Birthday wishes & sayings

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Birthday wishes & sayings
Birthday wishes and sayings can be different for every person. (happy birthday image by Ewe Degiampietro from

Birthday wishes and sayings are a unique part of a person turning a year older. Whether it's a welcoming to adulthood on the 21st birthday, a simple well wishing or an obscure but uplifting quote from someone, which birthday wish you give says a lot about you. It may also show just how well you know the person celebrating the birthday.

Child's Birthday Wishes

One of the big considerations of which birthday wishes to offer is the age of celebrant. If you're sharing happy birthday wishes with a child, consider using quotes from children's authors and entertainers. "If you can dream it, you can do it" is a quote from Walt Disney that may encourage a child to pursue her dreams. "You are you. Now isn't that pleasant?" is a quote from Dr. Seuss that could remind a young person of the fact that he's unique on his special day.

Milestone Birthday Wishes

Milestone birthdays---the 1st, the 18th (16th for girls), the 21st and probably the 30th---often have a lot of importance attached to them. In these cases, it's a good idea to tailor your birthday to the milestone. For instance, an 18th birthday saying might be "live as if you would die tomorrow, learn as if you'd live forever." This kind of phrase points out that 18 is an age at which there are endless possibilities, but not endless time in which to explore them.

Famous Quotes

Quotes about age and growing up are often used as birthday wishes. "The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, and the young know everything" is a quote from Oscar Wilde that could easily adorn a birthday card for a fan of classic literature. "When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not" is a quote by Mark Twain that may also be appropriate for someone who's beginning to reach a more mature age.

Ethnic Birthday Sayings

Different parts of the world also have different sayings and well wishes for birthdays. If a person is Irish, then choosing an old Celtic birthday well-wishing might be appropriate. If the person is Hispanic, then perhaps something from Mexico or Spain would fit the occasion. If the person turning a year older feels a close connection with her ethnic heritage, then wishing her a traditional happy birthday should put a smile on her face.

The Thought That Counts

Much like a birthday gift, the amount of work you put into a birthday wish or saying is what counts. If you want to give a person a simple "happy birthday" or a well wishing, then chances are she will accept it with a thank you. The more personalised you make a birthday wish, the more likely she will appreciate the effort you went to finding something that fit her.

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