Saturday, April 5, 2008

Birthday Quotes & Sentiments

Here is the first installment of quotes, proverbs, sayings and card sentiments about birthdays, growing old and living life. Hope you find something you can use!! I've collected many many more so I will be adding to these in the future :)

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

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

A Happy Birthday Greeting!

Here's wishing you all the special things in life
That bring you happiness.
Have A Lovely Day!

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

A man over nintey 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

A One-year-old child is so many things -
A tiny discoverer of butterfly wings,
A hugger of Teddies,
A sweet sleepyhead,
And someone to dream for in bright years ahead...

A true friend remembers your birthday but not your age.

After all, tomorrow is another day. - Margaret Mitchell

Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.
Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Jack Benny

All my possessions for one moment of time. - Queen Elizabeth

An old man loved is winter with flowers. - German proverb

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

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
Because you are Special...
Hope your Birthday's something special,
just like you! Have a Great Day!

Best Wishes on Your Birthday!
Blow out the candles, wish away....You’re the SUPERSTAR ~ it's your day!

Born on Monday,
Fair in face;
Born on Tuesday,
Full of God's grace;
Born on Wednesday,
Sour and sad;
Born on Thursday,
Merry and glad;
Born on Friday,
Worthily given;
Born on Saturday,
Work hard for your living;
Born on Sunday,
You will never know want. -

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

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

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

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

Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs.

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

For he's a jolly good fellow,
For he's a jolly good fellow,
For he's a jolly good fellow,
Which nobody can deny - Traditional Song

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

From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents.
From eighteen to thirty-five, she needs good looks.
From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality.
From fifty-five on, she needs good cash. - Sophie Tucker

From morning till night, may your birthday be bright!

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
the last of life,
for which the first was made. - Robert Browning

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.- Chili Davis

Have A GREAT Birthday!

Have a sunny and happy, bright and beautiful magical kind of day! Happy Birthday!

Here's a birthday spanking,
Sent you on a card,One, Two, Three,
Put them right on hard,
Four, Five, Six
One to live on,
one to grow on,
One to make you fat.

Here’s a great big wish for a day full of fun! Happy Birthday!!

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

How far that little candle throws his beams! - William Shakespeare

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

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

I couldn't love anything more than my sweet boy who's turning (fill in age) .

I have everything I had twenty years ago, only it's all a little bit lower. - Gypsy Rose Lee

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

I never forget my wife's birthday.
It's usually the day after she reminds me about it.

I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,
The violets, and the lily-cups,
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs, where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburmum on his birthday,
-The tree is living yet. - Thomas Hood

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.

I wouldn't say that you're've just been young longer than most of us.

If only I may grow: firmer, simpler-quieter, warmer. - Dag Hammarskjold

If you want to be happy, be. - Henry David Thorr

In this busy world we often take those closest to us for granted,
and we don't stop to tell them what's in our hearts...
But today seems like the perfect time to tell you how special you are
and how very much you mean to me. Happy Birthday!

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

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 Schweitezer

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

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

It seems only yesterday,
you were turning one,
Now a year is gone by and my how you’ve grown.
You’re talking and walking and throwing a ball.
And loved a lot, by one and all.
Today we say Happy Birthday to you,
Because today we are watching you turn TWO!

It takes a long time to grow young. - Pablo Picasso

Just want to tell you that you're special,
and to wish you all the joys of a wonderful birthday!
Happy Birthday!

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

Life is like a hot bath.
It feels good while you're in it,
but the longer you stay in,
the more wrinkled you get. - Robbert Oustin

Made this card and made a wish;
That all the nice things you have hoped for will come your way!
Many Happy Returns!

Make hay while the sun shines. - Proverb

May All Your Wishes Come True. Happy Birthday!

May today be filled with all the thing you're wishing for. Happy Birthday!

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

May your birthday bring you as much happiness as you give those who know you.

May your essence claim the freshness of the new laid morning dew.
All of this... and my Birthday wish for you.

May your spirit keep the freedom of a butterfly in spring,
and may your heart be filled always with the joys of simple things.

Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else. - Ogden Nash

Mondays' child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child has to work for it's living,
But a child that's born on the Sabbath day
Is fair and wise and good and gay.

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

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

My heart is like a singing bird...
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me. - Christine Rossetti

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

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

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

No wise man ever wished to be younger. - Jonathan Swift

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

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative. - Maurice Chevalier

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

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

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

PLeas'd look forward, pleas'd to look behind,
And count each birthday with a grateful mind. - Alexander Pope

See the single candle on the birthday cake?
I am turning one year old and this is no mistake.

