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Birthday Quotes and Sentiments to Write in a Card

Updated on September 02, 2016

Need Some Ideas for Your Birthday Wishes?

Here are ideas beyond "Happy Birthday" to use in signing a card, composing an email, or sending a message with flowers.

I have quotes and wishes organized and ready for easy access according to the type of sentiment you need. Whether you are looking for birthday wisdom, blessings, humor, or anything in between, you will find something here to make the happy day a little bit happier!

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

Count your life by smiles, not tears,

Count your age by friends, not years.

— John Lennon

Christian 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
  • Praying that your day is as special as you are.
  • "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

Pleas'd to look forward,

pleas'd to look behind,

And count each birthday with a grateful mind.

— Alexander Pope

Signature Ideas

  • 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.

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

Warm Wishes and Quotes

• "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

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

Birthday Humor

• "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

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.


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    • anonymous 3 years ago

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

    • birthdaywishesquotes 4 years ago

      Great presentation in pink!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice wordings.....

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Great lens with valuable info...

    • anonymous 4 years ago

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

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      AWSOME,AWSOME AWSOME birthday cards!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely brilliant quotes!

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      fdurham 4 years ago

      Wonderful collection of birthday greetings.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Simply beautiful!!! Thanks so much!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      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 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this collection of quotes!

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome collection of birthday greetings in one place. Nice!

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      Mesha 4 years ago

      Lovevly lens...thank you

    • anonymous 4 years ago

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

    • anonymous 4 years ago

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

    • anonymous 4 years ago

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

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It's too Nice.........................

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      greenmind 4 years ago

      This is a really great lens. More like this! I'm trying to come up with cool ideas like this...

    • jeremykim2011 4 years ago

      Bookmarked this for the next celebrant. Thank you for sharing these nice quotes!

    • juliewolfonline 5 years ago

      Thank you. Good ones, great lens! I will send people here to ideas on Birthday Greetings to send on Skype.

    • Edutopia 5 years ago

      Great lens, chock full of nifty little tidbits. Never a wrong way to say happy birthday!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Love it! And use it! Thank you!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas for putting in cards, I bought some really great software from Amazon and I plan to use that for my Christmas Cards this year and now I have some excellent suggestions to put in them

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for these quotes. Loved the way they're ordered.

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    • friendshipquotes 5 years ago

      great wishes for birthday!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks a lot i do like this birthday greetings, really helpful xxx

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    • jacksonlee 5 years ago

      Truly, this are wonderful birthday quotes, this can be perfect for my daughter who will be having a debut in the next 2 months, Thanks for sharing this one. brand names

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      stephen343 5 years ago

      Here is a beautiful birthday quote for young people:

      "At young age, every thing looks possible and everyone looks friendly"

      There is a nice collection of birthday quotes here. Thanks

    • anonymous 5 years ago

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      it was nice and i love it a lot

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      stephen343 5 years ago

      That's impressive collection of birthday greetings and quotes. I am creating a website on happy birthday wishes (now live), I hope you will like it. Thanks

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      AuthorNormaBudden 5 years ago

      I enjoyed my visit to your lens. I certainly had a few laughs. I like Lucille Ball's quote - though I have never lied about my age.

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      magento-templates 5 years ago

      Thank you! Your lens helped ;-)

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      Wmartin1963 5 years ago

      Nice Lens,

      thanks for posting it, there are helpful things on here.


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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Age doesn't matter as long as you look young. :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks dude, great wishes.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The poems are great and the greeting cards are affordable, inexpensive and best thing about them is they can be hand-crafted.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      lovely lens

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      absolutely helpful, entertaining and full of heartful sentiments

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I truly enjoed you site. Wonderful, heartfelt sentiments. Thank you for sharing!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for all the great sentiments!

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      Wonderful selection of quotes and birthday blessings! Here's a special Cupid's Kiss Blessing from the Birthdays SquidAngel!

