90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes



Trying to find the right words to put into 90th birthday wishes for your loved one? The best 90th birthday messages mark this major life milestone with the reverence and dignity it deserves.

For ideas, check out the 90+ examples of birthday greetings for 90-year-olds on this page.


BY KEVIN NISHMAS | UPDATED: AUG. 27, 2022


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90th Birthday Wishes
- Short & Sweet -


Happy birthday to someone who can teach a 20 year old how to be young.

Congratulations on reaching this amazing milestone! Happy 90th birthday!

Happy 90th birthday! You've traveled an incredible distance...incredibly!


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Wishing an extraordinary individual an even more extraordinary 90th birthday.

90 is tremendous because you're tremendous. Happy 90th birthday!

Happy 90th birthday to a heart so young and a soul so free.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday to the most remarkable 90 year old anywhere.

Happy 90th birthday! You are one of the world's greatest wonders.

Happy 90th birthday! Turning 90 is an incredible milestone but not as incredible as you.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday! Ninety years ago, you were born and the world welcomed a new hero.

May your 90th birthday be blessed with the start of new, unforgettable memories.

Happy 90th birthday! We're here to celebrate you and your amazing life.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday! This is such a special day for us (because you're so special).

Happy 90th birthday! You mean so much to us. We love you more than anything!

Happy 90th birthday! Let's celebrate all the years we've shared as a loving family.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

May your special day be as extraordinary as you are! Happy 90th birthday!

Happy 90th birthday! You're the important part of our lives. We love you so.

Happy 90th birthday! May our love show you just how special you are to everyone.







90th Birthday Wishes
- Heartfelt -


Wishing you all the joy and peace you want out of life as you celebrate your 90th birthday.

Hoping your 90th birthday, like your lifetime, is full of love from family and friends, unbridled joy, unforgettable moments and, ultimately, happy memories.

On your 90th birthday, may you only know the joy, peace and health that comes with a life well lived.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

You seem to be more carefree in spirit and younger at heart with every passing year. Happy 90th birthday!

You seem to be more carefree in spirit and younger at heart with every passing year. Happy 90th birthday!

Happy 90th birthday! I know the road has been long, with many unexpected twists and turns, but I hope that the rest of your journey is a walk in the park on a beautiful, sunny day.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Let's have a celebration for this special birthday. Let it be filled with wonderful memories and tributes! Happy 90th birthday!

Happy 90th birthday! Today is your 90th special day! Let's make it 90 times more special than your first.

Happy 90th birthday! May the irreplaceable, unforgettable souvenirs from your incredible 90-year journey give you joy, peace and comfort for many miles more.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

May you only know the strength, love and support of your family and friends for many years to come. Have a wonderfully delightful 90th birthday.

Thank you for giving new meaning to aging gracefully. You've made it look so easy, so wonderful, so full of life. May your 90th birthday be just as meaningful.

There's only one way to celebrate the 90th birthday of someone like you: beautifully, truthfully, generously, gloriously and lovingly.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy birthday! As you celebrate your 90th, may you be blessed with everything in life that brings you the joy and peace you so deserve.

Happy 90th birthday! You have more than 90 amazing years of life to celebrate — you have all the amazing life in your 90 years.

Happy 90th birthday! Looking back at your 90 years on this planet, I hope you see only a lifetime of warm, beautiful memories (and can look forward to many more).


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday! As you celebrate your special day, may your heart be filled with love and and your soul be sparked by joy.

Happy 90th birthday! Looking forward to the future, may you still have dreams of fancy and the passion to make them all come true.

Happy 90th birthday! May you be blessed with love, joy and wonder today and many more special days ahead.







How do you get 90th birthday wishes from heads of state?
Here's how...

90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

When birthday boys and girls turn 90 in certain countries, you can get 90th birthday wishes from heads of state, from the President of the United States to the Prime Minister of Canada. Here's how:

  • United States: Request 90th birthday greetings here from the President of the United States.
  • Canada: Request 90th birthday greetings from the Prime Minister of Canada here or the Governor General of Canada here.
  • Western Australia: Request 90th birthday greetings here from the Governor, Prime Minister of Australia, Federal Leader of the Opposition, Premier of Western Australia and State Leader of the Opposition.
  • Southern Australia: Request 90th birthday greetings here from the Prime Minister of Australia, Federal Leader of the Opposition, Premier of Southern Australia, State Leader of the Opposition and Federal and State Members of Parliament.

