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We all appreciate birthdays. Whether they’re our own, or someone else’s, they offer us an opportunity to focus our attention on the individual and celebrate their achievements, successes and happiness. They also offer a new start – our own personal New Year – for the year ahead.
Birthdays are an important ritual, particularly when many of us can feel undervalued or overlooked in a complex and competitive world. As they come around every year, it can sometimes be hard to express our appreciation in a heartfelt and original way.
That’s why we may want to write a well thought out birthday card. One that is precise and profound, and truly lets the person we are celebrating understand how we feel about them.
However, it’s not always easy to come up with the appropriate message. Saying the right thing, at the right time, is dependent on the personality of our loved one, what they are going through in their life at that time, and our particular relationship with them.
Do we give them some food for thought about aging? Do we offer them some profound life advice? Or do we go for something laid-back and funny?
The following examples will help you find the perfect thing to say, so you can express a message of love, care, and optimism, and help someone celebrate their birthday with pride, passion, and purpose.
So without further ado;
Here are 25 quotes about birthdays to help write a birthday card.
We live in a culture that is so focused on staying young forever, that it instills a certain degree of fear and anxiety about the aging process. What we should be doing instead, is celebrating the wisdom that comes with age. The following quotes can help your loved one see that aging is something to enjoy, not something to worry about!
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
“If you are pining for youth I think it produces a stereotypical old man because you only live in memory, you live in a place that doesn’t exist. Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” – David Bowie
“We live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we are not young, and we’re not glowing, and we’re not hot, that we don’t matter. I refuse to let a system or a culture or a distorted view of reality tell me that I don’t matter. I know that only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life. Every year should be teaching us all something valuable. Whether you get the lesson is really up to you.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. – Franz Kafka
“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher
“There are six myths about old age: 1. That it’s a disease, a disaster. 2. That we are mindless. 3. That we are sexless. 4. That we are useless. 5. That we are powerless. 6. That we are all alike.” – Maggie Kuhn
“One of the best parts of growing older? You can flirt all you like since you’ve become harmless.” – Liz Smith
“We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.” – Lauren Hutton
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” – Mark Twain
Like any annual event, a birthday is an annual milestone that offers us the time and space to reflect on our lives and how far we’ve come. You may want to write a birthday card that offers some life advice to the birthday boy or girl, so they can look back at their life with pride and look forward with a sense of hope and optimism.
“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” – Amit Kalantri
“A friend like you is more priceless than the most beautiful diamond. You are not only strong and wise, but kind and thoughtful as well. Your birthday is the perfect opportunity to show you how much I care, and how grateful I am to have you in my life.” – Anonymous
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
“A birthday is just another day where you go to work and people give you love. Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessing and be happy.” – Abhishek Bachchan
“Rather than see aging as a reason to contract, we should view it as an opportunity to expand. We should make sure each year of our lives are more interesting than the one before.” – Srinivas Rao
“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
“May the love in your heart overshadow any sorrows, and may you always know with a deep inner certainty, how loved you truly are.” – Jodi Livon
“Today you have added another candle of knowledge and wisdom to your life. May it give you the power to enlighten the whole world. On your birthday, I wish you joy and happiness.” – Debasish Mridha
“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are – even if you are getting older. Thank you for being that friend, and happy birthday.” – Anonymous
Funny Sayings & Well Wishes
Sometimes, the best way to celebrate is to be silly. This can serve two purposes; firstly, it can set the mood for the birthday celebration, and secondly, it can help alleviate some of the anxiety around aging. These funny examples will help you to communicate a message that is light-hearted and carefree, and encourages us not to take things so seriously!
“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball
“You know you’re old when the candles cost more than the cake.” – Bob Hope
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! – Dr. Seuss
“Happy birthday to one of the few people whose birthday I can remember without a Facebook reminder.” – Anonymous
“Birthdays are a new start, a fresh beginning and a time to pursue new endeavors with new goals. Move forward with confidence and courage. You are a very special person. May today and all of your days be amazing!” – Anonymous
“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare
“I don’t mind getting older; it’s a privilege denied to so many!” – Chris Geiger