Thursday, September 04, 2008

TT #89: Life begins at forty!


Thirteen quotes for my 40th birthday

This Saturday I'll celebrate my 40th birthday with a big party! My real birthday is Monday September 8. I don't have a problem with turning 40. One of the best-selling selfhelp books, Life Begins at Forty (1932) by Walter Pitkin, implied that a wise if chastened maturity was emotionally healthier and more realistic than adolescent self-confidence. Hear hear!!

  • Life begins at forty! - Walter Pitkin
  • Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. - Victor Hugo
  • What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. - Voltaire
  • We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it. - Jules Renard
  • At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all. - Ann Landers
  • The first forty years of life give us the text, the next thirty supply the commentary on it. - Arthur Schopenhauer
  • At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty the wit; at forty the judgment. - Benjamin Franklin
  • Forty isn't old, if you're a tree. - unknown
  • I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience. - unknown
  • The "I just woke up" face of your 30's is the "all day long" face of your 40's. - Libby Reid
  • Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same. - Audrey Hepburn
  • Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed. - Edward Young
  • 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

What's your favourite?


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  1. I should bookmark these, my own 40th is next in line.

    I particularly liked the Renard and Ann Landers quotes.

    Happy TT Tink.

  2. A lot of these I'd never heard before. Excellent!
    And Happy Birthday. I passed my 50th three years ago.

  3. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent, thanks for sharing these. Happy TT!

  4. I love the Hepburn quote because I have found it to be so, so true. Happy 40th!

  5. All so true! Enjoy your birthday. It only gets better!

  6. Anonymous4/9/08 00:52

    I love being 40! :) I know you will too - especially since you are so loved. I do believe life begins at 40!

    Happy birthday!!

  7. Anonymous4/9/08 01:24

    You make 40 sound like a wonderful age to be! I know I'm looking forward to it!

  8. 40 came and went a long time ago."life is a highway I want to ride it all night long...." I just can not remember who sang this one.

  9. WOOHOO....AMEN!! Happy 40th. It really isnt that bad. Happy TT too:)

  10. Anonymous4/9/08 03:55

    Great quotes. I especially like the one about our morning face turning into our all day face. I'm approaching 40.

  11. Happy Birthday to you!!! I enjoyed all the quotes, but since you asked, my favorite is the one by Ann Landers … because at 63 I know it’s true!
    Hugs and blessings,

  12. These are some great quotes...

    My favorite: "I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience". - unknown

    LOVE IT!!

  13. #6 and #7 were my favorites. Hope you have a spectacular birthday. Life does get better after 40!

  14. Anonymous4/9/08 06:42

    How cool are these!

    Have a WONDERFUL birthday!

  15. Hope you have a simply fabulous birthday with your favorite cake and lots of cards. The last one was my favorite.

  16. Hope you have a simply fabulous birthday with your favorite cake and lots of cards. The last one was my favorite.

  17. I love that quote by Ann Landers!

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday in advance!

  18. P.S. Thanks for coming to my blogoversary/house trashing party!

  19. Anonymous4/9/08 10:11

    Forty seems very young from my perspective now :) It didn't worry me when I reached that age at all. Enjoy it!

  20. Happy birthday!!! Great TT idea to celebrate. Hubby is 40, I've got 2 more years yet and hope to be healthy by then.
    Have a great Thursday and if you wish pop by my TT at The Cafe at the END of the Universe & Mama Bear Reads.

  21. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely.

    LOLOL... I turned 41 this year and lived to tell the tale.

    Happy TT!

  22. Of my 40th birthday I only remember that we celebrated with 12 bottles of champagne, lol !
    And I can't complain, with 65 nobody has forgotten me so far.

  23. Happy Birthday! I remember turning 40 19 1/2 years ago. My husband through a big surprise birthday party. We lived in a very small town at the time, so he invited the entire town to come to the fire station for a big dance in my honor. What an evening. Enjoy yours.

  24. Lots of wisdom here! Happy 40th!

    Mine's up!

  25. I think I like the Ann Landers one the best. I'm looking 40 in the face. I guess I shouldn't be, it is 3 years away, but it doesn't bother me in the least.

  26. Awesome quotes! I loved them all but especially the one from Ann Landers.

  27. Anonymous4/9/08 19:20

    I love them all. Happy birthday, Tink. I remember 40 and it was fun!

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  28. I love the quotes. Life got even better when I turned 40. Happy Birthday to you!!!! :-)

  29. Anonymous4/9/08 20:50

    This is my 40th year as well! 1968 Rocks!

    I can honestly say that 40 was a year I looked forward to. It's a beautiful year, every part of it!

    Happy Birthday early!


  30. Great post! I like Ann Landers'quote the most.

  31. Happy Birthday ! 40 is awesome :) and 50 is pretty cool too (I'll be 53 Oct. 30 this year)

  32. I like them all and as I'm now approaching fifty, I find them to be mostly true too!

    Have a Happy 40th!

  33. Anonymous4/9/08 22:30

    I'll be 40 in two years so I'll have to keep these in mind as it approaches. Happy TT

  34. Oh I hope you will have a very happy birthday! I also hope you have a great party!
    I turned 41 in May. Sometimes I feel "old" and sometimes I don't. :) I know that 40 isn't exactly old though. It's really just another year in your life and all we can do is turn with the wheel.
    I enjoyed all of the quotes too! Good T13 idea!

  35. I have that woke up face of the 30's all day long now that I'm 40. I don't like it when people tell me I'm tired and I'm not! :)

  36. Happy early birthday. I'll be 39 in October and love your celebratory approach.

    My favorite?

    The Christian Dior quote.

  37. Thanks for sharing these! I turned 40 on 8/28 and certainly needed to see this post today!

    Happy Birthday to you!

  38. Anonymous5/9/08 07:57

    Happy birthday! Words of wisdom, excellent list :)

  39. Anonymous5/9/08 18:36

    Happy early birthday!!

  40. Anonymous6/9/08 11:45

    The best Thirteen's Ever!

    My dear blog friend, I want to sing for you in Norwegian:

    Gratulerer m' da'n,
    Gratulerer m' da'n,
    Gratulerer kjære Tinkerbell,
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    Have a lovely, long, happy and adventures weekend :-)

  41. Awwww Happy birthday!!! I'm 40 in a couple of weeks and am definitely using some of your quotes. They rock. I also found it funny that as I clicked on the comments link, there were 40 comments already made. "40" is a happening number for me! (And you obviously, he he he)


  42. Happy birthday! (It's today, yay).

  43. Anonymous8/9/08 11:05

    Hi Tinkerbell,
    I wish you a very happy birthday and I hope you had a great party on saturday.

    My favourite is this one:
    I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience. - unknown

    That is how it should be. I know a guy who is over 60 but still "18 with 42+ years experience". I hope I can be a bit like him when I am that old.

    Lots of knuffels!

  44. Anonymous8/9/08 14:19

    today is sept. 8, right? so happy birthday to you!!! :)

  45. Happy birthday...even tho I am a bit late (its still sept 8th here in Kansas tho;-)!!

  46. Anonymous9/9/08 18:17

    I'm too late, I 'm too late ..

    I have to apologize ...

    Many Happy Returns, Tinker!!!!

  47. Happy double 20.
    When looking back, I was a kid at 40 compared to now. With other words: Life begins at 40. You'll find out.
    Stay healthy and young. But do not forget you are no longer a teenager, which often do thinghs they afterwards are lucky went well. LOL.

    Great post and quotes

    Here will celeb 3x20 next week.
    (My TT this week)

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  51. At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all. - Ann Landers. Personally I like this quote very much. Thanks for sharing!!


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