Do it now! Requesting 90th birthday wishes is pretty simple! A 90th birthday message from your head of state will also be greatly appreciated by the special 90-year-old birthday boy or girl in your life. Start here.







90th Birthday Wishes
- For Dad -


On your journey through life, you've navigated twists and turns, never steering clear of any adventure along the way. Today, your family and friends, your fellow travelers, have the pleasure and privilege to celebrate what drives you: your immense spirit. Happy 90th birthday! We love you so much!

Throughout your life, you've made it your mission to be loving, kind, gentle and true. Mission accomplished! Now, our mission is to shower you with our love and gratitude. Happy 90th birthday, Dad!

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! This is the perfect occasion to celebrate you and your life. You are more than our role model — you're our hero.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Dad, may your 90th birthday be filled with the voices of everyone you love (and who love you like us), singing "Happy birthday!"

Dad, let's celebrate your 90 beautiful years of courage, strength, kindness, laughter and love every minute of your special day. Happy 90th birthday!

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! You turned 90 today, but you're 18 in your mind and soul. Your passion for life is what makes you young at heart.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday to the most amazing man on this planet. You're my confidant, my rock, my guardian angel and, most important of all, my Dad.

Dad, the guy upstairs sent you to be my guiding light of my life here on Earth, so I would always know true joy, love, wonder and peace all my days.

Happy 90th birthday! Dad, wishing you, the most awesome father in the world, a world of happiness, health and hope today and for many more birthdays.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! I hope you have an a very, very special day, because you're a very, very special Dad. The best ever, in fact!

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! We've shared so many wonderful, unforgettable memories together all these years. I hope we can make many, many, many more.

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! Looking back at all times I've spent with you, it always amazes me just how fortunate I've been to have an incredible father like you. You are one of the best parts of my life.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! You have and always will have a place in my heart and soul that nothing and nobody could ever fill. You are special.

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! Hoping your big day brings you all the joy, love and peace you've brought me my whole life (and that's so much I can't even express it in words).

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! With a great father like you, my life has been the best it could ever be. Through your wisdom, words and choices, I've become the best person I could be. I cherish every moment with you.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday! You're the light of my life. Thank you for showing me how to live life to the fullest with a kind heart and passionate soul. I love you so much, Dad!

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! Superheroes have special powers. Your power is even more special. You possess the power of love, kindness, inspiration and wisdom. And I love for it, more than you could ever imagine.

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! As you blow out the candles on your birthday cake, congratulate yourself for not only living 90 amazing years, but also for being the best father anybody could ever have.







90th Birthday Wishes
- For Mom -


Mom, there's so much I want to say to you on your 90th birthday that I've either forgotten to tell you or never thought to share with you. I want to tell you that you're my beacon of light, my sea of inspiration, my island of calm, my anchor, my compass, my wave of life. In other words, I love you. Happy birthday!

To all of us, Mom, you sparkle like a beautiful, brilliant gem. And the years have not diminished your special glow — they've only made you more luminous. Happy 90th birthday!

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! Wishing you a special day that celebrates everything about your life, paying the ultimate tribute to your nine decades of trials, tribulations, triumphs and tales.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Mom, you have been a remarkable person every moment of your 90 years in this world. You have spread happiness and joy every day of your life. You deserve the happiest of 90th birthdays!

Happy birthday, Mom! Your 90th birthday means you'll have 90 candles on your birthday cake. This bright, beautiful light show is only fitting, since you've always been a bright, beautiful beacon of light for everyone you've touched all these years.

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! All 90 candles on your cake are a testament to the power of your love and kindness. You've brought so much happiness, in the truest sense of the word, to so many. You amaze me.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! You've been an extraordinary mother, BFF, inspiration and teacher my entire life. I’m so blessed to have a Mom like you. I love you.

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! No gift in the world could ever come close to gifts of love, joy, hope and strength you’ve given me my whole life. I hope your 90th special day is as awesome as you are to me!

Dear Mom, thank you for being the best mother ever. I've been blessed every day of my life to have you as my confidant, teacher, advocate and role model. Happy 90th birthday!


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! Thank you for having my back, sparking my imagination, mending my broken heart and showing me what true love is all about, when I needed it most and even when I didn't.

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! May you have the happiest, healthiest and longest life ever! You're a beautiful soul and you deserve all the beautiful things life has to offer.

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! This birthday is a major milestone for you. It's also a huge one for me, because it shows me just how important you are to everybody who knows and loves you. You are so special to everyone, especially me.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! My love, admiration and respect for you has grown stronger and stronger every day of my life. You have earned it just by being the best Mom ever.

