By: Faye Smith

Stuck with what to write in your loved one's birthday card for their very special 40th birthday? Look no further than this post filled with 40 40th birthday wishes which will make them laugh or bring a sentimental tear to their eye. Whatever your relationship with them, we've scoured the internet for fun and meaningful 40th birthday messages whether you prefer to send a card, write on their Facebook wall, @ them in a tweet or share birthday wishes on your Instagram story. Remind them that there is still plenty of living to do even if it might not feel like it. After all, doesn't the phrase "Life begins at 40" come to mind?

Funny 40th birthday quotes and wishes

  • Congrats on turning 20 for the second time.
  • Now you're twice as fun as a 20-year-old. Just with more back pain.
  • You're 40. In dog years, you're dead.
  • Here's to 21 years with 19 years of experience.
  • Being 40 means you did stupid before the internet.
  • Happy 40th! You have now reached the age where all compliments will be followed by "for your age…"
  • Every time a woman turns 40 a cougar is born.
  • In your 40s you don't have to drink to feel hungover.
  • Happy 40th birthday to someone whose aches and pains are now because of arthritis and not partying.
  • Let's drink some Red, Red Wine cuz UB40!
  • 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.
  • Every man over forty is a scoundrel - George Bernard Shaw.
  • 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.
  • So you're 40. It could be worse. You could look it.
  • Wow, 40 years-old. If this were the 1700s, you'd be dead.
  • Forty… the new F word.
  • Just remember, once you're over the hills, you pick up speed - Charles M. Schultz.
  • Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle - Bob Hope.
  • Pushing forty? She's clinging on to it for dear life! - Ivy Compton-Burnett.

Meaningful 40th birthday messages

  • Happy birthday to someone who's Talented, Terrific, Tremendous, and Top-notch! Welcome to your four T's!
  • Life does not stop at 40. There are still many wonderful memories to create and enjoy. Yours will be full of love and excitement.
  • At 40, you have helped shape so many other lives for the better. Happy birthday to a wonderful person inside and out.
  • Happy 40th birthday! I hope this day marks the beginning of another unforgettable decade filled with happiness, success and love.
  • Good food, good friends and even better wine. May your 40th birthday be filled with all the best things life has to offer.
  • Your forties are a time to stop and smell the roses. May your path be lined with flowers in bloom all year long. Happy 40th birthday!
  • May this be the start of your luckiest decade. Happy 40th!
  • You make middle age look like the Golden Age of Hollywood.
  • You are such a joy. I'm so grateful to have you in my life. Happy 40th birthday!
  • You've blessed so many lives with your forty years. Here's to many more years ahead of you.
  • Look at all you have achieved in forty years, but the best is yet to come!
  • I count myself lucky to have a friend as wonderful, mesmerising and kind as you. Here's to the next 40 years of friendship!
  • You've always been fabulous; you just get to really claim it now. Happy 40th!
  • You look like you haven't aged since 30, but you have a sophistication that only 40-year-olds can claim.
  • You make aging look exciting. Have a 40th birthday as fabulous/sophisticated as you are!
  • Hope you get everything you deserve and more on your 40th birthday!
  • May your forties be filled with love laughter. The best thing? They're just getting started!
  • We're so lucky to have made so many incredible memories and we're even more lucky to make so many more!
  • You completely epitomize "age is just a number". Stay classy and fabulous.
  • Live your best life today and every day. Happy 40th birthday!

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