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General Birthday

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

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
- Plautus

Birthdays? yes, in a general way;
For the most if not for the best of men:
You were born (I suppose) on a certain day:
So was I: or perhaps in the night: what then?
- James Kenneth Stephen

From our birthday, until we die,
Is but the winking of an eye.
- William Butler Yeats

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

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
- Emily Dickinson

We are always the same age inside.
- Gertrude Stein

Old age: A great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold, you may have escaped, not from one master but from many.
- Plato

It takes a long time to become young.
- Pablo Picasso

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.
- English Proverb

In youth we learn; in age we understand.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
- Christina Georgina Rossetti

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
- Jonathan Swift

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
- Virginia Woolf

The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others.
- Marcus Cato

May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift

cake   The best birthdays of all are those that haven't arrived yet.
- Robert Orben

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made.
- Robert Browning

Funny Quotes

Inside every older person is a younger person -
wondering what the hell happened.
- Cora Harvey Armstrong

Oh to be seventy again.
- Georges Clemenceau, upon seeing a pretty girl on his eightieth birthday

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
- Maurice Chevalier

Getting old ain't for sissies.
- Bette Davis

Of late I appear
To have reached that stage
When people who look old
Who are only my age.
- Richard Armour

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
- Mark Twain

I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do.
- Phyllis Diller

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

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that old age brings wisdom.
- Henry Louis Mencken

You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.
- John P. Grier

If I'd known I was going to live this long (100 years),
I'd have taken better care of myself.
- Ubie Blake

Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
- C.E.M. Joad

Let us respect gray hairs, especially our own.
- J. P. Sears

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled, the more I gain.
- Susan B. Anthony

Age is a high price to pay for maturity.
- Tom Stoppard

You can't help getting older but you don't have to get old.
- George Burns

If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes.
- Euripides

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized
for a crime you have not committed.
- Anthony Powell

Call this an unfair generalization if you must,
but old people are no good at everything.
- Moe, from the Simpsons

Old people are fond of giving good advice; it consoles them for no longer being capable of setting a bad example.
- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Milestone Birthdays


At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; and at 40 the judgment.
- Ben Franklin

Live as long as you may. The first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
Robert Southey

35th & 30th

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.
- Georges Clemenceau

Time and tide wait for no man,
but time always stands still for a woman of thirty.
- Robert Frost

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head
together and your body starts falling apart.
- Caryn Leschen

After 30, a body has a mind of its own.
- Bette Midler

A man thirty years old, I said to myself, should have his field of life all ploughed, and his planting well done; for after that it is summer time.
- Lew Wallace

Thirty five is a very attractive age;
London society is full of women who have of their own
free choice remained thirty-five for years.
- Oscar Wilde

Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of thrity-five.
- Joel Hildebrand


What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
- Voltaire

Life begins at forty.
- W. B. Pitkin

This wine is forty years old. It certainly doesn't show its age.
Latin: Hoc vinum Falernum annorum quadragenta est. Bene aetatem fert.
- Cicero

The first forty years of our life give the text, the next thirty furnish the commentary upon it, which enables us rightly to understand the true meaning and connection of the text with its moral and its beauties.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
- George Bernard Shaw

Be wise with speed;
A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

- Edward Young

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
- French Proverb

It was only in my forties that I started feeling young.
- Henry Miller


The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
- T.S. Eliot

Looking fifty is great--if you're sixty.
- Joan Rivers

At age 50, everyone has the face he deserves.
- George Orwell

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
- Muhammad Ali

You take all of the experience and judgment of men over 50 out of the world and there wouldn't be enough left to run it.
- Henry Ford


A man of sixty has spent twenty years in bed and over three years in eating.
- Arnold Bennett

Some people reach the age of sixty before others.
- Lord Hood

At sixty a man has passed most of the reefs and whirlpools....That man has awakened to a new youth....Ergo, he is young.
- George Benjamin Luks

What, start at this! when sixty years have spread
Their grey experience o'er thy hoary head?
Is this the all observing age could gain?
Or hast thou known the worl so long in vain?

- John Dryden

One starts to get young at the age of sixty and then it is too late.
- Pablo Picasso


I have achieved my seventy years in the usual way, by sticking strictly to a scheme of life which would kill anybody else....I will offer here, as a sound maxim, this: That we can't reach old age by another man's road.
- Mark Twain, at his seventieth birthday dinner, in 1905, as quoted in Saving Your Brain, by Jeff Victoroff

Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The angel of life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the angel of the resurrection. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, as quoted in Human Engineering

On my seventieth birthday I felt as if I were standing on a mountain height, at whose foot the ocean of eternity was audibly rushing; while before me, life with its deserts and flower-gardens, its sunny days and its stormy days, spread out green, wild, and beautiful.
- The Consolations of Age, translated from the German of Zschokke's autobiography

The first forty years of our life give the text, the next thirty furnish the commentary upon it, which enables us rightly to understand the true meaning and connection of the text with its moral and its beauties.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Life has got to be lived - that's all there is to it. At seventy, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that 'this, too, shall pass!'
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Oh, to be seventy again.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., upon seeing an attractive woman on his 90th birthday

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen
- Mark Twain


A man over ninety is a great comfort to all his elderly neighbors: he is a picket-guard at the extreme outpost; and the young folks of sixty and seventy feel that the enemy must get by him before he can come near their camp.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes


When I die, I want it to be on my 100th birthday, in my beach house on Maui and I want my husband to be so upset that he has to drop out of college.
- Roz Doyle, from the television show Frasier




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