Birthday Quotes

Check out this long list of birthday quotes to help celebrate a special day. There’s something for everyone – from the inspirational to the funny, and everything in between. Enjoy and happy birthday celebration!

An Inspiring Collection of Birthday Quotes

When I passed forty I dropped pretense, ‘cause men like women who got some sense.
Maya Angelou

We grow too soon old and too late smart.
Dutch proverb

It’s sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.
Brigitte Bardot

He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount.
Chinese Proverb

Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
John Burroughs

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Funny Birthday Wishes

There are days of oldness, and then one gets young again.
Katherine Butler Hathaway

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

Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do about it.
Golda Meir

The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines.

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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Mark Twain

Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.

Lead me not into temptation; I can find it myself.

Men grow old, pearls grow yellow, there is no cure for it.
Chinese proverb

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit, and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.
Susan B. Anthony

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Short Birthday Quotations

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

May you live all the days of your life.
Jonathan Swift

Don’t just count your years, make your years count.
Ernest Meyers

Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial.
Christopher Morley

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.
Eubie Blake

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At seventy-seven it is time to be earnest.
Samuel Johnson

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.
Orson Welles

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

Old age is not for sissies.
Malcolm Forbes

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
Jean-Paul Richter

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Awesome Birthday Quotations

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.

You’re not getting older; you’re just getting better.

From our birthday, until we die, is but the winking of an eye.
William Butler Yeats

May you live all the days of your life.
Jonathan Swift

If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes.

Life is a hereditary disease.

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

A lady of a “certain age” which means “certainly aged.”
Lord Byron

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Sincere B-Day Quotes

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
Harold Azine

Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75.
Benjamin Franklin (for more of the Best Benjamin Franklin Quotes)

Every ten years of a man’s life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.

Happiness may well consist primarily of an attitude toward time.
Robert Grudin

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.
Mignon McLaughlin

Happiness in the older years of life, like happiness in every year of life, is a matter of choice — your choice for yourself.
Richard Ben Sapir

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Birthday Quotations for Friends

We turn older with years, but newer every day.
Emily Dickinson

Regardless of your age, you will always have adventures, unexpected joys, and unexpected sorrows.
Betty Friedan

You’ve logged so many miles in the voyage of life that you’ve been upgraded to first-class!
Evelyn Loeb

Live long and prosper
Mr. Spock

Every day is a birthday; every moment of it is new to us; we are born again, renewed for fresh work and endeavor.
Isaac Watts

Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.
Doris Mortman

Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw

We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
May Lamberton Becker

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.
Michael Pritchard

Take care of the minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves.
Lord Chesterfield

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
Ashley Montagu

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For Husband

Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.
Robert Bolt

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

Birth and Death are the two noblest expressions of bravery.
Kahlil Gibran

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.
George Harrison

Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
Bishop Hall

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Birthday Love Quotes

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.
Anton Chekhov

An old man loved is winter with flowers.

Sixteen candles make a lovely light, but not as bright as your eyes tonight.
Luther Dixon

I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.
Oliver Goldsmith

The advantage of being eighty years old is that one has many people to love.
Jean Renoir

God loveth a cheerful giver.

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
Ellen Glasgow

Age does not protect you from loving. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Anais Nin

When I was 24, 44 seemed like 104! But my strengths now come from experience. I feel like I’ve come into my own.
Sally Field

Rule for Happiness: Something to do, Someone to love, Something to hope for.
Immanuel Kant

Happiness is perfume, you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself.
James Van Der Zee

Those whom the gods’ love grow young.
Oscar Wilde

Birthday Quotes for your Special Day

The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others.
Marcus Cato

Nobility is not a birthright. It is defined by one’s actions.
Robin Hood

You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.
John Mason

Real birthdays are not annual affairs. Real birthdays are the days when we have a new birth.
Ralph Parlette

Old age: A great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold, you may have escaped, not from one master but from many.

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The soul that rises with us, our life’s star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar; Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.
William Wordsworth

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

Birthday Messages

If you want to be happy, be.
Henry David Thoreau

A true friend remembers your birthday but not your age.

Why not think about times to come, And not about the things that you’ve done.
Fleetwood Mac song

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.
English Proverb

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

There are so many things about which some old man ought to tell one while one is little; for when one is grown one would know them as a matter of course.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.
Fred Astaire

Whatever with the past has gone, The best is always yet to come.
Lucy Larcom

It takes a long time to grow young.
Pablo Picasso

It is better to wear out than to rust out.
Bishop Richard Cumberland

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
Robert Frost

My Birthday! what a difference sound
That word had in my youthful ears;
And how each time the day comes round,
Less and less white its mark appears.
Thomas Moore

Best Happy Birthday Quotes

Here’s a posy of flowers, and a basket too, with Birthday greetings all for you.

Sugar in the gourd and honey in the horn, I never was so happy since the hour I was born.

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up — a lot of people don’t have the courage to do it.
Helen Hayes

When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
James M. Barrie

Most of us can remember a time when a birthday – especially if it was one’s own brightened the world as if a second sun has risen.
Robert Lynd

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Franz Kafka

At times is it seems that I am living my life backward and that at the approach of old age my real youth will begin. My soul was born covered with wrinkles-wrinkles that my ancestors and parents most assiduously put there and that I had the greatest trouble removing,
Andre Gide

I want to be an artist
To paint pictures just for you,
So when each birthday comes around,
I can send you quite a few.

