40th Birthday Joke – Intro

Best 40th Birthday Jokes on Record –

O.K. let’s be honest… these three words—“the Big 4-0”— express volumes to people who are celebrating their 40th birthday. Approaching your forties might present some life challenges but it’s nothing that a few tactful and well timed jokes can’t take care of.



Use exaggeration to ironically compare the 40th birthday with getting very old to show that 40 is actually pretty young. For example, take the old “over the hill” cliché and tell the birthday boy that he’s not just over the hill but over the whole mountain range.


Make use of food and wine metaphors to show that aging is a good thing while still being funny. In this case, you can point out that if wine grows better with age, the 40th birthday boy would be a bottle of Dom Perignon. You can make similar jokes with aged cheese and liquors.


Point out that men who are turning 40 still act like they’re 20, since nothing makes a 40-year-old man feel rejuvenated than being told he’s got the spirit of a person half his age. If it’s a woman who’s turning 40, pretend that her age is half of what it really is and continue to tell the joke so that it becomes a running thing.


Try to make the jokes funny but be prepared for a couple of duds, since age is a sensitive issue. When you do strike out with a 40th birthday joke that falls flat, point out that you’re also getting old and imply that that’s the reason your jokes aren’t funny. In all cases, though, make another joke until you get your laugh.

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

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.”
French proverb

“The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary.”
By Arthur Schopenhauer

“Life begins at forty.”
By W. B. Pitkin

“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; at 40, we discover that it wasn’t thinking of us at all.”
By anonymous

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

“At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgement”
By Benjamin Franklin

“What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy”
By Voltaire

“Age is a high price to pay for maturity”
By Tom Stoppard

“Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty”
By James Thurber

“The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men”
By Colleen McCullough

“When I passed forty I dropped pretense, ’cause men like women who got some sense” By Maya Angelou

“You’ve heard of the three ages of man – youth, age, and “you are looking wonderful”
By Francis Cardinal Spellman

“Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle”
By Bob Hope

“At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage”
By John Andrew Holmes

“Middle age is when you still believe you’ll feel better in the morning”
By Bob Hope

“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
By Charles Schulz

“Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever”
By Don Marquis

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

“The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left”
By Jerry M. Wright

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