The birthday quotations on this page are themed around wisdom; thoughtful insights into the business we all share, living our lives as well as we can, regardless of age.
I hope you enjoy them!
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task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important
product of his effort is his own personality.
Sooner or later
we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the
birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones
are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that
amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never
leave. Our lives are measured by these.
Our birth is but
a sleep and a forgetting; The soul that rises with us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its
setting, And cometh from afar; Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.
are not annual affairs. Real birthdays are the days when we have a new birth.
In the midst of
winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Try to keep
your soul young and quivering right up to old age.
Keep true to
the dream of thy youth.
Friedrich Von Schiller
If you want to
be happy, be.
Henry David Thorreau
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.
There was a
star danced, and under that was I born.
Youth is happy
because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never
When the first
baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went
skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
James M. Barrie
There are two
ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy
that he has to grow up...a lot of people don't have the courage to do it.
Most of us can remember a time when a
birthday - especially if it was one's
own brightened the world as if a second sun has risen.
the past has gone, the best is always yet to come.
PLeas'd to look
forward, pleas'd to look behind, And count each birthday with a grateful mind.
May you live
all the days of your life.
are feathers in the broad wing of time.
Jean Paul Richter
... the birthday of my life,
Is come, my love is come to me.
Christina Georgina Rossetti
birthday, until we die, Is but the winking of an eye.
William Butler Yeats
Sugar in the
gourd and honey in the horn, I never was so happy since the hour I was born.
birthdays of all are those that haven't arrived yet.
Sing a song of
Full of fun and cheer
And may you keep on having them
For many a happy year.
It is lovely,
when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
There are three
hundred and sixty-four days when you might get 'un-birthday' presents ... and only one for
birthday presents, you know.
celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
The older the
fiddler, the sweeter the tune.
The manner of
giving is worth more than the gift.
It is utterly
false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into
middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
Margaret Mead's quote brings my selection of wisdom themed birthday quotations to an end. I hope you've found just the birthday saying you needed. Go well incorporating it into your speech.
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