150 Birthday Quotes and Sayings

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We all appreciate a birthday. Whether it’s yours or someone else’s, these birthday quotes are here to help you celebrate.

Birthdays offer an opportunity to focus attention on the individual and celebrate them. They also offer a new start for the next year of our lives.

A birthday may be the only time of year we see an old friend or family member, and have a chance to show our appreciation for them.

So whether you’re celebrating someone else, trying to write a birthday card, or getting ready for your own birthday, these birthday quotes are the place to start.

Top 10 Birthday Quotes

The best birthdays of all are those that haven’t arrived yet.

Robert Orben

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

William Butler Yeats
Wilfred Peterson quote "Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year"
“Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year.” – Wilfred Peterson

The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday.

Paris Hilton

A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the 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

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

George Meredith
Jean Paul Richter quote "Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time"
“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” – Jean Paul Richter

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

Oprah Winfrey

A birthday is the anniversary of your birth. It’s the time most of us reflect over the past year and what we hope for in the coming year.

Claudia T. Hudson

Quotes about Birthdays

Birthdays are among the most awaited day for children since it evokes fun and games that they can enjoy with their family and friends.

Hal Jordan

To me a birthday means celebrating the presence of an individual in our lives.

Meena Bajaj

Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be.

Nicky Gumbel

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.

Madeleine L’Engle

Birthdays were made for going wild over the people we think are amazing.

Richelle E. Goodrich
Leroy Brownlow quote "A birthday is a time to count our blessings"
“A birthday is a time to count our blessings.” – Leroy Brownlow

We should celebrate every year that we made it through and every year that we’re happier and healthier.

Ellen DeGeneres

I enjoy celebrating birthdays. Everyone should have their birthday celebrated.

Loraine D. Nunley

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.

Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Birthdays are inevitable, beautiful and very particular moments in our lives! Moments that bring precious memories back, celebrate the present times and give hope for the future.

Bsbr Arish

How you celebrate your partner’s birthday will tell them a lot about what they mean to you, and how important the relationship is to you.

Denise Brienne

Your first birthday was a beginning, and each new birthday is a chance to begin again, to start over, to take a new grip on life.

Wilfred Peterson

Indeed, birthdays are special days that mark the growth and accomplishment we have made in the year past, and for more to come in the upcoming year.

Kate S.

A birthday is just another day where you go to work and people give you love.

Abhishek Bachchan

Each new year of life added to your past, changing the way you viewed every new day, influencing how you reacted to everything from the simplest daily routines to complex events touching you, your family, and the world you lived in.

Paul Snyder

New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.

Charles Lamb
Sammy Hagar quote "Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new"
“Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” – Sammy Hagar

A birthday is a time to reflect, to take stock and to look ahead.

Kevan Manwaring

Birthdays mean going through another year of one’s life. It means growing another year older. For me, human birth is the purpose of Gods realization. A birthday simply means another year to complete that goal that we were sent to achieve.

Mr. Benjamin

Don’t wait for birthdays or holidays. Sometimes the most wonderful gifts are the unexpected ones.

Candy Paull

The reason I met my husband was because I remembered a friend’s birthday. The moral of the story is: Remember people’s birthdays.

Julianna Margulies

Why party like it is 1999 when you can party like it is your birthday?


Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.

Audrey Hepburn

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

Buddy Valastro

I don’t pay attention to the number of birthdays.

Ellen DeGeneres

Life seems to fade our memory, so on this birthday I will forget yours if you forget mine!

Kate Summers
"Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake"
“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.” – Edward Morykwas

A birthday is a glorious day filled with good laughter, gladness and great memories.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Having a birthday is like reaching a higher peak on a mountain. Pause to admire the view; reflect on how far you have come.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Birthdays are the best thing we can collect: the more birthdays we collect, the more years we live.

Eraldo Banovac

If someone close to me forgets my birthday, I am heartbroken.

Parineeti Chopra

I’m not really big on gifts. I like giving back on my birthday.

Liza Soberano

Celebrate your journey of life.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Every year, I think you earn the right to eat cake on your birthday.

Bret Hart

Birthday should be considered as a unit of measurement to measure our present status toward success!

Mohith Agadi

Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.

Aretha Franklin

Birthdays and Age

You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.’

Jerry Seinfeld
"We turn not older with years, but newer every day"
“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” – Emily Dickinson

To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn’t wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.

Lionel Blue

Just remember, once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.

Charles Schulz

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

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

Satchel Paige

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.

Mark Twain

Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.

David Bowie

Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

C.S. Lewis

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

One of the best parts of growing older? You can flirt all you like since you’ve become harmless.

Liz Smith
Shirley Bassey birthday quote You don't get older you get better"
“You don’t get older, you get better.” – Shirley Bassey

You know you’re old when the candles cost more than the cake.

Bob Hope

Today you are another year older, and we know how fast time flys as we get older, therefore, live each day and be happy!

Kate Summers

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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.

David Bowie

Your age isn’t you. Use today to feel your best, celebrate and be your very happiest.

M. Rivers

Don’t worry about another birthday, let the best of life has to offer, be your focus! After all none of us knows what tomorrow will bring, live for today, recognize and appreciate the years you have had!

