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the world's greatest thinkers, philosophers, comedians and artists with the perfect birthday quote.

Quotes by Authors A - E

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
- A. W. Pinero

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years
- Abraham Lincoln

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.
- Abraham Sutzkever

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

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

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

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

Life is too short to be small.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
- Bernard M. Baruch

After 30, a body has a mind of its own.
- Bette Midler

Your life is a gift from the Creator. Your gift back to the Creator is what you do with your life.
- Billy Mills

He not busy being born is busy dying.
- Bob Dylan

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
- Bob Hope

You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
- Bob Hope

Middle age is when you still believe you'll feel better in the morning.
- Bob Hope

First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly.
- Branch Rickey

Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.
- Brigitte Bardot

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

One-half of life is luck, the other hand is discipline--and that's the important half, for without discipline, you wouldn't know what to do with luck.
- Carl Zuckmeyer

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

A birthday is a time to reflect on the year gone by, but to also set your goals for the upcoming year.
- Catherine Pulsifer

Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
- C.E.M. Joad

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
- Charles Schulz

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 Expression

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

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

Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying.
- Christian Furchtegott Gellert

The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.
- Cicero

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

The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men.
- Colleen McCullough

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.
- Cora Harvey Armstrong

Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier.
- Dan Bennett

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.
- Daniel Francois Esprit Auber

Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once.
- Dave Barry

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.
- Dave Weinbaum

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
- Don Marquis

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

Youth is a disease from which we all recover.
- Dorothy Fulheim

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

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.
- E. Joseph Cossman

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

Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.
- Eileen Caddy

It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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

We turn not older with years but newer every day.
- Emily Dickenson

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

A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.
- Erma Bombeck

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

Quotes by Authors F - J

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

You've heard of the three ages of man - youth, age, and "you are looking wonderful."
- Francis Cardinal Spellman

Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

May you live to be a hundred and may the last voice you hear be mine.
- Frank Sinatra

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

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

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

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

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
- George Bernard Shaw
People ask me what I'd most appreciate getting for my eighty-seventh birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit.
- George Burns
I'm sixty years of age. That's 16 Celsius.
- George Carlin

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
- George Eliot

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

Live for something rather than die for nothing.
- George Patton

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

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

To change and to change for the better are two different things.
- German proverb

We are always the same age inside.
- Gertrude Stein

Everyone is the age of their heart.
- Guatemalan Proverb

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

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

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

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

Youth comes but once in a lifetime.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
- Herbert Asquith

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
- Ingrid Bergman

Let us respect grey hairs, especially our own.
- J.P. Sears

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

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
- Jack London

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

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

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

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.
- Jerry M. Wright
If you want to look young and thin, hang around old fat people.
- Jim Eason

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
- Jimi Hendrix

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes by Authors K - O

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

If you survive long enough, you're revered-rather like an old building.
- Katherine Hepburn

Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.
- Les Brown

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
- Les Brown

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents and only one for birthday presents, you know.
- Lewis Carroll

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

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

Remember this - very little is needed to make a happy life.
- Marcus Aurelius

You will give yourself peace of mind if you perform every act of your life as if it were your last.
- Marcus Aurelius

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Live not one's life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last.
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

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

After all, tomorrow is another day.
- Margaret Mitchell

Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.
- Marilyn Ferguson

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.
- Mario Fernandez

Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
- Mark Twain

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

Believing hear, what you deserve to hear: Your birthday as my own to me is dear...But yours gives most; for mine did only lend Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend.
- Martial

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.
- Mary Schmich

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

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

Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them."
- Ogden Nash

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

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.
- Ogden Nash

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

For him in vain the envious seasons roll, who bears eternal summer in his soul.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Thirty-five is a very attractive age; London society is full of women who have of their own free choice remained thirty-five for years.
- Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

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

Those whom the gods love grow young.
- Oscar Wilde

Quotes by Authors P - T

Youth has no age.
- Pablo Picasso

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

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt, as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
- Paul H. Duhn

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

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

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.
- Plato

The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines.
- Plato

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
- Plautus

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

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty.
- Robert Frost

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

The best birthdays of all are those that haven't arrived yet.
- Robert Orben

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

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.
- Sam Ewing

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

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.
- Samuel Smiles

As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two.
- Sir Norman Wisdom

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

However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
- Solomon

The glory of young men is their strength, grey hair the splendor of the old.
- Solomon
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
- Solomon

Last week the candle factory burned down. Everyone just stood around and sang "Happy Birthday."
- Steven Wright

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

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
- Thomas B. Aldrich

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

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
- Tom Wilson

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

Quotes by Authors U - Z

"Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world."
- Unknown

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip!
- Unknown

A true friend remembers your birthday but not your age.
- Unknown

A well-adjusted woman is one who not only knows what she wants for her birthday, but even knows what she's going to exchange it for.
- Unknown

Age is a number and mine is unlisted.
- Unknown

Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake.
- Unknown

Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs."
- Unknown

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

I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now.
- Unknown

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."
- Unknown

May you live to be a hundred years, With one extra year to repent.
- Unknown

They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body.
- Unknown

Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
- Unknown

Today, be aware of how you are spending your 1,440 beautiful moments, and spend them wisely.
- Unknown

We know we're getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it.
- Unknown

When I have a birthday I take the day off. But when my wife has a birthday, she takes a year or two off.
- Unknown

You're not forty; you're eighteen with twenty two years of experience.
- Unknown

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

From our birthday, until we die, is but the twinking of an eye.
- William Bulter Yeats

You'll find as you grow older that you weren't born such a great while ago after all. The time shortens up.
- William Dean Howells

Have you not a moist eye, a dry hand, a yellow cheek, a white beard, a decreasing leg, an increasing belly? Is not your voice broken, your wind short, your chin double, your wit single, and every part about you blasted with antiquity?
- William Shakespeare

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

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

Our birth is buy 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

The first hundred years are the hardest.
- Wilson Mizner

Never, never, never, never give up.
- Winston Churchill



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