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Inspirational Birthday Quotes for Cards and Gifts

Originally Published May 14, 2024Updated Jun 10, 2024

Blow Out the Candles With These 50+ Happy Birthday Quotes to Celebrate

Another year, another candle on the cake! Whether it’s for your bestie, your baby brother, your mother-in-law, or even that new coworker that you don’t really quite know yet, if you’re anything like me, you can get a serious case of writer’s block when the time comes around to sign the birthday card. If you can relate, take a page out of my book and feel free to use one of these birthday quotes! From a wide variety of sources, I like to think there is something for anyone!

When it's one of my best friend's big days, I like putting together a little gift package featuring some of the quotes below. You can't go wrong with a fun card or photo block personalized with an inspirational message. I even throw in their pic from our last girls' weekend for an extra personal touch.

Plus with our same-day pickup at a store nearby, you can snag a gift the day-of. That way if you forget until the last minute (oops!), you can still swing by and nab their present without missing the party!

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  • "Happy birthday! Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, and lots of cake!"
  • "Another year older, another year wiser. Have the best birthday!"
  • "May your birthday be as amazing as you are. Have a fantastic birthday!"
  • "Sending you my warmest wishes on your special day. Happy birthday! Life is a lot more fun with you around"
  • "Happy birthday! May this year bring you endless joy and happiness. Wishing you all the best from my heart on this next year"
  • "Wishing you a day full of amazing surprises and a year full of success. Happy birthday to the newest member of the family!"
  • "Cheers to another trip around the sun, young man! Happy birthday!"
  • "On your special day, I hope all your dreams and wishes come true. Happy birthday!"
  • "Sending you hugs, kisses, and best wishes on your birthday. Enjoy your day! Card and gift to come very soon"
  • "Happy birthday! May this year be the best one yet!"
  • "Happy Birthday to my partner in crime! Life is better with you by my side. Hope you have the best birthday ever, filled with love, cake and joy."
  • "Cheers to another year of epic adventures and unforgettable memories. Happy Birthday, bestie!"
  • "You're not just a friend; you're a part of my soul. Happy Birthday to my ride-or-die, my best friend, my sister from another mister, my person."
  • "Wishing you a day as awesome as you are! Happy Birthday, my beautiful friend! Here's to another year older and the celebration of the year!"
  • "Here's to you, my friend, and all the joy you bring into my life. Happy Birthday! Can't wait to celebrate with you!"
  • "To my incredible [Mom/Dad/Sibling], you are my rock and my inspiration. Happy Birthday for this year!"
  • "Home is wherever you are. Happy Birthday to the person who means the world to me. WIshing you love and another year filled with joy."
  • "May your birthday be filled with as much love and joy as you have given me. Happy Birthday to the most special Mom!"
  • "In the garden of our family, you are the most beautiful flower. Happy Birthday, [Name]! Love you so much and wishing you the best day ever!"

Happy Birthday Quotes from Famous People

Elevate your birthday messages with quotes from some of the most iconic figures in history. These words of wisdom will add a touch of class and inspiration to any celebration:

  • "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." - Oprah Winfrey
  • "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" - Dr. Seuss
  • "The way I see it, you should live every day like it's your birthday." - Paris Hilton
  • "Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain
  • "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
  • "Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new." - Sammy Hagar
  • "The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance." - Brian Tracy
  • "You don't get older, you get better." - Shirley Bassey
  • "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." - Walt Disney
  • "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." – Lucille Ball
  • "Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears." – John Lennon
  • "Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter." – Satchel Paige
  • "To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am." – Bernard Baruch
  • "Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine." – Joan Rivers
  • "All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much." – George Harrison
  • "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" – Satchel Paige
  • "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." – George Bernard Shaw
  • "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." – C.S. Lewis
  • "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." – Elbert Hubbard
  • "We turn not older with years, but newer every day." – Emily Dickinson
  • "We are always the same age inside." – Gertrude Stein
  • "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." – Mahatma Gandhi
  • "The good thing about getting old is that you get a chance to sit down and have a nice cup of tea." – Herbert Asquith
  • "Age is a very high price to pay for maturity." – Tom Stoppard

These quotes are perfect for adding a touch of wisdom, humor, and inspiration to any birthday message. Whether you're writing a card, crafting a social media post, or just want to add a little extra magic to someone's special day, these words from legends are sure to make an impact.

Captions for Birthday Photos

Birthdays are like the ultimate excuse to shower your loved ones with all the feels (and let's be real, rack up those Instagram likes)! Whether you're posting for your BFF on social media, or snapping a stunning selfie of the birthday girl (hey that's you!), read on for the perfect birthday captions & quotes. These happy birthday quotes are perfect for a post, comment and more! 

  • "Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake and celebrate!"
  • "Life's too short to not celebrate your birthday in style. Cheers!"
  • "Another year older, another year bolder. Happy birthday to me!"
  • "Birthday vibes and good times ahead. Let the celebrations begin!"
  • "Aging like fine wine. Happy Birthday to me!"
  • "Another trip around the sun and still shining bright. #BirthdayVibes"
  • "It’s my party, and I’ll post if I want to. 🎉"
  • "Eating my cake and wearing it too. #BirthdayMood"
  • "Today’s forecast: 100% chance of birthday shenanigans."
  • "A true friend remembers your birthday, but not your age. Happy Birthday, [Name]!"
  • "You're not old, you're just more distinguished. Happy Birthday, bestie!"
  • "Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you. Cheers to that!"
  • "Another year older, but still looking fabulous. Happy Birthday, [Name]!"
  • "Friendship means knowing all your crazy and still choosing to hang out with you. Happy Birthday!"

Birthdays are more than just a day of cake and presents—they're a celebration of life itself! Wishing someone a happy birthday is like sending a big virtual hug filled with all the love and joy you've got. Whether you're marking another milestone year with your BFF, your significant other, or family, the best birthday quotes can turn an ordinary day into one that's filled with unforgettable memories and heartfelt moments.

Remember, every birthday is a new chapter in the book of life, filled with opportunities for love, laughter, and lots of cake! So, go ahead, find that perfect quote, and become the birthday message MVP. Every year is another glorious adventure waiting to be written. Happy celebrating and cheers to another year! 🥂✨


Leah from Picta

Written by Leah from Picta

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Leah is a self-proclaimed iced coffee enthusiast, "word artist", and brunch connoisseur. 
By day, she makes a living by creating all this content you know and hopefully love for Picta on the blog, in your inbox, or on social media. 
By night, she enjoys cooking up something new in the kitchen, hopping on her road bike, and painting watercolors with a glass of rosé (or two or three)!

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