As I approach my 40th birthday, I find myself doing a serious search for inspiring birthday quotes.
I would blame my nostalgia on hitting a milestone birthday, but to be honest, I do this every year around my birthday. Quotes always seem to help with my anxiety about aging.
Enjoy some quotes for my birthday and when your birthday comes around!
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“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
“An angel you have been to me. Today, on this special day I want you to know how much you are loved and appreciated every day of the year. Happy Birthday.” ~ Catherine Pulsifer
“In other words, live vicariously, beautifully, and excitingly, discover, love, dare and act as there is nothing to lose.” ~ Andy Hertz, Life, The Best Birthday Gift
“I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth. ” ~
“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ~ Lucile Ball
“Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be. Make the most of it!” ~ Nicky Gumbel
“There is still no cure for the common birthday.”
“Deep down I believe my year was a special year: it produced me.” ~
“If your Birthday is on Christmas day and you’re not Jesus, you should start telling people your birthday is on June 9 or something. Just read up on the traits of a Gemini. Suddenly you’re a multitasker who loves the color yellow. Because not only do you get stuck with them combo gift, you get the combo song. “We wish you a merry Christmas – and happy birthday, Terry – we wish you a merry Christmas – happy birthday, Terry – we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Ye – Birthday, Terry!” ~
“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” ~
“When confronted with a birthday in a week I will remember that a book can be a really good present, too.” ~
“Link says if a girl says not to get her a birthday present that means get me a birthday present and make sure it’s jewelry.” ~
“I don’t mind getting older; it’s a privilege denied to so many!” ~
“Happy birthday,” she said. “And next time? Eat the stupid cupcake.” ~
“Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.” ~ Tom Wilson
“Celebrate your journey of life.” ~
“I see birthdays as a reward for having shown up 365 in a row. It’s like getting a badge for attendance.” ~
“The universe wanted you to celebrate and appreciate your life so every year she gave you a birthday.”
“The joy and heartache of an 18th birthday from a mother’s heart. Extremely proud, yet fragile feelings with bountiful heartfelt memories of all the joy you bring each day. I love you with all my heart and want everything for you and more . Bless this world with your joyful presence, as you share your gifts in this world.” ~
“Birthday marks the beginning of a new year, new hopes and new dreams! So, we should never blow out the candle before cutting the cake on such a day. Let the candle burn! Let it spread light everywhere!” ~
“Two days are the most important days of your life, first is the day when you were born and second is the day when you realized that you were never born.”
“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
“I celebrate myself, I paint and dance and sing myself, and what I assume you will assume, for every atom as of me as good belongs to dreamy You. I am a song. I am a poem. I am the soil and a gem. I am a stargate and a voyage. I am the ocean and your soul.” ~
“Birthdays were made for going wild over the people we think are amazing.” ~
“You know how most people dread a birthday… Well, I feel the exact opposite. I feel that every day is an extraordinary gift. Just to be here, and especially to be here with you.” ~
“Birthday should be considered as a unit of measurement to measure our present status toward success!” ~
“The only way that getting older can be a bad thing is if you are not fully living in the moment now.” ~
“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
“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” ~ George Meredith
“Every birthday celebrates a life because every life is important.” ~
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“The paradox of life; everyone desire a fuller life. But no one wishes to increase in age.”
“I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.” ~ Thomas Edison
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
“You were born and with you endless possibilities, very few ever to be realized. It’s okay. Life was never about what you could do, but what you would do.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“I was brought up to respect my elders, so now I don’t have to respect anybody.” ~ George Burns
“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” ~ John Mason
“The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.” ~ Oscar Wilde
“Live everyday like your birthday and drive your life with all varieties of appreciation. A life live with thanksgiving every day is never tired of being lived again and again!” ~ Israelmore Ayivor
“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 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 blessings and be happy.” ~ Abhishek Bachchan
“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
“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. Believe in yourself, be all that you were born to be!” ~ Kate Summers
“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” ~ Charles Lamb
“Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year. 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
“May you receive many gifts, and may your day be joyous, and best of all may you be surrounded by family and friends. May all you wish for come true.” ~ Theodore W. Higginsworth
“Your birth day happens once, it is the day you were born, why wait until the anniversary of your birth date to celebrate you?
Every day is the anniversary of your BIRTH DAY if you counted in DAYS not YEARS
So celebrate DAILY not YEARLY
Treat yourself with kindness every day, spoil yourself, do things that make you happy, do things that are fun.
You are a very special soul, a unique individual, a precious person.
Enjoy celebrating YOU, EVERYDAY” ~
“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, Love: In Search of a Reason for Living
“A birthday is not a day to fear. It is a day to celebrate and look forward to the coming year.” ~ Byron Pulsifer
“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
“No wise man ever wished to be younger.” ~ Jonathan Swift
“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” ~ George Harriso
“You don’t get older, you get better.” ~ Shirley Bassey
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” ~ Emily Dickinson
“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. You are appreciated, you are loved. As another year begins for you may you be filled with the thoughts of how special you are to all of us! Thank you for sharing your life with us.” ~ Robert Rivers
“I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith
“My life is better with every year of living it.” ~ Rachel Maddow
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm… As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
“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
“Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard, there is nothing you can do about it.” ~ Golda Meir
“To me old age is 15 years older than I am.” ~ Bernard M. Baruch
“Did you know the birthday cake dates back to the ancient Romans? Or that the birthday song started off as a school song?” ~ Madison Matthews, Children’s Book About Birthdays
“If we kept a journal and each year on our birthday we wrote the most significant thing that occurred in our life, and what we learned from this, then we would have a legacy to pass on to our children.” ~ Catherine Pulsifer
“Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” ~ Sammy Hagar
“A lot of adults ignore their birthdays and wouldn’t know what to do to celebrate if asked but let’s face it; adults enjoy parties as much as kids do!” ~ Inga Marlston
“There are many gifts that we give through the course of a year, and some of these are for special people in our lives as well as for many friends and family. Sometimes, these gifts are really no more than an acknowledgement of friendship, or those given to commemorate a special day like a wedding anniversary or a birthday.” ~ Byron Pulsifer, Gift of Love
“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~ Satchel Paige
“It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are.” ~ Raymond A. Michel
“For me a birthday means making someone special, at least for that one day. Just like we celebrate the New Year, or any other festival, all the other things are for everyone or for a particular community but birthdays are the only time when the Birthday girl or boy can feel special.” ~ A. Singla
“The best birthdays of all are those that haven’t arrived yet.” ~ Robert Orben
“Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece?” ~ Bobby Kelton
“The advantage of being eighty years old is that one has many people to love.” ~ Jean Renoir
“How do you find out what a person wants for Christmas or a birthday? Make them think you already bought a gift and ask them to guess what it is. Their top three guesses are usually three things that they want.” ~ David Fletcher Chase, Manipulate Anyone
“What is a birthday without a cake, at least one candle burning on it, and a huddle of well-wishers, wearing clownish hats, singing in their ragged, hoary voices?” ~ Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God
“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” ~ Larry Lorenzoni
“Age is a relative term. All my relatives keep reminding me how old I am.” ~ Melanie White
Regardless of how I feel about getting old, it is amazing to have one day of each year to celebrate just being me.
Celebrate your life always but take your birthday to remind yourself ~ and others ~ just how amazing you really are.
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