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32 Encouraging, Funny and Motivational Quotes for Men

Inspiring, encouraging, funny and motivational quotes for men about health, wellbeing and parenting as we get older!

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My Favourite Inspiring, Encouraging and Motivational Quotes for Men Over 40

So life gets tough after 40, right? Older kids bringing their own challenges, aging parents leaning on us more.

Add in more responsibility at work, money worries, and a perceived lack of time to exercise or eat healthily, and it’s easy to feel we’re carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders, feeling and acting older than we truly are.

I’ve collected some of my favorite motivational quotes for men over 40 in this predicament. I find these quotes really encouraging and inspiring at times when I'm feeling overwhelmed or trying to figure out how to have a healthy mindset as I get older. I hope that at least 1 or 2 of these quotes for men like you and me give you that push you may need to re-evaluate how you’re looking after yourself and treating others as you age, and the importance of being as good a father as you can be, and motivate you to get back to thriving in the coming years!



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Motivating Quotes for Men About Getting Older!

These quotes can help us understand what it is to be older. Being in your 40, 50s and beyond doesn’t mean you need to ACT that way. You know deep down we still have the sense of humor we had at 14 years old!

We should hold on to that youthful energy and outlook as long as we can. Can you deal with all the stress after 40? Of course we can:

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. - John Barrymore

Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been. - Jimmy Buffet

Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional! - Walt Disney

As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better! - Ingrid Bergman

Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research. - Carl G. Jung

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

At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage. - John Andrew Holmes

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. - Aldous Huxley

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. - Jack Benny

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Encouraging, Motivational Quotes for Men About Dealing With Stress

I mentioned earlier how we can feel like we’ve the weight of the world on our shoulders with so many work and relationship worries.

It’s vital we get some perspective when we find ourselves spiralling, stressing about what might happen, what people are thinking about us…

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened. - Winston Churchill

At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all. - Ann Landers

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Motivational Quotes For Men About Treating Others Well

You’ve worked hard, maybe moved up quite a few rungs on the career ladder by now, and you can feel like you’ve ‘arrived’, doing better financially too.

It can be easy to forget where we were a couple of decades ago when dealing with colleagues and service providers. We could have done with a supportive word and empathy back then too…

A great man is hard on himself, a small man is hard on others. - Confucius

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a mans character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

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Are You a Dad? I find these Quotes for Dads keep me on track with doing my best...

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

— Jim Valvano

Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.

— Reed Markham

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.

— Billy Graham

Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.

— John Wilmot

Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.

— Charles Kettering

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.

— Umberto Eco

My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.

— Clarence Budington Kelland

It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

— Frederick Douglass

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys’.

— Harmon Killebrew

The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.

— John Green

One of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

— Howard W. Hunter

A boy needs a father to show him how to be in the world. He needs to be given swagger, taught how to read a map so that he can recognize the roads that lead to life and the paths that lead to death, how to know what love requires, and where to find steel in the heart when life makes demands on us that are greater than we think we can endure.

— Ian Morgan Cron

There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railway man, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor; or a writer, or a President, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears and lions. But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.

— Pam Brown

I cannot think of any need in children as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

— Sigmund Freud

Mostly you just have to keep plugging and keep loving — and hoping that your child forgives you according to how you loved him, judged him, forgave him, and stood watching over him as he slept, year after year.

— Ben Stein

Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.

— Frank Pittman

If there is any immortality to be had among us human beings, it is certainly only in the love that we leave behind. Fathers like mine don’t ever die.

— Leo Buscaglia


I hope you loved some of those motivational quotes for men, we need to be reminded sometimes to take care of ourselves, right?

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