Theodore W. Higginsworth

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

Henri Frederic Amiel

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Golda Meir

A man is getting old when he walks around a puddle instead of through it.

R. C. Ferguson
"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come"
“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare

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

Fred Astaire

I don’t mind getting older; it’s a privilege denied to so many!

Chris Geiger

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.

Kitty Collins

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you have not committed.

Anthony Powell

None are as old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau

It’s not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Birthdays and Growing Up

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

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

Benjamin Franklin

Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are.

Abhishek Bachchan

My life is better with every year of living it.

Rachel Maddow
Kate Summers quote "Never wish your birthday away, be thankful you are alive today"
“Never wish your birthday away, be thankful you are alive today!” – Kate Summers

We should make sure each year of our lives are more interesting than the one before.

Srinivas Rao

A milestone birthday usually means taking the time to consider your life, your goals and what you have accomplished or not accomplished in your life up to this point.

Jenny Mays

A child whose birthday is coming up is so excited, they count down the days. But as we get older we seem to lose the excitement. We need to rethink and be happy we have reached another birthday.

Theodore W. Higginsworth

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

Carl Jung

Another year older, another year wiser.

Allie Blum

We are always the same age inside.

Gertrude Stein

We don’t grow old. When we cease to grow, we become old.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything I know I learned after I was 30.

Georges Clemenceau

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


Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.

Cora Harvey Armstrong
Jonathan Swift quote "No wise man ever wished to be younger"
“No wise man ever wished to be younger.” – Jonathan Swift

Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.

Erich Fromm

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.

Oscar Wilde

Birthday Sayings

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.

Tom Wilson

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.

Woody Allen

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.

Oscar Wilde

May your years be counted not by your age but by how you spend your days.

Catherine Pulsifer

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Cherokee Proverb

Rather than see aging as a reason to contract, we should view it as an opportunity to expand.

Srinivas Rao

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

John Lennon

Have you ever considered that your birthday is truly a day of celebration? A day to recognize the special gift we all received on the day you were born; the gift of you.

Robert Rivers

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 Staughton Lynd
"Birthdays don't come easy - They just come every year"
“Birthdays don’t come easy. They just come every year.” – Danielle Duckery

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Satchel Paige

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Groucho Marx

The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.

Samuel Johnson

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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I find the best birthday plans are the unplanned ones.

Diana Penty

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


It takes a long time to become young.

Pablo Picasso

Happy Birthday Quotes

Your birthday is my pleasure. You are my sweetest treasure.

Danny Demeersseman, More than 300 Wishes for Birthday Greetings

You are a very special person to us and on this day you were born we are remind of the unique and wonderful person that you are.

Kate Summers

Happy birthday, we’re glad you were born.

Rev. Chip Prehn
Robert Rivers quote "Birthdays come but once a year, celebrate and be of good cheer"
“Birthdays come but once a year, celebrate and be of good cheer.” – Robert Rivers

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

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Dr. Seuss

I hope you celebrate your birthday every year no matter your age, for your life truly is a gift.

Anthea Gillian Tripp

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

George Harrison

Select a personal quote to put on birthday and holiday cards to your family and friends. Share the positivity and inspiration.

Ellen Young

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.


I believe that no matter what condition you are in when someone close to your heart remembers your birthday and wishes you a happy birthday, you feel happy.

A. Singala

Birthdays are happy as a child, defeatist with age and joyful again at surviving another year.

Stewart Stafford

A happy birthday is measured not in the amount one of gifts, but in the amount one is loved.

Todd Stocker
"Decorate your birthday with love and memories not with years"
“Decorate your birthday with love and memories not with years.” – Debasish Mridha

Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.

Booth Tarkington

Celebrate your birthday with the greatest joy for the priceless gift of life, be filled with joy that brings renewed strength.

Wayne Chirisa

Go shawty! It’s yo birthday, we gonna party like it’s yo birthday.

Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent

Funny Birthday Quotes

To me old age is 15 years older than I am.

Bernard M. Baruch

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

Lucille Ball

The best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.

E. Joseph Cossman

About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.

Gloria Pitzer

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

John Glenn Quotes

Age is a relative term. All my relatives keep reminding me how old I am.

Melanie White

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My mother is going to have to stop lying about her age because pretty soon I’m going to be older than she is.

Tripp Evans

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

Larry Lorenzoni

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.

Doris Day
"It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are"
“It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are.” – Raymond A. Michel

I’m not just over the hill, I’m down in the holler.

Jewel Seale

As you get older, three things happen: The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.

Norman Wisdom

Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece?

Bobby Kelton

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.

Truman Capote

The older you get the better you get, unless you are a banana.

Betty White

I was brought up to respect my elders, so now I don’t have to respect anybody.

George Burns

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

Robert Frost

Don’t celebrate how old you are, celebrate the years you survived.

Touaxia Vang

Birthdays could be such a bummer when you were older than the country you lived in.

Lynsay Sands

We hope these birthday quotes have you looking forward to a special day and the start of another year.

Birthdays are an important ritual, particularly when many of us may feel undervalued or overlooked in a complex and competitive world.

Some people even dread birthdays as a symbol of getting old, but birthdays are always a milestone worth celebrating! Even if you do get teased for growing a year older, these quotes about birthdays show age is just a number, and that you’re only as old as you feel.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.