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      stephen343 5 years ago

      That's impressive collection of birthday greetings and quotes. I am creating a website on happy birthday wishes (currently in process), I hope you will like it. Thanks

    • Elenaind 5 years ago

      Great work!

      I just featured your lens at mine :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      great it.

    • gravityx9 5 years ago

      great lens with lots of wonderful quotes! THUMBS UP!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      *blessed* by a squid angel;)

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      HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

      Nice lens,you have covered good number of points

    • scar4 6 years ago

      You've done a great job, thanks for sharing it.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      wow what wonderful quotes i don't know which to chose b'cause they're all good or let me say the best.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Thanks for the inspiration!

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      spider-girl 6 years ago

      Very useful for me :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      what a wonderful words with every single means, which is fit in general of age.......

      My girlfriend will absolutely love me much with these brilliant idea.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank You Very much for sharing this with us

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      it took me long to think/write wishes! ... with these, i can now write them in seconds! thanks for sharing...very much appreciated!

    • ulla_hennig 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing those quotes - I have been looking for something like this!

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      sudeep13582 lm 6 years ago

      nice lens about birthday...

      here is another one about online greetings and its craze

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: This s very good. Cute lines...

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      Joyfulmusic90 6 years ago

      Cool sentiments!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot its really helpful for the dumb birthday wishers like me

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      Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Very lovely birthday greetings. So much better than just plain Happy Birthday.

    • RebeccaE 6 years ago

      some great ideas thanks

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Very helpful suggestions. I often draw a blank when writing in cards ;-)

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Lovely birthday expressions. Lensrolling to my birthday card lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful expressions. Love the vintage.

    • ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Well said...well always! You are so cool.

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      RCPlanesandCopt 6 years ago

      Thanks much for the great ideas! I'll be back again and again, I'm sure!

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    • BooJeeBeads 6 years ago

      Wonderful share!

      It's really great for those who wants to make cards for love ones.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      old fart, young heart... that's perfect for my funny uncle! thanks

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the lens - I love the way you have provided a variety of interesting and cool birthday quotes. It will save many people searching for birthday quotes for themselves. Anyway if you have the time, check out my very own Birthday Quotes website

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much !! There are so many wonderful verses, I'll be back many times!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you, this was lovely.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i really like poems its really greats...

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the poems and quotes.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks.. like it

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I really like the quotes and poems... they're so sentimental! I found just what I needed! Thanks!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      any thoughts on what i can say to a very special 13 year old. just telling her about the new world she will be entering, etc.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      awesome - thank you - just what I needed!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice messages for all. I like it.

      good going... Enjoy life.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lines..thanks

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Really nice! I was xactly searching for these.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello, Truly lovely versus. I searched all the net and found your as the type I was looking for. Thankyou

    • Rose4u 6 years ago

      Love these quotes, wonderful lens :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      superb website for beautiful quotes

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Ide t'mira per ti uruar the dashurit tane per ditelindje:) Thnx for this

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      You are right! i do have trouble knowing what to write in blank cards. These are great recommendations!

    • nelabai 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, lovely greetings

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      WOnderful! Blessing this lens!

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      Fun and lovely lens! 5*/fav/roll to Free Bereavement Verses.

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      monarch13 6 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks!

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      Wonderful lens! *blessed by an angel*

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    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Great Quotes! Keep 'em coming. They are great for when one can't seem find the right words..

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice! I like the list of quotes you have presented. I will definitely use some of these quotes. 5*

      Hope you could visit my lenses and this fb page. Thanks

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting quotes are worth .Words are best to express our feelings.I like Romantic quotes.


      Romantic Birthday Ideas

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      great quote . Thanks

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      awesome quotes. were of great help


    • anonymous 7 years ago

      happy birthday

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. Some of the quotes are outstanding. They are evergreens of wisdom and love and speak from and to the heart alone.

      Here's another timeless quote for a dear one's birthday, or on any day :

      "Treasure this day

      And treasure yourself.

      Truly, neither will ever

      Happen again."

      Ray Bradbury

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