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0th birthday quotes
"Good-morrow to the golden Morning! Good-morrow to the world's delight! I've come to bless thy life's beginning, That hath made my own so bright!" - Thomas Hood.
16th birthday quotes
"I hope you come to find that which gives life a deep meaning for you … something worth living for, maybe even worth dying for … something that energizes you, enthuses you, enables you to keep moving ahead." - Ita Ford, letter to her niece on her 16th birthday.
21st birthday quotes
"When a man is tired of life on his 21st birthday it indicates that he is rather tired of something in himself." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, in a letter to his daughter.
"How swift have flown To me thy girlish times, a woman grown beneath my heedless eyes! in vain I rack My fancy to believe the almanac, that speaks thee twenty-one." Charles Lamb, To a Young Friend: On Her 21st Birthday.
"On our 21st birthday, we don't care what the world thinks of us; only later we discover that it wasn't thinking of us at all." - Anonymous.
30th birthday quotes
"30 the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning briefcase of enthusiasm, thinning hair." - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
"One's 30th birthday press its message home with iron hand. At 30, youth, with all it palliates and excuses, is gone forever. The time for mere fooling is past; the young avoid you, or else look up to you and tempt you to grow reminiscent. You are a man and must give an account of yourself." - Elbert Hubbard (abridged, see full quote under 70th birthday quotes.)
"On on our 30th birthday, we worry about what the world is thinking of us; in later years, we discover that it wasn't thinking of us at all." - Anonymous.
40th birthday quotes
"Life begins on your 40th birthday - but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times." - Helen Rowland
"If life really begins on your 40th birthday, it's because that's when women finally get it. The guts to take back their lives." - Laura Randolph.
"On our 21st birthday, we don't care what the world thinks of us; on our 30th birthday, we worry about what it is thinking of us; on our 40th birthday, we discover that it wasn't thinking of us at all." - Anonymous.
50th birthday quotes
"Love is lame when your 50th birthday is past." - Thomas Hardy
"Except you can wake on your 50th birthday with the same forward-looking excitement and interest in life that you enjoyed on your 5th birthday, ye cannot see the Kingdom of God. One must not only die daily, but every day one must be born again." - Dorothy L. Sayers,
"Be glad you're 50 and that you got there while things were nice, in a world worth looking at twice. So here's wishing you many more years, but not all that many. Cheers!" - Kingsley Amis, to himself on his 50th birthday.
"It happens in America about eleven thousand times a day now, someone having his 50th birthday, far outstripping the casualty rate for hunting accidents and car wrecks combined." - Bill Geist.
60th birthday quotes
"One starts to get young on your 60th birthday and then it is too late." - Pablo Picasso.
"We are in this awful youth-driven thing where everybody needs to look 30 at 60, but I'm not fiddling about with myself." - Emma Thompson about plastic surgery.
"One's 60th birthday presses its message home with iron hand. The young avoid you, or else tempt you to grow reminiscent." - Elbert Hubbard (abridged, see full quote under 70th birthday quotes.)
"A man of 60 has spent 20 years in bed and over 3 years in eating." - Arnold Bennett
"I wanted to show I had balls at age 60. Just because society says I'm old, doesn't mean that I am. I'm pursuing happiness, even if it makes the people around me unhappy." - Sylvester Stallone on bringing Rocky out of retirement
"If I had to live again I would do exactly the same thing. Of course I have regrets, but if you are 60 years old and you have no regrets then you haven't lived." - Christy Moore
70th birthday quotes
"One's 30th birthday and one's 60th are days that press their message home with iron hand. With his 70th milestone past, a man feels that his work is done, and dim voices call to him from across the Unseen. His work is done, and so illy, compared with what he had wished and expected! But the impressions made upon his heart by the day are no deeper than those his 30th birthday inspires. At thirty, youth, with all it palliates and excuses, is gone forever. The time for mere fooling is past; the young avoid you, or else look up to you and tempt you to grow reminiscent. You are a man and must give an account of yourself." - Elbert Hubbard
Birthday quotes - for any age
"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln
"To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable." - Oscar Wilde(1854–1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age." - Robert Frost (1874-1963). American poet admired for depictions of rural New England, American colloquial speech, and poems about ordinary people.
"To me old age is always fifteen years older than I am." - Bernard Baruch (1870-1965), American financier and adviser to presidents.
"From our birthday, until we die, is but the winking of an eye." - William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer. Received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.
"There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents." - Lewis Carroll, (1832-1898) English logician, mathematician, photographer, and novelist. Author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. See also: Famous Quotes from Alice in Wonderland
"All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, (1712-1778). French novelist, political writer and philosopher. Inspired the Romantic writers and the leaders of the French Revolution.
"To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something." - Samuel Beckett, (1906-1989). Author and playwright. Won the Nobel Prize for Literature 1969. Best known for his plays, especially Waiting for Godot.
"Through a dull tract of woe, of dread, The toiling year has pass'd and fled: And, lo! in sad and pensive strain, I sing my birthday date again." - George Crabbe (1754–1832), English poet.
"Happy Birthday, Johnny, Live beyond your income, Travel for enjoyment, Follow your own nose." - W. H. Auden
"I have always been intrigued at what went on in the world on my birthdays long before I was born." - Sir Alec Guiness
"I just never understood, how a man who died for good, could not have a day that would, be set aside for his recognition... Happy birthday to ya!" - Stevie Wonder.