The Very Best Happy 40th Birthday Wishes for Friends and Family - Routinely Shares (2024)

Are you looking for the best way to wish someone a happy 40th birthday? Well, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the best happy 40th birthday wishes for friends and family. Turning 40 is a big deal and worth a celebration and you can help them celebrate with the perfect happy 40th birthday messages and greetings for cards.

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Our Favorite Happy 40th Birthday Wishes

You have been the same awesome person for four decades. Here’s wishing us four more!

Four decades of being your wonderful self. Happy birthday, buddy!

The secret to staying young is make-up… make up an age, then stick with it!

Without you, my life wouldn’t be as complete. Thanks for simply being you, and I wish you nothing but the best as you hit the four-decade mark.

They say too much of everything is bad, but I beg to differ with that statement since too much of you, my sweet friend, is heavenly. Have a lovely 40th birthday.

You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime. Happy 40th birthday!

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Happy 40th birthday to a true troublemaker. Don’t you dare get old on me!

Happy birthday! I can’t wait to see what you do with your next 40 years.

Lordy, Lordy, look who’s 40! Hope your big day is positively wonderful.

I’ll bet you were hoping no one would notice you were turning 40. Well, no such luck! Happy birthday!

Have a great 40th birthday! Too young to die and too old to Rock n Roll!

Happy 40th birthday to someone who’s awesome at any age.

You’ve always been a good-looking dude. Now you’re a good-looking older dude. Happy 40th birthday!

39 was so last year. Happy birthday!

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Don’t think of it as turning 40. We’re here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of your 4th birthday.

Happy 40th birthday! Oh, and if you wake up feeling like crap tomorrow, it’s not a hangover – that’s just what it’s like being old.

Don’t think of it as your 40th birthday. Think of it as the 20th anniversary of your 20th birthday. Happiest birthday!

You know, they say that age is really all in the mind. The key is to prevent it from trickling down into your body. Happy birthday!

Welcome to 40, an age when you’re still young at heart, but other body parts are starting to falter.

A decade more and you’ve got half a century of accumulated knowledge and wisdom… that no one needs anyway! Happy birthday!

Funny Happy 40th Birthday Wishes

Talented, Terrific, Tremendous, and Top-Notch for 40 years. Here’s wishing you a Happy birthday!

We’ll be friends ’til we’re old and senile… and then we’ll be new friends!

You look good for 40. Scratch that, you look good, period. Happy birthday!

It’s your 40th birthday? Not too late to get up to some mischief!

They say 40 is the new 30. However, it should be noted that they often lie.

You might be prehistoric, but at least you’re not extinct! Happy 40th birthday!

Happy birthday! And thank you so much for turning 40 before me!

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It’s OK to light the 40 candles on your birthday cake now; I’ve already alerted the fire department.

You’re not old! …oh, no wait, actually you are, sorry about that.

Don’t grow up… It’s a trap! Oh, you did! Happy birthday, in that case!

You’ve reached that golden age where your train of thought usually leaves the station without you. Happy 40th!

Middle age… when “happy hour” is a nap! Happy 40th!

40 isn’t old if you’re a tree. Happy birthday.

Happy birthday! May your Facebook wall be filled with messages from people you never talk to.

You’re older today than yesterday but younger than tomorrow, happy 40th birthday!

Cheers on your birthday. One step closer to adult underpants.

Just wanted to be the first one to wish you happy birthday so I can feel superior to your other well-wishers. So, happy birthday!

Turning 40 is a piece of cake and a few extra candles.

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With age comes wisdom…and wrinkles.

40th birthday! And remember: You’re never too old to act like an idiot.

Hope you have a blast on your 40th birthday! Just don’t overdo it – at your age, partying too much can be dangerous.

Don’t let aging get you down… it’s too hard to get back up again! Happy birthday, 40-year-old!

There were a lot of famous people born on your birthday. Too bad you’re not one of them.

If your candles cost more than your cake, then definitely you are getting older.

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Belated Birthday Wishes, Funny Birthday Wishes, Happy 30th Birthday Wishes and Happy 60th Birthday Wishes.

Short Happy Birthday Wishes for 40th

Congratulations on four decades of sheer awesomeness!

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

Forty is the new awesome. Happy birthday!

Happy 40th birthday, sweetie! If we gotta grow old, let’s do it together!

40?! YOU?! I demand a recount! Happy birthday!

Still fun, foxy, and fabulous at 40. Happy birthday!

Forever be beautiful, inside and out. Happy 40th birthday.

Now you’re as sexy as two 20-year-olds. Happy 40th birthday!

The first 40 years of childhood are always the hardest.

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I’m so proud to have you as a friend… even if you are old.

Happy birthday!! You only look as old as the last selfie you took.

Happy 40th, bud! How does it feel to be the world’s oldest kid?

I hate to remind you of your old age, but… you’re forty! Happy birthday!

Congratulations on being born a really long time ago.

If gray hair is a sign of wisdom, then you’re a genius! Here comes the 40th birthday!

You’re 14,600 days old, but who’s counting?

Older? Definitely. Wiser? …mmm debatable. Happy Birthday!

