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Your Guide to the Perfect Happy Birthday Quotes, Funny Sayings and Empowering Phrases about Age

This page is packed with lots and lots of birthday quotes and age quotes that can be used for every birthday occasion and mood. 

Here you'll find birthday quotations catalogued in different sections characterized by:

  • Empowerment and the benefits of getting older.
  • Inspiration and the irrelevance of age.
  • Sweetness and poetic quality.
  • Women and the challenge of getting older.
  • Wrinkles.
  • The 3 ages: youth, middle age and old.
  • For the 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th birthday.
  • About the challenges of getting old(er).
  • Sarcasm and sharp wit.
  • Fun and humor.

Suggestions of How to Use Birthday Quotes

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There are many ways that you can use happy birthday quotations and happy birthday sayings. The creativity of your resource mind is the only limit.

To kick start your brainstorming process, here are a few suggestions of how you may use happy birthday quotes, happy birthday sayings and funny age quotes:

  • As a personal, uplifting or funny comment on a happy birthday card or a birthday greetings card.

  • In an inspirational birthday speech or a funny birthday toast.

  • Send a couple of inspirational and / or funny quotes as sms / text messages or as email (if the birthday person is at work) throughout the day. It's a wonderful way to let someone know you're thinking of them continuously throughout the day.

  • Added as special personal note to a lovely birthday gift, delicious box of chocolates or beautiful bouquet of flowers .

  • If the birthday boy or girl is a fan of a particular person or lives by a certain motto, get it printed on a t-shirt or perhaps a mug.

  • Hang up inspirational and wise birthday quotes written on colorful paper inside and around the birthday persons house - in pockets, in cupboards, in the laptop, in the fridge etc.

  • Written directly on the birthday cake

These were just a few suggestions to start you off. We hope they inspired you in your birthday preparations.

Now we will leave the for the first category of empowering quotes on birthdays.

Empowering Quotes About the Benefits of Getting Older

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Ageing and getting older is only a matter of perspective ... like everything else in life, you choose what you want to experience.

The happy birthday quotes and funny birthday phrases below celebrate the process of life unfolding as we get older, wiser and our mindset grows less rigid and judgemental.

In this way these quotes are great for opening up the birthday person's consciousness to the possibilities that age brings rather than the typical focus on age and limitations.

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~

We are not limited by our old ages; we are liberated by it.
~ Stu Mittleman ~

The older you get, the better you get. Unless you're a banana!
~ Rose Nylund (Betty White), The Golden Girls ~

Both women and melons are best when they are fairly ripe.
~ Spanish proverb ~

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel ~

It is a mistake to regard age as downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.
~ George Sand ~

The Irrelevance of Age

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In the Western world age is considered a linear process from birth to death which may make the concept of getting older threatening and unpleasant.

In other non-western cultures, however, age is more cyclical and getting older is not considered a step closer to a withering body and slow working brain but a step towards greater inner wisdom along with a deeper to the spiritual world. Values that are respected and admired!

One perspective is empowering. Another one is disempowering.

Once again, the choice of perspective is yours!

Here are some wonderful happy birthday quotes about how little age - in terms of a specific number - really matters:

Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.
~ Joan Colling ~

As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative Mathematics, I honestly do not know how old I am.
~ Erma Bombeck ~

Don't just count your years, make your years count.
~ Ernest Meyers ~

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
~ Elizabeth Arden ~

Sweet and Poetic

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If the birthday person is a cherished loved one or a dear old friend perhaps these sweet and poetic happy birthday quotes and beautiful birthday poems are what you are looking for.

Most of these quotes and happy birthday phrases are about love, eternity and appreciation:

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.
~ Martin Buxbaum ~

Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world.
~ Happy Birthday Phrases ~

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

~ Robert Browning ~

Believing hear, what you deserve to hear:
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.

~ Martial ~

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 ~

Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at seventy.
~ Dorothy Thompson ~

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

From our birthday, until we die,
Is but the winking of an eye.

~ William Butler Yeats ~

My heart is like a singing bird...
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

~ Christine Rossetti ~

Women and Challenge of Getting Older

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According to many happy birthday quotes men and women have different fears when comes to getting older.

Men fear losing the strength of their body and women the beauty of their appearance.