Sending a greeting on your birthday
For an extra special day,
And wishes for a year ahead
That brings much happiness your way!

Sending warm and loving wishes
Of happiness and cheer,
And everything you need to start
Another happy year!

Seven was heaven but eight is great!!

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

Something's happened!
It happened to me!
Yesterday, I was only three.
But when today
came through the door,
I turned to FOUR! - Joan Walsh Anglund

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

Thank you for making family such a beautiful word. Happy Birthday!

Thank you for your tender love
Of which you'll never really know,
How happy that you've made me
And how much I love you so.

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

The BEST way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once. - H. V. Prochnow

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

The heyday of woman's life is the shady side of fifty. - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

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

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

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

The secret to eternal youth is arrested development. - Alice Roosevelt Longwort

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

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

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

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton

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

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

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year.

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

This is a happy day,
A very happy day for me
This day, everyone will say
Happy Birthday to me!

This is a special birthday wish
That comes with love to you.
It brings warm and heartfelt thanks
For all the thoughtful things you do,
It also comes to let you know
You mean more to me each day
And to everyone your lives have touched
In such a loving way.

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

'Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's incln'd. - Alexander Pope

Today's a very special day
A day to celebrate
For today is your birthday
You've reached the grand old age of (insert age) !

Today take time for you, and enjoy every little thing you do.

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

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

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

Wanted to send you something really nice for your birthday.
Well, what's nicer than this handmade card?
Happy Birthday!

We are always the same age inside. - Gertrude Stein

We are one in love and joy,
In fondness and in worth,
And so as one we celebrate
This day, your day of birth!

We are so fond of one another, because our ailments are the same. - Jonathon Swift

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

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

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

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

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not. - Mark Twain

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

Wishing you a year filled with love and joy. Happy Birthday!!

Wishing you every happiness this special day brings. Have a wonderful birthday!

With every joy and happiness on your special day. Happy Birthday!

Would ye both eat your cake and have your cake? - John Heywood

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. - Mark Twain

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

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.

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

You will recognize, my boy, the first sign of old age: it is when you go out into the streets of London and realize for the first time how young the policemen look. - Sir Seymour Hicks

You'd scarce expect one of my age
To speak in public on the stage,
And if I chance to fall below
Demosthenes or Cicero,
Don't view me with a critic's eye,
But pass my imperfections by.
Large streams from little fountains flow,
Tall oaks from little acorns grow. - David Everett

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

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


  1. holy crap woman!! I'll definitely come back to this post when I need a sentiment. Wow!!

  2. WOW, Roni that must have taken yonks to write up...thanks hun, will be visiting again....fabby!! Hels x

  3. LOL...this is only 10 pages out of 45 that I have collected!! There's lots more to come :)

    and YES! It did take a while to type up - LOL!!

  4. Wow those are so sweet and the cards are so precious.

    Loved all the quotes. Thanks for the collection. I saved it for my collection.

  5. Wow Roni, what a lot of quotes and gorgeous cards too. Thanks for sharing these and I adore your blog

  6. I like the "better to wear out than rust out" quote!! LOL! So true.

  7. What an awesome page, transcends age and gender! My 16 year old son needed something to write in his friends Birthday Card (a 16 year old female friend) He was at a loss (so was I) We googled and found your page. Thanks so much. We used the Pablo Piccaso quote. thanks again. Joining mother and son (sigh)

  8. WOW!!!! I was looking for sentiments to include on my sister's 60th birthday card. I found so many that now I can't choose which one to use. Thanks for all your work. I'll be back.

  9. What a wonderful site - will definitely be visiting again and again.

  10. Your stains rock Roni. Looking forward to your update. Well done!

  11. OMG! This must have taken forever - just bookmarked this page and will never be stressed for sentiments again. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. My goodness, this is fantastic, your so good for sharing :-) I'll never be stuck again!!! Thanks a million XXX

  13. Thanks so much for all these wonderful sentiments! :D


  15. All your collections are wonderful. Your lists will be my go to place! I have been lost in your site for longer than I want to admit!

  16. Quotes are one way to express wishes and I think I'll use some in this case. I'll be sending some happy birthday wishes and I think I'm gonna use some birthday quotes.

  17. Awesome collection of birthday wishes you have here. It feels great to be sending greetings to special people. It makes them feel loved especially on their birthday. These will surely melt the heart of the celebrants, to receive happy birthday wishes , messages, greetings and quotes. Keep up the good work of sharing useful posts. :)

  18. Last weak I have used one birthday quotes for my mother birthday. Thanks for sharing!!


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