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You’re like a fine wine, you keep getting better with age.

Every year of life is a gift, even 40.

40 is fun, fabulous, and absolutely fantastic. It’s your time in the sun.

Best wishes on your 40th birthday. I’m so proud to have you as a friend… even if you are old.

Life is a book and your forties are the chapters when it all starts making sense.

Birthday Wishes for Friends and Family

Best wishes to the most magnificent woman in my life. I hope this message brings that stunning smile to your face.

Happy birthday to my beautiful wife, who is way too sexy to be 40 years old.

Happy 40th birthday to the prettiest and most loving woman I know. Today being your special day, my wish for you is that all your dreams come to pass. Have a happy birthday filled with sweet surprises, my friend.

Happy 40th birthday to the most remarkable and fun woman I know.

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Sending love to my favorite person on her special day. Here’s to another great year!

Time is precious, so I’ll keep this short: Happy 40th birthday to the coolest woman I know!

No woman is as accomplished, caring, selfless, and warm-hearted as you. On this special day, I hope you feel half of what you send out to the world every day.

It’s yet another beautiful day to celebrate a special woman. I wish you all the best this new year will bring, long life and prosperity. Happy 40th birthday to you

On this lovely day, I wish you have a fabulous 40th birthday and I pray that all you wish for come true. Happy birthday!

Babe, as you add another year and grow wiser today, I wish you long life, good health and may your joy be full. Happy 40th birthday to you.

Best wishes on your 40th birthday – a great milestone for a true gentleman!

Happy 40th birthday! You are officially a Distinguished Gentleman.

Happy 40th birthday to my amazing husband! I’m still head over heels for you, and I always will be.

I believe you forgot my birthday present last year, so now I’m returning the favor. Happy 40th, my dearest!

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Handsome and youthful as ever. Happy 40th birthday!

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that people who have the most live the longest! Happy 40th birthday!

Wishing you all the best on your 40th birthday! You’re one of the most loving, generous, and kind-hearted people I know and I feel so lucky to be married to you.

Happy 40th birthday to my husband – the man who makes every day an adventure! I can’t wait to see what the next years bring!

May you be gifted with life’s biggest joys and never-ending bliss. After all, you yourself are a gift to earth, so you deserve the best. Happy birthday.

Congratulations on being even more experienced. I’m not sure what you learned this year, but every experience transforms us into the people we are today. Happy 40th birthday!

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not here, so live today and enjoy the year.

Another birthday means your life journey is incomplete. May your path be paved with success and guided by love.

Let this birthday bring peace to your soul and happiness to your heart.

Happy 40th birthday! I’m so grateful to be married to such an amazing man. You make every day special and I can’t wait to celebrate many more birthdays with you.

Happy 40th birthday to the most wonderful husband in the world! I feel so lucky to be married to you and I’m looking forward to many more happy years together.

Happy 40th Birthday Messages and Greetings for Cards

They say 40 is the new 30. However, it should be noted that they often lie.

Congratulations on being born a really long time ago.

You’re not old! …oh, no wait, actually you are, sorry about that.

Welcome to 40, an age when you’re still young at heart, but other body parts are starting to falter.

Age is but a number that you don’t have to reflect on the outside.

You’re 14,600 days old, but who’s counting?

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Turning 40 is a piece of cake and a few extra candles.

With age comes wisdom…and wrinkles.

You’re like a fine wine, you keep getting better with age.

Every year of life is a gift, even 40.

40 is fun, fabulous, and absolutely fantastic. It’s your time in the sun.

Everything you have worked for begins to fall into place when you turn 40.

You are definitely forty if you notice that all your sentences start from ‘When I was younger…’.

You have accomplished so much these past 4 decades and so many more opportunities as headed your way.

Look forward to all that this next decade has to hold.

Cheer up! You’re another day older every day.

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Life is a book and your forties are the chapters when it all starts making sense.

Take a deep breath and step on through. This is your new chapter.

The older you get, the older I feel. So please stop getting older.

At least you’re not as old as you will be next year.

It’s great to have a friend to grow old with… glad you’re first.

There is still so much life to be lived at the ripe age of 40.

Happy birthday. If your next 40 years are half as good as the first, you will have had a pretty amazing life.

Happy birthday! And remember you’re not 40 …you’re 18 with 22 years of experience.

No one would ever guess that you’re 40 years old, and with the right incentive, I won’t tell! Happy birthday.

This year, I wish for even more time together with the greatest person I know. Happy 40th birthday to you, bestie!

A wise man once said, ‘Forget about your past, you cannot change it’. I’d like to add, ‘Forget about your present, I didn’t get you one’. Happy 40th!

At least you aren’t as old as you will be next year.

40 years old is just 10 years times 4

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You know, I would be a lot more excited about you turning one year older if I was in your will. Happy birthday!

I would have planned a big 40th birthday party for you, but who would’ve thought that you’d make it this far?

As Helen Hayes says, age is not important unless you’re a cheese. Here’s a cheesy birthday wish for you, though.

What goes up but never comes down? Your age. Happy 40th birthday!

Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years. Happy 40th birthday!

May the joy that you have spread in the past come back to you on this day. Wishing you a very happy 40th birthday!

Count not the candles…see the lights they give. Count not the years, but the life you live. Wishing you a wonderful time ahead. Happy 40th birthday.

Take a deep breath and step on through. This is your new chapter.

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Happy Birthday! You know, you don’t look that old. But then, you don’t look that young, either.

Everything you have worked for begins to fall into place when you turn 40.

You are definitely forty if you notice that all your sentences start from ‘When I was younger…’.

Happy Birthday to someone who’s Talented, Terrific, Tremendous, and Top-notch! Welcome to your four T’s!

Congrats on turning the big 4-oh. You’ve accomplished so much in your life, and to think, you’re just getting started.

Sending you a hundred wishes so that you get everything you could hope for this birthday. Happy 40th birthday!

Best wishes on your 40th birthday! I would make fun of you for being old, but I’m afraid you might toss your dentures at me and hit me with your cane!

A wish for you on your birthday, whatever you ask may you receive, whatever you seek may you find, whatever you wish may it be fulfilled on your birthday and always. Happy birthday!

Don’t get all weird about getting older! Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us!

Just be grateful you’re not forty in dog years.

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Time to start crossing things off that bucket list.

You have accomplished so much these past 4 decades and so many more opportunities as headed your way.

See age as the gift that it is and you will always be grateful on your birthday.

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

The best years are still ahead of you. So, make the most of today. Happy 40th birthday.

You may not be over the hill yet, but you have a great view!

Your birthday is the first day of another 365-day journey. Be the shining thread in the beautiful tapestry of the world to make this year the best ever. Enjoy the ride.

Age is but a number that you don’t have to reflect on the outside.

A birthday is a day to celebrate your achievements, your accomplishments, and your future.

Look forward to all that this next decade has to hold.

Pun-ny and Funny 40th Birthday Card Messages

Go ahead…cake my day.

Happy belated 40th birthday! Butter late than never.

Turn up the MEWsic and let’s get his PAWty started!

What’s a ghost’s favorite cake? I-scream cake.

So, you’re spaghetting older…

It is your 40th birthday, you BATTER believe it!

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Here’s a TOAST to BUTTER days ahead – you deserve to spend the day in BREAD! I LOAF you.

Feliz cumpleanos. Have a FLAN-tastic 30th birthday!

That birthday party was gelato fun.

What did one veggie say to the other on its birthday? Ha-pea birthday.

Dim sum-body say it’s your 40th birthday?

You FETA have a GOUDA birthday.

Some only dream of big 50th birthday cakes. Others bake it happen.

What do you call your 40th birthday? Your BEER-thday.

Turning 40 nothing to WINE about.

Have a GRATE birthday. Hope that’s not too CHEESY.

Happy belated birthday! Butter later than never.

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Happy 40th birthday. You’re one in a MELON.

A 40th birthday cake is just like a golf ball. You’ve got to SLICE it.

The cat’s out of the bag – you’re one year older. Hope your birthday leaves you FELINE good!

It’s your birthday? ALPACA my party hat.

Wishing you a LLAMA fun on your birthday!

Go, Shawty! It’s Sherbert Day!

Have a whaley great birthday!

40th Birthday Quotes

“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research” – Carl Jung

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

“To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.” — Bernard Baruch

“Your age isn’t you. Use today to feel your best, celebrate and be your very happiest.” — M. Rivers

“Life begins at forty” – Walter B. Pitkin

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“Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them.” — Anna Magnani

“I still think of myself as I was 25 years ago. Then I look in a mirror and see an old bastard and I realize it’s me.” – Dave Allen

“Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.” – Kitty Collins

“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” – Emily Dickinson

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

“Youth has no age.” – Pablo Picasso

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“Between thirty and forty a man may have reached the height of discretion without having tumbled over the top and into the feather-bed of correctitude” – Arnold Bennett

“One of the advantages of being over forty is that one begins to learn the difference between knowing and realising” – Gustav Holst

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age” – Victor Hugo

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” – Steven Wright

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“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional” – Chili Davis

“At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment” – Benjamin Franklin

“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

“The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary on it” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“This wine is forty years old. It certainly doesn’t show its age” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Birthdays are a great time to stop and appreciate gravity. Sure, it makes things sag as you get older, but it also keeps your cake from flying all over the room, so you don’t have to chase it.” – Greg Tamblyn

“I like birthday cake. It’s so symbolic. It’s a tempting symbol to load with something more complicated than just ‘Happy birthday!’ because it’s this emblem of childhood and a happy day.” — Aimee Bender

“If life is a birthday cake let my face be smeared with its icing of cognac and kindness.” – Aberjhani

“Celebration is life’s frosting: isn’t frosting the very best part of the cake?” – Bethenny Frankel

“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.” — Edward Morykwas

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“Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece?” – Bobby Kelton

“You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.’” — Jerry Seinfeld

And there you have it! Hopefully, we were able to help you find the best 40th birthday greeting you were looking for.

Now get out there and help them celebrate turning 40!

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I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

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