urge others to productivity!

57.) May the fact that you have multiple years to obtain what you desire embolden you! May your 40th birthday light a fire within you that can never be quenched!

58.) Holy crap! You’re how old? No way—you don’t look a day over thirty one. Have a stellar 40th!

59.) So I hear it’s your ten-year anniversary of being born – times 4. Congrats and Happy birthday!

60.) If life was a piece of cake we’d have no need to celebrate birthdays. So even though you’re forty I’m glad we can eat cake now and not feel guilty. Happy birthday.

61.) Who is that old man sitting next to me? Oh, it’s you! Happy 40th Birthday!

62.) They say the real secret to staying young is to just lie about your age. So how old are you really? I guess we’ll never know—anyway, happy 40th (air quotes) birthday.

Positive and inspirational 40th birthday messages

63.) Forty is fun, fabulous, and absolutely fantastic. It’s your time in the sun. Have fun this fortieth. Indulge your sense of humor and have a great birthday!

64.) Happy birthday! Even at 40, you look half your age. You should really bottle up and sell whatever you’re doing to stay so incredibly young-looking.

65.) Life is a book and your forties are the chapters when it all starts making sense. Happy 40th birthday.

66.) On your 40th Birthday, may you honor the youthful quality that you possess of viewing life with enthusiasm and initiative!

67.) Age matters little when you make every day shine a little brighter. That’s what you’re good at doing. Happy 40th birthday to the best person I know.

68.) Let your 40th birthday consists of the vivacity that is within you! Let the sincerity and aspirations of this day persevere!

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69.) It has taken 40 years for you to mature to the point you are now. You have been aged to perfection.

70.) Turning 40 is the start of a new phase in your life! You will bring a fresh approach to all that you do, indicating that the best is yet to come!

71.) All I know is that today you are so hot you are, how should I say it…. FORTY-LICIOUS! Yeah, that’s it.

72.) 40 is a remarkable age! The way in which things take place are always fresh and without an end! May the surprises you discover always be pleasant!

73.) Turning forty is not as bad as they say – it means your awesome, cool, smart, and hip, times forty! What could be bad about that? Happy 40th!

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Meaningful 40th birthday messages

74.) Turning 40 is a celebration of life, a milestone of achievements, wisdom, and adventures. Look how far you have come. Congratulations! Happy Birthday!

75.) Sure, your 30s are over. Good riddance, I say. The 40s are going to be so much better…in every way. So enjoy your 40th!

76.) I hold your 40th Birthday in the highest regard! I look forward to witnessing the countless events that I know you will be a part of where you will share your warmth, humor, and goodness!

77.) Life holds so many wonderful experiences, that they don’t stop at a particular age. On your 40th Birthday, remember that there is still so much to see, do, and wish for!

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78.) Every birthday contains a moment that sets the tone for that year. Your 40th birthday differentiates from all others, because there are multitudes of moments, representing how bountiful your life will be, beyond the date of your birth.

79.) Happy birthday, make your every day of your life meaningful and enjoying, take care.

80.) Your 4th decade is still a short period of time in your existence. May you use this day to envision all of the places that you wish to travel to, and believe that it is possible!

81.) By this time in your life, you have touched so many lives and led a good example to those around you. Stay bright and inspiring. Best fortieth birthday.

82.) When you turn 40, get out of your comfort zone to fulfill a dream you’ve always had. That’s how you can make your life really begin at 40.

Funny and humorous happy 40th birthday wishes

83.) 40 is not over the hill. It’s not even the top of the hill. It’s actually all uphill from here. If you don’t believe me, try running up an actual hill. Good luck!

84.) Here’s hoping you will be able to blow out all the candles on your cake, fast enough to prevent a fire! Happy 40th Birthday!

85.) Turning 40 may not get you everything you expect but it will certainly give you a spare tire around your waistline. Let the good times roll. Happy 40th birthday.

86.) Wishing you a very happy 40th birthday. And remember, in Scrabble, forty is only 11.

87.) On your 40th Birthday, you might feel old. You might be right.

88.) Now that you are forty, I say we screw the rules and go party! After all, your never too old to be young, right? Happy 40th to my youngest old friend.

89.) Now that you are forty what better time to knock things off your bucket list? You better do it now before you actually kick THE bucket. Happy fortieth.

Good Ones

90.) Happy 40th birthday to the oldest and wisest person that I know!

91.) Happy 40th birthday! I’m so pleased to hear you’re over the hill instead of under it.

92.) The 40s may be the new 20s, but certain things don’t change: At 20, you’re young and stupid. At 40, you think you’re young, which makes you do stupid things. Happy 40th birthday!

93.) Cheers to a riotous birthday! May the fun you have on your 40th, exceed the back aches you will get, later!

94.) It’s your 40th Birthday! Time to celebrate another year of applying icy hot to a new place!

95.) Happy birthday! At 40, your body may not always do what you want it to do but your mind is as sharp as ever. That’s why you should only exercise your mind, not your body.

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40th birthday quotes

96.) At 20 years of age, the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.
Benjamin Franklin

97.) We don’t understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.
Jules Renard

98.) The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary.
Arthur Schopenhauer

99.) At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don’t care what they think of us. (And) at 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.
Ann Landers

100.) To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.
Samuel Beckett

101.) If you’re 40 years old and you’ve never had a failure, you’ve been deprived.
Gloria Swanson

Male 40th birthday quotes

102.) At 40, your idea of weight lifting is standing up.

103.) Guys are idiots, till they’re what, 40 years old.
Wes Borland

104.) At 20 I thought I knew it all. At 30 I realized I didn’t. And, at 40 I realize I never will, but it’s fun trying!

105.) Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
George Bernard Shaw

106.) Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.
Eli Cass

107.) Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
Bob Hope

108.) Life begins at 40 – 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

109.) Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
French Proverb

110.) Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that’ll get you home earlier.
Dan Bennett

Female 40th birthday quotes

111.) Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40 after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely.
Christian Dior

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

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

114.) If life really begins on your 40th birthday, it’s because that’s when women finally get it… the guts to take back their lives.
Laura Randolph

115.) When I passed forty I dropped pretense, ’cause men like women who got some sense.
Maya Angelou

116.) At the age of 20, we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; and at 40, we discover that it wasn’t thinking of us at all.

117.) Once you hit forty you start adding letters. I’m 39A this year.

118.) The “I just woke up” face of your 30’s is the “all day long” face of your 40’s.
Libby Reid

Inspirational 40th birthday sayings

119.) Life begins at forty.
B. Pitkin

120.) 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

121.) 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

122.) This wine is forty years old. It certainly doesn’t show its age.

Funny 40th birthday quotes

123.) Forty isn’t old, if you’re a tree.

124.) 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

125.) At 40, I realize that I was built for comfort, not speed.

126.) 40 is when your body gives your brain a list of things it’s not going to do anymore.

127.) At 40, every time you suck in your gut, your ankles swell.

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

129.) At 40, you sing along with the elevator music.

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

131.) Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.
Edward Young

132.) Don’t just count your years, make your years count.
George Meredith

Next steps

Use these happy 40th birthday messages and quotes to personalize greeting cards, send birthday text messages, or just to verbally congratulate the birthday boy or girl.

Here’s a fun way to use these birthday quotes and messages. Find a vintage or childhood photo of the birthday boy or girl. Take a digital photo or scan the image so you can post the image online, using a quote from this list as the caption. Post the photo to sites like Facebook or Instagram for everyone to see and add their own comments.

By Greg Johnson

Greg has been celebrating his 40th birthday for a few anniversaries now. He’s a writer, designer and creative director.

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