These happy birthday quotes and funny birthday greetings: make some humorous points about women's vanity and their challenging relationship to age which results in funny efforts of trying to hide how old they really are:

The years that a woman subtracts from her age are not lost. They are added to the ages of other women.
~ Diane de Poitiers ~

Careful grooming may take twenty years of a woman's age, but you can't fool a flight of stairs.
~ Marlene Dietrich ~

When a man has a birthday, he takes a day off. When a woman has a birthday, she takes at least three years off.
~ Joan Rivers ~

Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age - as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.
~ Phyllis Diller ~

A woman is as old as she looks before breakfast.
~ Edgar Watson Howe ~

A man's only as old as the woman he feels.
~ Groucho Marx ~

When a woman tells you her age, it's all right to look surprised, but don't scowl.
~ Wilson Mizner ~

A man is as old as he feels, a woman as old as she feels like admitting.
~ American proverb ~

A woman is as young as her knees.
~ Mary Quant ~

The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it ... just once.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings ~

My wife hasn’t had a birthday in 4 years. She was born in the year of … Lord-only-knows!
~ Happy Birthday Messages ~


Smiling elderly woman and celebration of wrinkles.

These quotes follow the same spirit as the funny age quotes above.

There are many attitudes to wrinkles: some fear them and view them as a sign of decay, others couldn't care less as they don't attach their identity to their looks while others cherish and celebrate them as they are perceived as a sign of maturity and life truly lived.

Once again, the value you attach to yourself, the people around you and life itself is a choice - so why not focus on the positive side of things:

Please don't retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them.
~ Anna Magnani ~

There's money in wrinkles. A woman I've known for years said, 'You're almost good looking now.'
~ Bill Nighy ~

The easiest way to diminish the appearance of wrinkles is to keep your glasses off when you look in the mirror.
~ Joan Rivers ~

Women are not forgiven for ageing. Robert Redford's lines of distinction are my old-age wrinkles.
~ Jane Fonda ~

The 3 Ages: Youth, Middle Age and Old Age

As we wander through life we typically embody different values, beliefs and needs at different life stages.

Hopefully our values mature, our beliefs broaden and our needs become less urgent and persistent as the number of our years and the level of our conscious get higher.

These happy birthday quotes are a good mix of humorous, inspirational and funny happy birthday sayings that comment on youth, middle age and old age:

Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle; old age a regret.
~ Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby ~

From birth to eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five, she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five she needs a good personality. From fifty-five on, she needs good cash.
~ Sophie Tucker ~

At the age of twenty, we don't care what the world thinks of us; at thirty, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at forty, we discover that it wasn't thinking of us at all.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings and Phrases ~

The three ages of man are youth, middle age and 'my word, you do look well'
~ June Whitfield ~

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

Quotes for the 30th Birthday

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These quotes and funny quotes about age are both great for that big 30th birthday and for the many other birthdays in the 30ies.

The general tone in these happy birthday sayings and funny 30th birthday quotes is humoristic and witty:

Big 3-0. It's the perfect age. You can date college girls and their mothers.
~ Stuart Bondek ~

I can't believe I'm thirty. Do you know how much that is in gay years?
~ Jack McFarland, Will and Grace ~

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

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

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings ~

The best ten years of a woman's life are between the ages of twenty-nine and thirty.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings and messages ~

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 thirty-five.
~ Joel Hildebrand ~

George Michael turned thirty-seven today. A beautiful woman popped out of a cake and said, 'I must be at the wrong party.'
~ Craig Kilborn ~

40th Birthday Quotes and Humorous Age Quotes

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These happy 40th birthday quotations are for the person hitting the big, round 40.

To many people 40 is seen as the first slow step in to being middle aged and therefore you will also find a tinge of sarcasm and desperation spiced up with humor in these 40th birthday quotes:

I was told when you hit forty men stop looking at you. It's true, until you slip on a mini-skirt.
~ Mariella Frostrup ~

You're not 40, you're eighteen with 22 years experience.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings and Quotes ~

Allow me to put the record straight. I am forty-six and have been for some years past.
~ Erica Jong ~

At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald ~

I'm forty-eight, which worries me, because at twenty-four I had a midlife crisis.
~ Dennis Regan ~

For my sister's fortieth birthday, I sent her a singing mammogram.
~ Steven Wright ~

Middle age is when you're old enough to know better, but still young enough to keep on doing it.
~ Sam Ewing ~

Middle age is the time of life that a man first notices in his wife.
~ Richard Amour ~

Funny Quotes for the 50th Birthday and Funny Quotes about Age

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These funny birthday sayings and funny 50th birthday quotations quotes make fun of being middle aged.

