109 Happy Birthday Quotes That Don’t Suck

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Do you see birthdays as something special to be marked, or would you rather bury your head in the sand and pretend it’s not happening? Whether it’s cause for celebration or commiseration, these wise words will help you to see what a blessing each passing year is.

The weight of another 12 months might weigh heavily on your shoulders, but changing your mindset – even just a little – can mean the difference between a big day and a bad day. Take your pick from these fab happy birthday quotes, and use them to turn each milestone to your advantage.

From Mark Twain’s succinct message about wrinkles and smiles, to Mahatma Gandhi’s musings about what we think, say, and do, these happy birthday quotes can give you the reminder you need to enjoy life, however many candles are on your cake. Use them as a birthday gift to yourself, or to write in a card for a loved one who needs reminding of the fact that age is an honor that many people never get the chance to experience.

For a more personalized approach, also take a look at these mother daughter quotes, these family quotes and these soulmate quotes (for friends, pets and lovers).

Happy Birthday Quotes

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal,

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

Don’t just count your years, make your years count.

“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith

Age is opportunity no less than youth itself.

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

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Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.

“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.” – Edward Morykwas

You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.

“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” – John Mason

Your age isn’t you. Use today to feel your best, celebrate and be your very happiest.

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

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Don’t celebrate how old you are. Celebrate the years you survived.

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

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, but the one most responsive to change.

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

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” – Brian Tracy

A birthday is a time to count our blessings.

“A birthday is a time to count our blessings.” – Leroy Brownlow

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.

“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

Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be. Make the most of it!

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

None are as old as those who have outlived enthusiasm,

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

Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.

“Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.” – Booth Tarkington

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.

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

Birthday should be considered as a unit of measurement to measure our present status toward success!

“Birthday should be considered as a unit of measurement to measure our present status toward success!” – Mohith Agadi

Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is,

“Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is,” – E. Fromm

A birthday is not a day to fear. It is a day to celebrate and look forward to the coming year.

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

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wings of time.

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

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.

“The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.”Oscar Wilde

We are always the same age inside

“We are always the same age inside” – Gertrude Stein

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,” – Mahatma Gandhi

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune,

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

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.

“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” – Larry Lorenzoni

The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious,

“The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious,” – Martin Luther

Today you are another year older, and we know how fast time flys as we get older, therefore, live each day and be happy!

“Today you are another year older, and we know how fast time flys as we get older, therefore, live each day and be happy!” – Kate Summers

Your birthday is my pleasure. You are my sweetest treasure.

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

I enjoy celebrating birthdays. Everyone should have their birthday celebrated.

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

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

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

Rather than see aging as a reason to contract, we should view it as an opportunity to expand. We should make each year of our lives are more interesting than the one before.

“Rather than see aging as a reason to contract, we should view it as an opportunity to expand. We should make each year of our lives are more interesting than the one before.” – Srinivas Rao

It is lovely, when I forgot all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.

“It is lovely, when I forgot all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.” – Ellen Glasgow

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”Abraham Lincoln

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!

“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

Birthdays are happy as a child, defeatist with age and joyful again at surviving another year.

“Birthdays are happy as a child, defeatist with age and joyful again at surviving another year.” – Stewart Stafford

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.

“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

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.

“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

You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.

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

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.

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

It’s sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.

“It’s sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.” – Brigitte Bardot

Love the giver more than the gift.

“Love the giver more than the gift.” – Brigham Young

The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday.

“The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday.” – Paris Hilton

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Jack Benny

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” – Satchel Paige

You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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

A birthday is like a new year and my wish for you is a great year full of happiness and sunshine!

“A birthday is like a new year and my wish for you is a great year full of happiness and sunshine!” – Catherine Pulsifer

Count your age by friends, not years, your life by smiles, not tears.

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

Don’t anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen.

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

You don’t get older, you get better.

“You don’t get older, you get better.” – Shirley Bassey

I don’t mind getting older; it’s a privilege denied to so many!

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

The way I see it, you should live everyday like it’s your birthday.

“The way I see it, you should live everyday like it’s your birthday.” – Paris Hilton

Every birthday celebrates a life because every life is important.

“Every birthday celebrates a life because every life is important.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

Our life is a gift from the Creator. Your gift back to the Creator is what you do with your life,

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

I’m like a fine wine. They don’t bring me out very much, but I am well preserved.

“I’m like a fine wine. They don’t bring me out very much, but I am well preserved.” – Rose Kennedy

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.

“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

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

It’s not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams,

“It’s not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams,” – Gabriel G. Marquez

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

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

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.

“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

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.

“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.” – Lewis Carroll

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.

“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 my age flowers scare me.