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! May your special day shine as bright as your smile, taste as sweet as your kindness, fly as high as your spirit and feel as wonderful as you are.

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! Thank you so much for being there for me and everybody in our beautiful family. Your constant love has given us the strength to weather every storm and the joy to bask in every sunny day all our lives.


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! You are the perfect mother: loving, supportive, inspiring and, most of all, always there.

Mom, I wish you a 90th birthday as filled with love, laughter and light as our lives have been with you as our incredible mother.

Happy 90th birthday, Mom! You’re not only my extraordinary mother, but also my BFF. Nobody in this world can (or could) ever take your place in my life or heart. I love you so.







90th Birthday Wishes
- For Grandma -


Now that you're 90, you should know that there are so many people who absolutely adore you! You are truly fantastic! Happy 90th birthday, Grandma!

Thank you for being the glue that has kept our family bonds intact all these years. Happy 90th birthday, Grandma!

Happy 90th birthday, Grandma! May every one of the 90 candles on your birthday cake light a fire in your heart and soul for the rest of your life.


90th Birthday Messages

Happy 90th birthday, Grandma! Simply by sharing your tremendous love and kindness, you've made the world a happier place to live and my life the best ever. I appreciate everything you've done.

Happy 90th birthday! Grandma, you're always in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your 90th special day is as memorable as you are to me.

Happy 90th birthday, Grandma! Today and always, I want to express my gratitude for all the big and small things you've done for me over the years that have made such a massive difference in my life.







90th Birthday Wishes
- For Grandpa -


Happy 90th birthday, Grandpa! It's such an honor and privilege for me to celebrate your heroic deeds, your extraordinary generosity, your little acts of kindness and your tremendous heart behind it all.

Happy 90th birthday, Grandpa! This is an extraordinary day for you and everyone who loves you. That's because we think you're extraordinary. You're in a league all your own — a league of extraordinary people.

Happy 90th birthday, Grandpa! The hippest grandpa in town is you. With love from your favorite grandchild, I hope you have a wonderful 90th birthday celebration.


Birthday Wishes for 90 Years Old

Happy 90th birthday, Grandpa! I'm extremely grateful (and lucky) to have you as my grandfather!

Happy 90th birthday, Grandpa! I cherish the amazing times I've had with you and hope to have many more with you the rest of my life.

Happy 90th birthday, Grandpa! From the greatest grandchild in the world to the greatest grandfather on this entire planet, I just want you to know that my life is so much greater because you're in it!







90th Birthday Wishes
- Inspirational -


There's nothing about turning 90 that's old — since you make everything feel like new. Happy 90th birthday!

Happy 90th! Your age does not define you. You define your age. That's why you're the definition of fabulous!

Hoping your 90th birthday turns out to be only the second-biggest milestone in your life — because you still have 100 to conquer!



May you have a 90th birthday that gives you even more reason to sip from the elixir of life.

Happy birthday to the most incredible, most inspirational, most captivating 90 year old I have ever known.

May your 90th birthday be the first of many days that bring you invigorating dawns, long afternoons, exquisite sunsets and brilliant full moons!


90th Birthday Messages - Birthday Wishes for 90 Year Olds

Happy birthday! At 90, you're not old or young. You defy description. You're a time-tested classic!

Happy birthday! I can't believe you're 90. You feel and act decades younger than you actually are. You must have been blessed with the spirit of someone half your age.

Happy 90th birthday! You've lived a lifetime of beautiful moments and memories. May the years ahead be filled with more beauty.


Birthday Wishes for 90 Year Olds

Turning 90 is a milestone that many may never know. You have...in your own special way! Celebrating your wonderful life and times — and everything you love — is a true honor for me. Happy 90th birthday!

Even after nine decades of ups and downs, you continue to light up everyone's lives with your “joie de vivre (your joy for life)! Happy 90th birthday to the most inspiring, most cheerful person I know!

The only constant after 90 years of life is change, glorious change. May life's unexpected pleasures, both great and small, continue to bring you tremendous love, joy, peace and health.







90th Birthday Wishes
- Famous Quotes -


"The spirit never ages. It stays forever young."

- Lailah Gifty Akita

"To keep the heart unwrinkled — to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent — that is to triumph over old age."

- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

"The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter what they mean to you."

- Mike Love


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

"Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years."

- Ausonius

"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."

- Samuel Ullman

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes."

- Frank Lloyd Wright


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

"It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old."

