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60 Birthday Quotes To Celebrate Life, Age and Friendships

Published on October 3, 2019 7:30 AM EST
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It is always fun to celebrate birthdays, as well as to think about the many things that have been said about or that relate to them. Aside from getting wiser, one can delight in good food and good company.

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Here are some awesome birthday quotes to liven up your big day, and perhaps even share with family and friends.

Remember to also check out our collection of birthday messages for a friend.

Famous Birthday Quotes Celebrating Life

Since first reading Dr. Seuss, my favorite birthday quote has been:

1. “Today you are You; that is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  – Dr. Seuss

Getting older (and hopefully wiser), we face old age, our senior years. Perhaps Emily Dickinson has the right idea:

2. “We turn not older with years, but newer every day” – Emily Dickinson

Sam Hagar reinforced this idea saying:

3. “Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” – Sam Hagar

Can we live with that idea? Here’s what I always say:

4. “Wow, thank you Lord for another great chance to make a difference.”

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Yes, I am grateful that I’m still alive. But life isn’t forever, so remember:

5. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow.

Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Henry Ford agreed:

6. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80.

Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”. – Henry Ford

Band leader, Les Brown emphasized:

7. “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – Les Brown

George Eliot said:

8. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

While I was still in school, I had to read writings by ancient philosophers. I never thought they were relevant to me. As another birthday approaches, I’ve looked at some of those words of wisdom, re-evaluating their relevance.

Perhaps they are things that I’ve learned to live by, to accept – and yes – use as birthday quotes:

9. “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to

give ourselves the gift of living well,” – Voltaire

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A great birthday quote by William Shakespeare’s is:

10. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare

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Mark Twain agreed,

11. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” – Mark Twain

Certainly some good things to remember as we celebrate birthdays! Samuel Ullman said:

12. “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

At birthday gatherings you also might also want to quote:

13. “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words,” – Plautus

14. “Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself,

to become what he potentially is,” – E. Fromm

15. “Age is opportunity no less than youth itself,” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

16. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say,

and what you do are in harmony,” – Mahatma Gandhi

Or you might hear:

17. “I’m like a fine wine. They don’t bring me out very much

But, I am well preserved,” – Rose Kennedy

18. “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,

But beautiful old people are works of art,” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Of course in discussing getting older, other pearls of wisdom are shared:

19. “The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune,” – English Proverb

20. “None are as old as those who have outlived enthusiasm,” – Henry David Thoreau

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21. “It’s not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old,

They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams,” – Gabriel G. Marquez

Another great birthday quote, this one by a comedian is:

22. “Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.

If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter,” – Jack Benny

Another by George Burns is,

23. “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns

With laughter, Bob Hope said,

24. “You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” – Bob Hope

Who would want to fix things?

25. “If we could be twice young and twice old,

we could correct all our mistakes,” – Euripides

For those with a strong belief in God:

26. “Our life is a gift from the Creator. Your gift back to the Creator is what you do with your life,” – Billy Mills

Hearts are always mentioned with birthdays:

27. “Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty –

They merely move it from their faces into their hearts,” – Martin Buxbaum

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28. “The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious,” – Martin Luther
Some U.S. Presidents have made some birthday quotes:

29. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place,
then stand firm,” – Lincoln

30. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Lincoln

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31. “Let us seek the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.

Let us accept our own responsibility for the future,” – Kennedy

Words of wisdom for aging from Confucius:

32. “Study the past if you would define the future!”

33. “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, so long as you don’t stop.”

34. “Choose a job you love.You will never have to work a day in your life.”

35. “The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”

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As we grow older, may we remember these wise quotes:

35. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive
But the one most responsive to change,” – Darwin

36. “It’s the mark of an educated mind to be able to
entertain a thought without accepting it,” – Aristotle

37. “Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving,” – Einstein

38. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off the goal,” – Henry Ford

39. “Don’t celebrate how old you are,
celebrate the years you survived.” – Touaxia Vang

40. “Don’t anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen,” – Ben Franklin

Happy Birthday Quotes and Wishes to make you strong

41. “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis

42. “Count your age by friends, not years, your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

43. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Tolkien

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So, as we all age – day by day, and as I pray I get to reach 70 in a couple of years, I often repeat this quote:

44. “I don’t mind getting older; it’s a privilege denied to so many!” ― Chris Geiger, ‘The Cancer Survivors Club’

45. “A birthday is the anniversary of your birth. It’s the time most of us reflect over the past year and what we hope for in the coming year.” – Claudia T Hudson

46. “Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be. Make the most of it!” – Nicky Gumbel

47. “There are two attitudes you can have when it comes to your birthday:
1. be thankful you have lived another year.
or, 2. complain about being a year older.” – Catherine Pulsifer

48. “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

49. “Your age isn’t you. Use today to feel your best, celebrate and be your very happiest.” – M. Rivers

50. “A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” – Amit Kalantri

More birthday quotes for friends, family and loved ones

51. “A birthday is not a day to fear. It is a day to celebrate and look forward to the coming year.” – Byron Pulsifer

52. “Birthdays are inevitable, beautiful and very particular moments in our lives! Moments that bring precious memories back, celebrate the present times and give hope for the future.” – Bsbr Arish

53. “Your birthday is my pleasure. You are my sweetest treasure.” – Danny Demeersseman

54. “We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.” – Lauren Hutton

55. “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

56. “I enjoy celebrating birthdays. Everyone should have their birthday celebrated.” – Loraine D. Nunley

57. “May your years be counted not by your age
but by how you spend your days.” – Catherine Pulsifer

58. “Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” – Jean Paul Richter

59. “Birthdays come but once a year, celebrate and be of good cheer.” Robert Rivers

60. “Each year as our birthday comes, our thoughts and beliefs may change a bit from year to year. But believe our wish for you is always the same, may you find happiness and blessings all of your days!” – Catherine Pulsifer

Did you find your favorite birthday quotes here?

Birthdays are special days – not only to celebrate among people we love, but also to remind us of how far we’ve come in life. During this occasion, keep these beautiful quotes handy as a gift to yourself.

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