Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.
Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright
From our birthday, until we die, is but the winking of an eye.
—William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) Irish Poet, Dramatist
A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.
New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.
—Charles Lamb (1775–1834) British Essayist, Poet
Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
—Robert South (1634–1716) English Theologian, Preacher
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
—Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) (c.4 BCE–65 CE) Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Tragedian
My wife hasn’t had a birthday in 4 years. She was born in the year of our Lord-only-knows.
Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
Looking fifty is great—if you’re sixty.
Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
—Bernard M. Baruch (1870–1965) American Financier, Economic Consultant
The best years of a woman’s life—the ten years between 39 and 40.
Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of ‘you’ to the world.
The best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.
—E. Joseph Cossman
If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes.
—Euripides (480–406 BCE) Ancient Greek Dramatist
Here lies interred in the eternity of the past, from whence there is no resurrection for the days—whatever there may be for the dust—the thirty-third year of an ill-spent life, which, after a lingering disease of many months sank into a lethargy, and expired, January 22d, 1821, A.D. leaving a successor inconsolable for the very loss which occasioned its existence.
—Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) (1788–1824) English Romantic Poet
For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.
May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.
—Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) American Singer
It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.”
—Sam Levenson (1911–80) American Humorist, Writer, TV Personality, Journalist
They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body.
Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.
—Edward Young (1683–1765) English Poet
To divide one’s life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings.
—Clifton Fadiman (1904–99) American Author, Radio Personality
Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them.
—Ogden Nash (1902–71) American Writer of Sophisticated Light Verse
Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever, and we’ll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end.
—Richard Bach (b.1936) American Novelist, Aviator
I’m not 40, I’m eighteen with 22 years experience.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
—Victor Hugo (1802–85) French Novelist
Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs.
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.
You are only young once, but you can be immature forever.
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 (1709–84) British Essayist
Men are like wine: some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
Last week the candle factory burned down. Everyone just stood around and sang Happy Birthday.
—Steven Wright (b.1955) American Comedian, Actor, Writer
If there’s something that you’re dreaming of then may it all come true, because you deserve it all…happy birthday.
We know we’re getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it.
Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had, and what you’ve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
—Truman Capote (1924–84) American Novelist
Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
—Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000) American Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.
all of us are joining in to say, that May the year which your birthday begins, brings all the special things, that mean the most to you!
At the age of 20, we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it wasn’t thinking of us at all.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
—Robert Frost (1874–1963) American Poet
Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.
—Margaret Fuller (1810–50) American Feminist, Writer, Revolutionary
I’m lost in the middle of my birthday. I want my friends, their touch, with the earth’s last love. I will take life’s final offering; I will take the last human blessing.
—Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) Bengali Poet, Polymath
Forty isn’t old, if you’re a tree.
All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.
—George Harrison (1943–2001) English Singer
Hope your Birthday gently breezes into your life all the choicest of things and all that your heart holds dear Have a Fun-Filled Day.
—Steven Wright (b.1955) American Comedian, Actor, Writer
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
—George William Curtis (1824–92) American Essayist, Public Speaker, Editor, Author
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State