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Friday, 4 March 2011

The Philosophical 40th

One more day of being 39, tomorrow I will be in my Forties.  I think it's a good age to be, I can probably work it to my advantage somehow!  I have found a few thought provoking quotations that I think are rather apt. 

Life begins a Forty - written by John Lennon (for Ringo Starr)
They say life begins at forty,
Age is just a state of mind.
If all that's true,
You know, that i've been dead for thirty-nine.

And if life begins at forty,
Well, i hope it ain't the same
It's been tough enough without that stuff
I don't wanna to be born again.

Well, i tried to sweep the slate clean
With a new broom ev'ry day
If that don't work,
I'll jerk around until my next birtday

Yeah, life begins at forty,
Age is just a state of mind.
Well, if all that's true
You know that i've been dead for thirty-nine.


"Lived in this town all my life an' I'm goin' on forty-three years old. Know everything that's happened here since before I was born."
To Kill a Mockingbird
Sheriff Tate, Chapter 30.

 "You're not 40, you're eighteen with 22 years experience."
Anonymous ...

"Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age." 
~Victor Hugo

"It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen." 
 ~Brigitte Bardot

"I was wrong to grow older.  Pity.  I was so happy as a child." 
 ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

"To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old." 
 ~Oliver Wendell Holmes 

"Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." 
 ~Henry David Thoreau

"Middle age is when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places." 
~Author Unknown

"I don't do alcohol anymore - I get the same effect just standing up fast." 

 ~Author Unknown

"Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age.  Sometimes age just shows up all by itself." 

 ~Tom Wilson

"It's hard to feel middle-aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live?"
  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


  1. I remember this day very well indeed, I had my last 39th year day in August and I have to say turning the big 40 is very pleasant so far! How are you marking the day tomorrow Lucy ?

  2. It's just a number! In your head how old are you? Are you like me and still stuck around 23? I am 38 and I know I have this to come to me soon :o)
    You know your getting older when you chose cereal for it's fiber content not the toy. I still but it for the toy ;o) (I bet you do too)
    I haope you have an amazing ::Happy::Birthday:: tomorrow with LOTS of surprises.
    Lot of Love and Birthday cheer!

  3. Many happy returns for your birthday tomorrow xx

    I will be 52 on Friday and I love being in my fifties. So much more relaxed about life, like myself more, do more of the things I love too. So Happy Birthday to all little puppies in their 40s - there's lots more fun to come : )

  4. Thanks guys for the reassurance,kind thoughts and additional philosophies, I will be going for a Chinese 'All you can Eat Buffet' with my Parents and sons in Birmingham, I think we may be like Homer Simpson in an eating contest! I think my kids are often wiser and more mature than me! :) I'll try and save ya a bit of prawn toast!

  5. Happy 40th Birthday!!! I hope you enjoy your day and all its feasting.

  6. Happy happy birthday, Lucy! May you have a year filled with happiness and lots of yarn...

    Have a great day...

    love and (((hugs)))

  7. Happy Birthday Lucy!
    Lots of love from Sue xxx

  8. Have a great birthday! 40 is only a number and a good excuse for doing what you like too!


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