The secret to eternal youth is arrested development.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
Margaret Mead

Famous Birthday Sayings

There was a star danced, and under that was I born.
William Shakespeare

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana

Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.
Margaret Fuller

Sing a song of Birthdays
Full of fun and cheer
And may you keep on having them
For many a happy year.

Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs.

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
Virginia Woolf

Youth comes but once in a lifetime.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.
Rudyard Kipling

Keep true to the dream of thy youth.
Friedrich Von Schiller

It is through the idealism of youth that man catches sight of truth, and in that idealism, he possesses a wealth which he must never exchange for anything else.
Albert Schweitzer

For Co-Workers

A man over ninety is a great comfort to all his elderly neighbors: he is a picket-guard at the extreme outpost; and the young folks of sixty and seventy feel that the enemy must get by him before he can come near their camp.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
T.S. Eliot

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

How unspeakably the lengthening of memories in common endears our old friends!
George Eliot

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eye’d,
Such seems your beauty still.
William Shakespeare

Time draweth wrinkles in a fair face, but addeth fresh colors to a fast friend.
John Lyle

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished a how much he had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain

More Birthday Quotes for Colleagues

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, but it’s up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.
Coco Chanel

How far that little candle throws his beams!
William Shakespeare

The secret anniversaries of the heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
Pierre Corneille

Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.
Carl Sandburg

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh yourself.
Ethel Barrymore

Make hay while the sun shines.

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One to-day is worth two to-morrows.
Benjamin Franklin

The more things change, the more they remain the same.
Alphonse Karr

Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants.
Edward Steichen

We are always the same age inside.
Gertrude Stein

The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of fifty.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Thirty, thirty-five, forty, all had come to visit her like admonitory relatives, and all had slipped away without a trace, without a sound, and now, once again, she was waiting.
Evan S. Connell

I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.
Thomas Alva Edison

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
French proverb

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement.
Benjamin Franklin

A man of forty today has nothing to worry him but falling hair, inability to button the top button, failing vision, shortness of breath, a tendency of the collar to shut off all breathing, trembling of the kidneys to whatever tune the orchestra is playing, and a general sense of giddiness when the matter of rent is brought up. Forty is Life’s Golden Age.
Robert Benchley

You make me chuckle when you say that you are no longer young, that you have turned twenty-four. A man is or may be young to after sixty, and not old before eighty.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

Birthday quotes for mother

You take all the experience and judgment of men over fifty out of the world and there wouldn’t be enough left to run it.
Henry Ford

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which strengthens with the setting sun of life.
Jean De La Fontaine

A friendship counting nearly forty years is the finest kind of shade tree I know.
James Russell Lowell

For Sister

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.
Robert Browning

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
Ingrid Bergman

Birth may be a matter of a moment, but it is a unique one.
Frederick Leboyer

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is the work of art.
Garson Kanin

Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come.
Lucy Larcom

What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.
Brigitte Bardot

Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.
George Sand

The perceptions of middle age have their own luminosity.
Gail Sheehy

What I wouldn’t give to be seventy again!
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
Robert Southey

In a dream, you are never eighty.
Anne Sexton

Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at seventy.
Dorothy Thompson

There must be a day or two in a man’s life when he is the precise age for something important.
Franklin P. Adams

A man is old when he can pass an apple orchard and not remember the stomachache.
James Russell Lowell

Birthday Greetings for Sister

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends-
It gives a lovely light!
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Once I was looking through the kitchen window at dusk and I saw an old woman looking in. Suddenly the light changed and I realized that the old woman was myself. you see, it all happens on the outside; inside one doesn’t change.
Molly Keane

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Mark Twain

Brother’s Birthday

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
Henry L Mencken

Of middle age, the best that can be said is that a middle-aged person has likely learned how to have a little fun in spite of his troubles.
Don Marquis

At 19, everything is possible and tomorrow looks friendly.
Jim Bishop

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
Reverend Larry Lorenzoni

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana

For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.
John Glenn

Money is appropriate, and one size fits all.
William Randolph Hearst, when commenting on suggestions for birthday gifts.

Youth has no age.
Pablo Picasso

Each ten years of a man’s life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.

To see a young couple loving each other is no wonder, but to see an old couple loving each other is the best sight of all.
William Makepeace Thackeray

There are days of oldness, and then one gets young again.
Katherine Butler Hathaway

One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell anything.
Oscar Wilde

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.

Aging Quotes

Age is a high price to pay for maturity.
Tom Stoppard

All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.
Jane Wagner

Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty-eight and forty.
James Thurber

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

It just is crazy that I’m 53. I think I’m very immature. I feel like a kid.
Ellen DeGeneres

Birthday Quotes for Good Friends

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
John Lennon

Every birthday and every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.
Buddy Valastro

From good friends and true, from old friends and new, may good luck go with you and happiness, too!

Birthday Advise

With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come.
William Shakespeare

Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy.
Abhishek Bachchan

A birth date is a reminder to celebrate life as well as to update life.
Amit Kalantri

There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why.
William Barclay

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
Jean Paul

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Lucille Ball

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the editor and founder of Greeting Card Poet.

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