40 Quotes for 40 Years – Turning 40 Today

by Don Smith

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Don reflecting on life by the sea

I'm turning 40 today, so figured I'd share 40 quotes about life that I've come to appreciate at a deeper level over the years.  Last year I wrote down some deeper life lessons you can read by clicking here if quotes aren't your thing, those still all apply.  In either case, enjoy!

  1. “Do Your Best And Forget The Rest” – Tony Horton Tweet This
  2. “Silence is best reply to fools.” @ernest6words Tweet This
  3. “Every storm runs out of rain.” @ernest6words Tweet This
  4. “All truths are easy to understand once discovered, point is to discover them.” -Galileo Tweet This
  5. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” -Bruce Lee Tweet This
  6. “Don't compare your behind the scenes blooper reel with everyone else's highlight reel” Tweet This
  7. “The only time you should look in your neighbor's bowl is to see if they have enough” Tweet This
  8. “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” Mt 16:26 Tweet This
  9. “Leadership is service, not position.” -Tim Fargo Tweet This
  10. “When it rains, look for rainbows, when it's dark, look for stars!” Tweet This
  11. “Happiness, like loneliness, is a Decision.” -Stephen Cherokee Drury Tweet This
  12. “Always remember new growth comes from rainy days.” -Don Smith Tweet This
  13. “The teacher is always quiet during the test” Tweet This
  14. “You'll always be poor if you spend more than you make.” Tweet This
  15. “Things can be replaced. Some people can't.” Tweet This
  16. “It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” -Rocky Tweet This
  17. “The best defense is a good offense” Tweet This
  18. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” -Confucius Tweet This
  19. We can't change the world until we change ourselves. -The Notorious B.I.G. Tweet This
  20. “Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow you reap.” -Zig Ziglar Tweet This
  21. “You can have everything in life you want, if you help other people get what they want.” Zig Tweet This
  22. “Yesterday is history. Learn from it and move on.” Tweet This
  23. “If you want to change you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.” Tweet This
  24. “Experience is a hard teacher b/c she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” Tweet This
  25. “It's your life. Don't let someone else live it.” Tweet This
  26. “I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance.” -Garth Tweet This
  27. “Success is going to bed at night with your soul at peace” -Paulo Coelho Tweet This
  28. “I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.” -Michael Jordan Tweet This
  29. “Let whoever think whatever… Just keep getting better.” Tweet This
  30. “Quit talking and begin doing!” Tweet This
  31. “Persistence gets you farther than brilliance.” -Robin Sharma Tweet This
  32. “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” Tweet This
  33. “One kind word can change someone's entire day!” Tweet This
  34. “Don't waste words on people who deserve your silence…” Tweet This
  35. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” -Bruce Lee Tweet This
  36. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” -Anthony Robbins Tweet This
  37. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn Tweet This
  38. “When you have bacon in your mouth, it doesn't matter who's president.” -Louis CK Tweet This
  39. “Life doesn't have to be complicated, we just make it complicated” -Leighton Tweet This
  40. “If you want to be happy, be.” -Leo Tolstoy Tweet This

I'm grateful to everyone who has helped make my life a little better over the years.  Hope you got some inspiration and motivation out of these, or at least a smile!  Have an awesome day, here's to the next 40 years!!!

Now to go find me some bacon…

About the Author 

Don Smith

Happily married with five kids, Smith owns a technology company, is the founder of this site, has served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and loves playing soccer, hiking, and mentoring.

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