"It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before; and, generally speaking, if there has been neither ill-health nor anxiety, it is a time of life at which scarcely any charm is lost."
Persuasion (So is 40 the new 29??)
"When a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her." Northanger Abby (And all we women know this to be true...particularly in regard to marrying males unapproved by the forty families in question! And the same heroism applies to men marrying females unapproved by the forty families in question...ask my husband and me. We know ALL about that!)