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Birthday Quotes and Heartfelt Sentiments to Write in a Card

Patrice loves all things creative, especially when they are shared with others. You can often find her using a quote to personalize 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!"

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"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:

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

GreenMind Guides from USA on January 26, 2012:

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

jeremykim2011 on January 25, 2012:

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

juliewolfonline on January 17, 2012:

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

Edutopia on January 15, 2012:

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

anonymous on December 11, 2011:

Love it! And use it! Thank you!

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

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 on November 09, 2011:

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

anonymous on November 05, 2011:


friendshipquotes on September 20, 2011:

great wishes for birthday!

anonymous on September 14, 2011:

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

anonymous on September 08, 2011:


jacksonlee on July 31, 2011:

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

stephen343 on July 13, 2011:

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 on July 05, 2011:

anonymous on June 27, 2011:

it was nice and i love it a lot

stephen343 on June 04, 2011:

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

AuthorNormaBudden on May 28, 2011:

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.

magento-templates on May 25, 2011:

Thank you! Your lens helped ;-)

Wmartin1963 on May 09, 2011:

Nice Lens,

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


RetroMom on April 25, 2011:

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

anonymous on April 13, 2011:

Thanks dude, great wishes.

anonymous on April 11, 2011:

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

anonymous on April 04, 2011:

lovely lens

ankandhk on March 17, 2011:


anonymous on March 14, 2011:

absolutely helpful, entertaining and full of heartful sentiments

anonymous on March 06, 2011:

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

anonymous on February 17, 2011:

Thank you for all the great sentiments!

Missmerfaery444 on February 14, 2011:

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

stephen343 on February 01, 2011:

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 on January 28, 2011:

Great work!

I just featured your lens at mine :)

anonymous on January 28, 2011:

great it.

gravityx9 on January 26, 2011:

great lens with lots of wonderful quotes! THUMBS UP!

Vikki from US on January 24, 2011:

*blessed* by a squid angel;)

HeatherTodd1 on January 23, 2011:

Nice lens,you have covered good number of points

scar4 on January 06, 2011:

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

anonymous on December 31, 2010:

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

jackieb99 on December 30, 2010:

Thanks for the inspiration!

spider-girl on December 18, 2010:

Very useful for me :)

anonymous on November 27, 2010:

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 on November 24, 2010:

Thank You Very much for sharing this with us

anonymous on November 16, 2010:

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 on November 08, 2010:

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

sudeep13582 lm on October 29, 2010:

nice lens about birthday...

here is another one about online greetings and its craze

anonymous on October 16, 2010:

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

Joyfulmusic90 on October 15, 2010:

Cool sentiments!

anonymous on October 14, 2010:

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

Sue Mah from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 06, 2010:

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

RebeccaE on October 05, 2010:

some great ideas thanks

VarietyWriter2 on September 30, 2010:


Jeanette from Australia on September 17, 2010:

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

CherylsArt on September 17, 2010:

Lovely birthday expressions. Lensrolling to my birthday card lens.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on September 14, 2010:

Wonderful expressions. Love the vintage.

ohcaroline on September 14, 2010:

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

RCPlanesandCopt on August 25, 2010:

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

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BooJeeBeads on August 24, 2010:

Wonderful share!

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

anonymous on August 21, 2010:

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

anonymous on August 20, 2010:

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 on August 19, 2010:

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

anonymous on August 18, 2010:

Thank you, this was was lovely.

anonymous on August 15, 2010:

i really like poems its really greats...

anonymous on August 14, 2010:

I love the poems and quotes.

anonymous on August 09, 2010:

thanks.. like it

anonymous on August 09, 2010:

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

anonymous on August 06, 2010:

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 on August 05, 2010:

awesome - thank you - just what I needed!

anonymous on July 25, 2010:

Very nice messages for all. I like it.

good going... Enjoy life.

anonymous on July 23, 2010:

Great lines..thanks

anonymous on July 21, 2010:

Really nice! I was xactly searching for these.

anonymous on July 08, 2010:

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

Rose4u on June 30, 2010:

Love these quotes, wonderful lens :)

anonymous on June 27, 2010:

superb website for beautiful quotes

anonymous on April 28, 2010:

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

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on April 24, 2010:

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

nelabai on April 23, 2010:

Beautiful lens, lovely greetings

Patricia on April 19, 2010:

WOnderful! Blessing this lens!

LoKackl on March 07, 2010:

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

monarch13 on February 07, 2010:

Great ideas, thanks!

Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on January 24, 2010:

Wonderful lens! *blessed by an angel*

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