“At my age flowers scare me.” – George Burns

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

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

If we could be twice young and twice old, we could correct all our mistakes,

“If we could be twice young and twice old, we could correct all our mistakes,” – Euripides

Birthdays come but once a year, celebrate and be of good cheer.

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

Our hope this year, for you my dear, is a year of happiness and joy. May the coming year bring all you dream of and more!

“Our hope this year, for you my dear, is a year of happiness and joy. May the coming year bring all you dream of and more!” – Catherine Pulsifer

The only way that getting older can be a bad thing is if you are not fully living in the moment now.

“The only way that getting older can be a bad thing is if you are not fully living in the moment now.” – Andrena Sawyer

Every day is a gift. But some days are packaged better.

“Every day is a gift. But some days are packaged better.” – Sanhita Baruah

When you wake up every day, it’s like a new birthday: it’s a new chance to be great again and make great decisions.

“When you wake up every day, it’s like a new birthday: it’s a new chance to be great again and make great decisions.” – Poo Bear

Birthdays are special days. It reminds us of that day when the heavens gave miracles our way. You are a MIRACLE. Bless yourself. Bless others. Be a blessing.

“Birthdays are special days. It reminds us of that day when the heavens gave miracles our way. You are a MIRACLE. Bless yourself. Bless others. Be a blessing.” – Mystqx Skye

A birthday is a time to reflect, to take stock and to look ahead. It is the day you entered the world. No great shakes to anyone else, but to you – everything.

“A birthday is a time to reflect, to take stock and to look ahead. It is the day you entered the world. No great shakes to anyone else, but to you – everything.” – Kevan Manwaring

Birthdays were made for going wild over the people we think are amazing.

“Birthdays were made for going wild over the people we think are amazing.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

You are amazing and wonderful and that is what I hope your birthday will be like – amazing and wonderful.

“You are amazing and wonderful and that is what I hope your birthday will be like – amazing and wonderful.” – Theodore W. Higginsworth

I decided if you’re lucky enough to be alive, you should use each birthday to celebrate what your life is about.

“I decided if you’re lucky enough to be alive, you should use each birthday to celebrate what your life is about.” – Mary Steenburgen

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art,

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art,”Eleanor Roosevelt

There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” – Madeleine L’Engle

It’s the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

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

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.

“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” – Fred Astaire

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”Oprah Winfrey

Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.

“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.” – Buddy Valastro

Birthdays could be such a bummer when you were older than the country you lived in.

“Birthdays could be such a bummer when you were older than the country you lived in.” – Lynsay Sands

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.

“Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.” – Tom Wilson

Don’t regret another birthday, the good news is that you are alive and can celebrate it.

“Don’t regret another birthday, the good news is that you are alive and can celebrate it.” – Catherine Pulsifer

Birthdays are a great time to stop and appreciate gravity. Sure, it makes things sag as you get older, but it also keeps your cake from flying all over the room, so you don’t have to chase it.

“Birthdays are a great time to stop and appreciate gravity. Sure, it makes things sag as you get older, but it also keeps your cake from flying all over the room, so you don’t have to chase it.” – Greg Tamblyn

As you get older, three things happen: The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.

“As you get older, three things happen: The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.” – Norman Wisdom

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

“Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.” – Chili Davis

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.

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

We turn not older with years, but newer every day

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

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.

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

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.

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

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.

“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” – George Harrison

May your years be counted not by your age but by how you spend your days.

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

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm,

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

May the moments of today become fond memories for tomorrow. Happy Birthday.

“May the moments of today become fond memories for tomorrow. Happy Birthday.” – Rob Jackson

My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it.

“My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it.” – Boris Johnson

Live long and prosper.

“Live long and prosper.” – Mr. Spock

Birthdays; They never cease to exist, and like birthdays you will never cease to exist in my heart.

“Birthdays; They never cease to exist, and like birthdays you will never cease to exist in my heart.” – Xela Ffronrims

A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.

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

Birthdays don’t come easy. They just come every year.

“Birthdays don’t come easy. They just come every year.” – Danielle Duckery

To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

“To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.” – Bernard Baruch

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

“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

Put candles in a cake, it’s a birthday cake. Put candles in a pie, and somebody’s drunk in the kitchen.

“Put candles in a cake, it’s a birthday cake. Put candles in a pie, and somebody’s drunk in the kitchen.” – Jim Gaffigan

Whatever you are, be a good one.

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

Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them.

“Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them.” – Anna Magnani

Happy Birthday Quotes

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.

“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

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball

Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”C.S. Lewis

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.’

“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

Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.

“Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.” – Brigitte Bardot

I believe that no matter what condition you are in when someone close to your heart remembers your birthday and wishes you a happy birthday, you feel happy.

“I believe that no matter what condition you are in when someone close to your heart remembers your birthday and wishes you a happy birthday, you feel happy.” – A. Singla

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