30 Famous Quotes About Being in Your Thirties

A collection of famous sayings that doesn’t include “thirty and flirty.”

Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult. -C.S. Lewis

When you turn thirty, a whole new thing happens: you see yourself acting like your parents. -Blair Sabol

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later. -Charles Caleb Colton

30 is the new 20, unless you’re 20, then it’s the new 40. -Dane Peddigrew

Thirty – the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning briefcase of enthusiasm, thinning hair. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. -Hervey Allen

In my thirties, I felt I had hold of one of the reins some of the time. -Chaka Khan 

A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child. -Henry Louis Mencken

Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke? -Rita Rudner

When you’re a teenager, all you want to do is buy beer. But once you hit 30 all you want to do is to get carded. -Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City

Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty. -Robert Frost

After 30, a body has a mind of its own. -Bette Midler

I think anybody over 30 plays parents because it happens in your thirties and so that’s kind of a natural progression. But I’m definitely drawn to it. It’s probably the most intense, passionate thing that happens to you as you get older. -Jodie Foster 

The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed. -Henry David Thoreau

I’m turning thirty this year. And you know the saying, a woman over thirty is more likely to get hit by a bomb than find a man. -Fanny Fink

I remember the day I turned thirty. I was getting out of the shower and I stood in front of the mirror and stared at myself for a long time. I examined every inch of my body and appreciated the fact that I finally looked like a grown woman. I also assumed that this was how I was going to look for the rest of my life. The way I saw it, I was never going to age; I’d just look up one day and be old. -Terry MacMillan

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty. -Georges Clemenceau

At age 30, one receives strength. -Talmud (Pirkei Avot 5:26)

A man thirty years old, I said to myself, should have his field of life all ploughed, and his planting well done; for after that it is summer time. -Lew Wallace

To my eye, women get sexier around 35. They know a thing or two, and knowledge is always alluring. -Pierce Brosnan

The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five. -Aristotle

Thirty five is a very attractive age; London society is full of women who have of their own free choice remained thirty-five for years. – Oscar Wilde

If at age 20 you are not a Communist then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are not a Capitalist then you have no brains. -George Bernard Shaw

Don’t trust anyone over thirty. -Jerry Rubin

There are no available men in their thirties in New York. Giuliani had them removed along with the homeless. -Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. -Caryn Leschen

It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won’t save us any more than love did. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

My time has been passed viciously and agreeably; at thirty-one so few years, months, days, hours, or minutes remain that Carpe Diem ‘is not enough. I have been obliged to crop even the seconds-for who can trust to tomorrow? -Lord Byron

Life is islands of ecstasy in an ocean of ennui, and after the age of thirty land is seldom seen. -Luke Rhinehart

No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us – something more than we could learn by ourselves, from a book. -Cyril Connolly


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Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.