Here are some funny and inspirational famous birthday quotes from actors, authors, writers, politicians, playwrights, poets, models, musicians and more. They make great thought starters for birthday cards or content for your social media feeds.

Famous Birthday Quotes Movies & TV Stars

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  1. “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball, actress
  2. “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” – Fred Astaire, entertainer
  3. “Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece?” – Bobby Kelton, actor
  4. “Live long and prosper.” – Mr. Spock (Star Trek)
  5. “Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.” – Truman Capote, novelist, and actor
  6. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey, TV personality
  7. “Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them.” – Anna Magnani, actress
  8. “I think all this talk about age is foolish. Every time I’m one year older, everyone else is too.” – Gloria Swanson, actress

Birthday Quotes Historical Figures

  1. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain, author
  2. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln, US president

Birthday Quotes Musicians

  1. “Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” – Sammy Hagar, musician
  2. “Inside every older person is a younger person — wondering what the hell happened.” – Cora Harvey Armstrong, musician
  3. “All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” – George Harrison, musician
  4. “If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do is to save every day.” – Jim Croce, musician
  5. “You don’t get older, you get better.” – Shirley Bassey, musician
  6. “From birth to age 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, singer
  7. “By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” – Charles Wadsworth, pianist

Birthday Quotes Comedians

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  1. “Put candles in a cake, it’s a birthday cake. Put candles in a pie, and somebody’s drunk in the kitchen.” – Jim Gaffigan, comedian
  2. “I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn’t have one. So I got a cake.” – Mitch Hedberg, comedian
  3. “You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.” – Brad Garrett, comedian
  4. “You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” – Bob Hope, comedian
  5. “Middle age is when you still believe you’ll feel better in the morning.” – Bob Hope, comedian
  6. “I intend to live forever — so far, so good!” – Steven Wright, comedian
  7. “Nice to be here? At my age, it’s nice to be anywhere.” – George Burns, comedian
  8. “As you get older, three things happen: The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.” – Norman Wisdom, comedian
  9. “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx, comedian

Birthday Quotes From Famous Authors, Writers & Poets

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  1. “Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.” – Charles Schulz, cartoonist (Peanuts)
  2. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss, author
  3. “There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay, author
  4. “Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” – Ausonius, poet
  5. “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” – Plautus, playwright
  6. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare, playwright
  7. “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” – William Shakespeare, playwright
  8. “How far that little candle throws his beams!” – William Shakespeare, playwright
  9. “No wise man ever wished to be younger.” – Jonathan Swift, author
  10. “Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka, writer
  11. “Everything I know I learned after I was 30.” – Georges Clemenceau, politician
  12. “Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith, poet
  13. “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” – Robert Browning, poet
  14. “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.” – Robert Frost, poet
  15. “You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.” – Germaine Greer, writer
  16. “Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.” – Eli Cass, author
  17. “Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you have not committed.” – Anthony Powell, novelist

Celebrity Birthday Quotes

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  1. “Men are like wine: some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.” – Pope John XXIII
  2. “Let your joy be in your journey, not in some distant goal” – Tim Cook, Apple CEO
  3. “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Satchel Paige, baseball player
  4. “We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.” – Lauren Hutton, model
  5. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley, motivational speaker
  6. “The best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.” – H.V. Prochnow, toastmaster
  7. “To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.” – Bernard Baruch, financier
  8. “Nature gives you the face you have at 20, but it’s up to you to merit the face you have at 50.” – Coco Chanel, fashion designer 

Bonus List: Anonymous Birthday Quotes

  1. “A party without cake is just a meeting.”
  2. “Support wildlife, Have a wild birthday party!”
  3. “Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you. Happy birthday!”
  4. “Someone I love was born today.”
  5. “I am happy to grow old with you. Happy birthday, love.”
  6. “Let’s celebrate this day like there’s no tomorrow!”
  7. “Time to celebrate. You made the trip around the sun one more time. It’s a birthday revolution.”
  8. “Happy birthday to the greatest gift I have ever received. I love you!”
  9. “From the cries of joy to the cries of sorrow, may your special day bring you a better tomorrow. Happy birthday!”
  10. “I still remember how happy I was when I first laid eyes on you. I’ve been proud ever since. Happy birthday.”
  11. “One of a parent’s greatest joys is to see a child grow up, especially when their child grows up to become such an amazing person.”
  12. “Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake, so dig in!”
  13. “As you grow up, make sure you have more dreams than memories, more opportunities than chances, and more friends than acquaintances.”
  14. “At least you’re not as old as you will be next year.”

Inspirational Happy Birthday Quotes

Between the birthday presents, birthday cake, and close friends and family, birthday parties are always a lot of fun. We hope you enjoyed these inspirational birthday quotes that celebrate the gift of living. These memorable birthday quotes from movies, TV shows, authors, comedians, and other celebrities can also make great personal notes that you can add to any birthday card. Thanks for reading!

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