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The first fact about the celebration of birthdays is that it is a good way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive. ~G.K. Chesterton, "Our Birthday," 1935

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip. ~Author unknown

There will be many loving thoughts hovering around you like Angels to‑day. ~Birthday letter quoted in J.R. Macduff, Birthdays, 1893

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

[H]e's younger every birth‑day than he was the year before. ~Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, 1839

Birthdays would be excellent institutions were it only for the pleasant little inflation they bring. ~Mary Wright Sewell (1797–1884)

We know we're getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it. ~Author unknown

There is still no cure for the common birthday. ~John Glenn

Birthdays! What music in the world! In these unresting times, when nothing intellectual, economic, social, political, seems stable; when customs and traditions hoary with age are mixed with explosive elements, this oldest of institutions is not in danger of yielding to destructive forces. ~J.R. Macduff, Birthdays, 1893

Your birthday, as my own, to me is dear....
But yours gives most; for mine did only lend
Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend.
~Marcus Valerius Martialis (Martial), "To Quintius Ovidius," translated by William Hay

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~Chili Davis

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. ~Ogden Nash

It's your birthday to-day, so why are we waiting?
Without further delay, Let's start celebrating.
~Norman Wesley Brooks, 1967

In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups. In old age, we yearn to be kids. It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn't have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order. ~Robert Brault,

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. ~Jean Paul Richter

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

May ev'ry birthday sweetly bring,
A thousand proofs of love;
A pure and perfect crystal spring
Of bliss from Heav'n above!
~George Wells, Golden Wishes, 1885

Life is momentous,—never more so than when the Birthday chimes are ringing their new peals. ~Wigram, quoted in J.R. Macduff, Birthdays, 1893

This is my birthday, and a happier one
Was never mine...
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Divine Tragedy," 1871

Anticipate the day as if it was your birthday and you are turning six again. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife

Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once. ~Dave Barry, "Your Disintegrating Body," Dave Barry Turns 40, 1990

They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body. ~Author unknown

We advance in years somewhat in the manner of an invading army in a barren land; the age that we have reached, as the saying goes, we but hold with an outpost, and still keep open communications with the extreme rear and first beginnings of the march. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, "Virginibus Puerisque II," Virginibus Puerisque, 1881

So mayst thou live, dear! many years,
In all the bliss that life endears,...
~Thomas Hood, "To My Daughter, On Her Birthday"

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. ~Robert Frost

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

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. ~Jennifer Yane

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever. ~Don Marquis

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. ~George Bernard Shaw

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left. ~Jerry M. Wright

When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not; but my faculties are decaying, now, & soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the latter. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it. ~Mark Twain

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed. ~Charles Schulz

Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier. ~Dan Bennett

They're not gray hairs. They're wisdom highlights. ~Author Unknown

First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly. ~Branch Rickey

Youth is a disease from which we all recover. ~Dorothy Fulheim

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. ~Herbert Asquith

You're not 40, you're eighteen with 22 years experience. ~Author Unknown

I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now. ~Author Unknown

May you live to be a hundred years
With one extra year to repent.
~Author Unknown

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ~Tom Wilson


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