- Jules Renard

"Getting older is fine. There is nothing you can do to stop it, so you might as well stay on the bus."

- John Byrne

"Why would I worry about getting older—what’s to moan about?"

- Dawn French


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

"Your face is marked with lines of life, put there by love and laughter, suffering and tears. It's beautiful."

- Lynsay Sands

"Cherish all your happy moments. They make a fine cushion for old age."

- Booth Tarkington

"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent — that is to triumph over old age."

- Thomas Bailey Aldrich


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

"Old age may have its limitations and challenges, but in spite of them, our latter years can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling of our lives."

- Billy Graham

"Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth."

- W. Somerset Maugham

"A graceful and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality."

- Pindar


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

"In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived."

- Knut Hamsun

"Those who love deeply never grow old. They may die of old age, but they die young."

- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

"A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world."

- Maurice Chevalier


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

"A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world."

- Maurice Chevalier

"Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending."

- Anne Bradstreet

"That's the privilege of old age: You don't have to remember."

- Alan Arkin


90th Birthday Wishes & Quotes: 90+ Birthday Messages for 90 Year Olds

"To be old is to be part of a huge and ordinary multitude... the reason why old age was venerated in the past was because it was extraordinary."

- Ronald Blythe

"There's no such thing as old age. I'm no different now than I was 50 years ago. I'm just having more fun."

- Philip Johnson

"...Live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”

- Albert Einstein







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90th Birthday Messages - Birthday Wishes for 90 Year Olds

What are the best 90th birthday wishes for your card?

Turning 90 is a major milestone birthday. Although it's tempting to go the "easy" route and write 90th birthday wishes with the usual "happy birthday" sentiments, don't do it — the 90th birthday boy or girl deserve better.

What type of 90th birthday wishes are suitable for your 90-year-old loved one? The best kind are 90th birthday messages that celebrate the unique life of the birthday girl or boy, paying homage to his or her nine-decade journey on this planet.

The best 90th birthday messages also mark this incredible milestone in someone's life with the reverence and dignity it deserves. This means that age-related jokes and/or insincere platitudes are not even options.

Respect comes in many shapes and sizes, but there's only one way to show your respect for your loved one turning 90: generally, you need to tell him or her that your life has been enriched by his or her love, kindness, attention, spirit, wisdom, devotion, you name it.

With 90th birthday wishes, you should opt for a message that pays real tribute to this incredible milestone. In reality, how does this approach translate into an appropriate birthday greeting? 

This means that you have to know the 90th birthday boy or girl well. Specifically, you need to know how he or she looks at life. Why? Because, for even the average 90 year old, there's no standard way of looking at life.

But to make writing your 90th birthday wishes easier, men and women age 90 and over generally fall into two camps: the "glass half-full" or "glass half-empty" crowd.

For some 90 year olds, the glass of life is half-empty, where every ache is cause for concern. Many see life as an endless parade of pain. It's no wonder, considering that the life expectancy for the average 90 year old is roughly four years or less.

Plus, the quality of life for many people 90-plus is poor. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 80% have a disability and nearly 70% cannot run errands on their own (or have major difficulties walking and climbing stairs).

For other 90 year olds — the minority who do not have serious health issues — there's the contentment that comes with age and great genes. This group sees the glass of life half-full.

Many upbeat articles have been written about people 90-plus who seem to have a real zest for life, like Doris Day (yes, she was over 90 when she passed away).

Accordingly, the best 90th birthday wishes to write depends on how your birthday boy or girl sees life.

For the "glass half-full" crowd, you can opt for 90th birthday wishes that are inspirational, clever, funny, even cool.

You can also select a sentimental or the basic "happy" message but, with these 90 year olds, you have an opportunity to send birthday greetings that reflect the personality of the birthday girl or boy, which will be highly appreciated by them.

A good illustration of this group's mindset — and what the best 90th birthday wishes should include — is a list called 45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old. You can find it here.

For the "glass half-empty" crowd, stick to sentimental or so-called "happy" (generic) birthday wishes that celebrate the recipient of your message with the reverence and love he or she deserves.

This means finding something that sincerely expresses your feelings for the birthday girl or boy, keeping in mind that you can only go so far with what you want to say.

Let the respect and admiration you have for him or her be your guide when you write 90th birthday wishes.

There's a third option if the recipient of your 90th birthday wishes does not fall into the camps I mentioned above: write a 90th birthday message that strike the perfect balance between the reverence you feel and what you actually would like to express.


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