These middle age quotes emphasize that life is indeed fun, inspirational and fulfilling but various physical changes are starting to appear. Some accept them other do not!

However, the children are getting older and more independent so now it's time to do all the fun and wild things you could only dream of while you were younger:

Male menopause is a lot more fun than female menopause. With female menopause you gain weight and get hot flushes. Male menopause - you get to date young girls and drive motorcycles.
~ Rita Rutner ~

I refuse to admit that I am more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate.
~ Nancy Astor ~

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings ~

Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead centre of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.
~ Franklin P. Adams ~

Middle age: when you begin to exchange your emotions for symptoms.
~ Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb ~

The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.
~ Doris Day ~

Setting a good example for our children takes all the fun out of middle age.
~ William Feather ~

Middle age is when you have the choice of two temptations and you choose the one that will get you home earlier.
~ Edgar Watson Howe ~

Quotes for the 60th Birthday

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I'm sixty-three now, but that's just 17 Celsius.
~ George Carlin ~

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

Middle age is when your legs buckle - and your belt doesn't.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings ~

I'm officially middle aged. I don't need drugs anymore. I can get the same effect just by standing up real fast.
~ Jonathan Katz ~

I hate middle age. Too young for the bowling green, too old for Ecstasy.
~ Rab C. Nesbitt (Gregor Fisher) ~

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings ~

Sharp and Funny Birthday Sayings About Age

One of the great things about the human mind is its ability to view challenges in a light-hearted and humorous way.

These funny birthday sayings and quotes about age may at first glace seem somewhat depressing but if you really give them the chance they actually show a remarkable ability to keep the big perspective while having a good laugh at oneself.

In other words, these brilliant age quotes may be proof that the older you get the more self irony you possess:

You're getting old when it takes you more time to recover that it did to tire you out.
~ Milton Berle ~

Old age, it's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of.
~ Bernstein (Everett Sloane) Citizen Kane ~

If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
~ Eubie Blake (on his 100th birthday) ~

I have my 87th birthday coming up and people ask me what I'd most appreciate getting. I'll tell you - a paternity suit.
~ George Burns ~

You still chase women, but only downhill.
~ Bob Hope (on his seventieth birthday) ~

It's a sad birthday when the cake collapses under the weight of the candles.
~ Happy Birthday Sayings ~

The older you get, the stronger you have to get. Getting old is not for cissies.
~ Pierce Brosnan ~

Growing old is a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.
~ André Gide ~

Things hurt me now. My knees hurt, my back hurts. But your head still thinks it's twenty-three.
~ George Clooney ~

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
~ Tom Stoppard ~

Sarcastic Quotes

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I'm getting sick of pretending to be excited every time it's somebody's birthday. What is the big deal? How many times do we have to celebrate that someone was born? Every year, over and over ... All you did was not die for twelve months.
~ Jerry Seinfield ~

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

There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is eleven.
~ Dave Barry ~

The best thing to do is to behave in a manner benefitting one's age. If you are sixteen or under, try not to go bald.
~ Woody Allen ~

Hilariously Funny Sayings and Phrases

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Saving some of the best funny happy birthday phrases for last giving you an opportunity to leave this page with a smile on your lips :-)

These funny birthday sayings and quotes are indeed funny, humorous and witty.

These hilarious happy birthday sayings make razor sharp conclusions about age (some are positive, some are negative) but are all delivered in a fabulous quick-witted way:

Why on earth do people say things like, 'My eyes aren't what they used to be?' So what did they use to be? Ears? Wellington boots?
~ Billy Connolly ~

Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
~ Groucho Marx ~

There was no respect for youth when I was young and now that I'm old there is no respect for age. I missed it coming and going.
~ J. B. Priestley ~

I was brought up to respect my elders so now I don't have to respect anybody.
~ George Burns ~

Old is when your wife says, ' Let's go upstairs and make love,' and you answer, 'Honey, I can't do both.'
~ Red Buttons ~


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