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Birthday Quotes and Heartfelt Sentiments to Write in a Card

Create a memorable birthday for your loved one by including one of these funny, romantic, or warm birthday quotes in your card.

Create a memorable birthday for your loved one by including one of these funny, romantic, or warm birthday quotes in your card.

Need Some Ideas for a Birthday Card?

Here are some ideas that go beyond a simple "Happy Birthday" that you can use in a card, email, or message accompanied by flowers.

In this article, you'll find a list of:

  • Birthday quotes
  • Christian birthday blessings
  • Unique messages
  • Funny quotes
  • Romantic birthday wishes

Whether you are looking for birthday wisdom, blessings, humor, or anything in between, you will find something here to make this happy day a little bit happier!

Famous Birthday Quotes

  • "Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time."—Jean Paul Richter
  • "May you live all the days of your life."—Jonathan Swift
  • "With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."—William Shakespeare
  • "It's not how old you are, but how you are old."—Marie Dressler
  • "Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."—Chili Davis
  • "You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again."—Bonnie Prudden
  • "No wise man ever wished to be younger." —Jonathan Swift
  • "The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune."—English Proverb
  • "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."—Jack Benny
  • "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
  • "It is better to wear out than to rust out."—Bishop Richard Cumberland
  • "Youth has no age."—Pablo Picasso
  • "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
  • "The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." —Madeleine L'Engle

Count your life by smiles, not tears,

Count your age by friends, not years.

— John Lennon

Christian Birthday Blessings

  • "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you." Philippians 1:3
  • "The Lord bless you and keep you." Numbers 6:24
  • "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
  • "Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Isaiah 46:4
  • Praying that your day is as special as you are.

Pleas'd to look forward,

pleas'd to look behind,

And count each birthday with a grateful mind.

— Alexander Pope

Funny Birthday Quotes

  • "The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."—Lucille Ball
  • "Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest."—Father Larry Lorenzoni
  • "As you get older, three things happen: The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two."—Norman Wisdom

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

— Samuel Ullman

Romantic Birthday Messages

  • "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made."—Robert Browning
  • "To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." Wishing you a wonderfully sunny birthday!
  • "Every birthday with you is a piece of cake."
  • Special days like this certainly deserve a kiss. xoxo
  • To the world, you may be one person, but to me, you are the world. Happy Birthday!

How to Personalize Someone Else's Words

We can't all put our feelings into words the way Shakespeare or Browning did. But I think reading quotes can give us those "ah ha" moments, when we think, "Yes, that's just what I want to say." When a quote captures your message, use it and add a personal touch. I love to do this by making my own cards. If you're limited by time or crafting ability, buy a pretty box of blank cards, print a quote typed on your computer, cut it out, and insert it inside the card with double-sided tape. Going to that little bit of extra effort means so much. I think you'll also find it saves you time and money, as opposed to making a trip to the store each time you need a birthday card.

Vintage Expressions

These are from vintage ephemera:

"Tis fashionable, my dear,
to remember the day
but forget the year!"

"From my heart, this birthday greeting
Is the fondest I can send;
May happiness abide with you always
And good fortune be your friend."

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

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.

How to Sign Your Card

  • It's always nice to wish the best to someone who really is the best!
  • Here's to celebrating you!
  • Lots of people are thinking of you on your birthday;
    I just wanted to let you know I'm one of them!
  • The most special thing about this card is the person holding it. Best wishes on your birthday and throughout the coming year.
  • May your birthday bring you as much happiness as you give those who know you.


Martha Middleton on December 01, 2019:

Thank you for allowing me to use some of your comments.

Mary Ann on December 29, 2018:

Thank you so much for sharing these with me.

anonymous on June 21, 2013:

I love your sayings. When my mind goes blank I can find a sentiment. Thanks for this website

birthdaywishesquotes on January 13, 2013:

Great presentation in pink!

anonymous on January 05, 2013:

Nice wordings.....

anonymous on January 02, 2013:


imagelist lm on December 23, 2012:

Great lens with valuable info...

anonymous on November 20, 2012:

What a great collection. I'll be back for more ideas later

anonymous on November 12, 2012:

AWSOME,AWSOME AWSOME birthday cards!

anonymous on November 11, 2012:

Absolutely brilliant quotes!

fdurham on October 17, 2012:

Wonderful collection of birthday greetings.

anonymous on September 29, 2012:

Simply beautiful!!! Thanks so much!

anonymous on August 29, 2012:

Wow!! really...... it's a great collection of Bday wishes & compliments in every mood and for every relation, that too on one page :)

funbee lm on August 23, 2012:

I really enjoyed this collection of quotes!

anonymous on August 14, 2012:


anonymous on July 24, 2012:

Awesome collection of birthday greetings in one place. Nice!

Chocolate Pickney from Jamaica on July 17, 2012:

Lovevly lens...thank you

anonymous on July 16, 2012:

wow... it's really easy if you have so many types of wishes in this page... thank you :D

anonymous on June 30, 2012:

NIce words will help us to make hapiee our dear once.. :)

anonymous on May 23, 2012:

@jacksonlee: I agree, very nice birthday quotes and I am positive your daughter will appreciate them!

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anonymous on May 16, 2012:


anonymous on April 19, 2012: