Birthday Wishes & Quotes

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Make a loved one's big day special. Sending happy birthday greetings is the best gift you can give your family and friends.


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Happy Birthday Wishes

What are the best happy birthday wishes for anyone? My favorite are birthday greetings that make any birthday boys and girls, big or small, feel larger than life on their big day.

Write happy birthday wishes that are genuinely heartfelt and express your true feelings for your loved ones. Below are examples of what you may want to write.

Hope your birthday bestows you with more happiness, love and fun than you ever thought you could take...and then some! You deserve it all. Enjoy your special day!

May you have such an incredibly special birthday that every day afterward starts and ends with joy, love, laughter and peace of mind.

Happy birthday. May the next 12 months of the year be the happiest of your life.

Happy birthday. Hope today and every day is packed with memories that you'll treasure evermore.

Hope your birthday brings you whatever you want. You deserve happiness, love and, most of all, fun on your special day.

Have a great birthday with all the love, laughter and joy you deserve.

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May this birthday and the coming year bring you good surprises — filled with sunshine, smiles and sweethearts.

Hope you create and enjoy heaps of beautiful birthday memories to cherish your entire life. Happy birthday.

On your special day, you should only have the good luck that comes with family and friends. Happy birthday.

Blow out each candle on your birthday cake, not because it's what people do but to celebrate the light you bring. Happy birthday.

You're very special, and you should know it. So I will let you know how much every second of your special day. Happy birthday.

Wishing you a very, very happy birthday. You don’t need to do a thing. I will make it happen for you. You're the best. I love you.

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I'm glad we have years of memories to keep us warm, fuzzy and happy. Thankfully, we have so many more ones to create.

Happy birthday! Starting today, let's celebrate everything extraordinarily unforgettable about you.

Happy birthday. You may not be perfect but you are as close to perfect to me.

I'm pretty sure that no one I know comes closer to my ideal of a beautiful woman than you. Not even me. Happy birthday.

Happy birthday to a truly great human being.

Happy birthday! Hope your special day fills your heart and soul with joy, wonder and love.

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I only have the best birthday blessings for you — today and forever. Happy birthday.

Have an amazing birthday. Be sure to celebrate whatever brings you bliss and contentment.

Happy birthday. Hope you begin your special day with a gigantic smile on your beautiful face — and it only gets bigger with each hour.

Here's to your special day. Let's make it a truly special celebration. Happy birthday.

May your birthday be filled with hours upon hours of joy and love. Happy birthday.

Happy birthday! May you have the best of luck on your special day, bringing you the joy, peace and wonder you so rightfully deserve.

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Happy birthday! It's time for you to have an amazing birthday and savor the joy, love and peace we aim to bring you.

May every moment of your birthday be the happiest you've ever had — and may your happiness spill over to every other day of the year.

Happy birthday. Let’s light your birthday candles and mark the most special day of the year — your birthday.

Happy birthday. May all your dreams become what you truly want.

Happy birthday. May every dream of yours set your life on fire, brightening up today, your special day, and every other day of the year.

Have an amazing birthday. Light your birthday candles and wish upon every star in the sky (you certainly deserve everything coming to you).

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With this birthday, you're a little older and a lot more wonderful. Have the happiest of special days.

Every year, you become greater in every way that really matters. Have a great birthday.

May your special day be packed with all the joy, peace and glory you wish for. Happy birthday.

There are so many beautiful things I want to say about you…every day. Today, though, I have only one — happy birthday, beautiful.

The years have been more than kind to you. They've been miraculous. You are a beautiful person, inside (where it mostly counts) and outside.

I treasure every memory we've created together. I look forward to creating even more. Happy birthday.

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Let's celebrate until we don't remember a thing. Happy birthday.

You're a wonderful person who has always deserved only the best of everything, nothing less. Happy birthday.

Wishing you a birthday celebration that's as amazing as you are to everyone you know and love. Happy birthday.

Your birthday should be a national holiday, so we can both get the day off from work and celebrate from sunrise to sunset. Happy birthday.

Another birthday, another year you've been blessed with more of everything that makes you an amazing individual. Happy birthday.

Everyone deserves to have a special day, at least once a year. You deserve to have a special celebration every day of the year. Happy birthday.

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May your birthday set your life on fire and light up your path to inner joy, well-being and love.

You may be growing older every year, but you're the same person — perfect as ever. Happy birthday.

Happy birthday. May you only enjoy the best things that life can offer — because you are definitely one of the best.

Happy birthday. I always wanted a great person like you in my life. Now that you're in my life, we can do many great things together.

Happy birthday. To celebrate this special day in your life, we have brought you the best birthday cake. And today, we are going to have it and eat it too.

Happy birthday. Now’s the time to remember, so let's celebrate your special day in the most special of ways.

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Happy birthday. Let's make your special day with joy in our hearts and lots of birthday cake in our tummies.

Wishing you a very happy birthday, not because I have to but because I want to. You're one of the finest people I know.

Happy birthday. Thank you for all the memories — from our yesterdays, from today and from all our tomorrows.

Have a beautifully wonderful birthday, the only kind of special day someone like you should have.

Your birthday should be a national holiday, so all the people who know and love you can take the day off to celebrate your arrival into our lives.

Another birthday, another year older and, most importantly, another reason to celebrate you all day and all night.

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Happy birthday. So what if you're getting older. It's just the age of your machinery. You are truly young at heart, still the ever-optimistic Peter Pan.

Happy birthday. May only the world's greatest treasures — love, joy, adventure and peace — be yours, today and every day.

It’s your birthday, and you can laugh and sing if you want to (you can even cry but that's no fun).

I plan to make your birthday the best you've ever had in your life. That's because the day of your birth is a major cause for celebration.

With every birthday, you may get a little older, but you learn to see what's truly beautiful, what's truly yours to celebrate.

From one hopeful dreamer to another, may you have the happiest of birthdays, the kind that wishful thoughts are made of.

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Birthdays come and go so fast. Let's make your special day spectacular. Let's celebrate you.

To thank you for all the beautiful memories we've shared, I will make your birthday this year the most unforgettable of all, until the wee hours of the night.

Celebrate in a big way! This is, after all, YOUR special day! Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! You're proof positive that you can't judge people by their age. You have the youngest heart of anyone I know.

Have an amazing birthday. It only comes around once a year, so do something to make it memorable!

Happy birthday! Have a truly special day. You deserve at least one every year. Enjoy yours to the fullest.

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Happy birthday! Bravo on celebrating yet another year of your life that easily qualifies as a personal best for you.

Wishing you the very happiest of the happiest birthdays you've ever celebrated!

Happy birthday, handsome! You still look a decade younger than you have a right to.

Happy birthday! You’ve seen and done so much in your lifetime. Keep it up for many years to come.

Happy birthday! You're one year older but you're still the same: wonderful.

Happy birthday to a terrific person! Hope your day is just as terrific as you are!

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Best wishes for a birthday filled with joy, laughter and love — all the things you bring to everyone's life all year long.

If I had three wishes, I wouldn't ask for happiness, health and riches. I have all those things and more because of you! Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Age is just a number. You aren't your age. You're you — just perfect.

Wishing you all the happiness that you deserve. That's more than you think. Happy birthday!

Wishing you a birthday full of everything that makes you happy, healthy, wealthy and wise year-round.

Hoping the happiness you feel on your birthday lasts the whole year through.

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My thoughts will be with you every moment of your birthday, making sure you have a wonderfully special day.

May all your birthday wishes and dreams become an incredibly beautiful reality.

May you have years upon years of happiness, health and prosperity. But why stop there? May you have as many years as you desire.

May your birthday and every other day of your life be filled with more health and happiness than you will ever need.

Happy birthday! Hoping you only know many more happy, healthy, wealthy, wise years.

Happy birthday! Whether or not your birthday wishes come true, you can be sure of one thing: we will always wish only the best for you.

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For you, I wish truly the very warmest, very happiest of birthdays.

Hoping your birthday and all your days bring you better than the best.

You deserve to celebrate only the happiest of birthdays. May this one be your very happiest.

Best wishes for 365 bright and beautiful days of happiness, health and success, starting with your birthday.

May your birthday be full of happy moments and the moments of your life full of happy birthdays.

Happy birthday! Hope today, your special day, is the start of your most incredible year yet!

Happy birthday! May you have a special day as wonderfully special as you are to your family and friends.

Happy birthday! May your wildest dreams fire up your life and light your birthday candles for many years to come.

On this special day, I wish you the very best...all the joy you can handle and more. Happy birthday!

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Happy birthday! May you be blessed today, tomorrow and all the days of your life.

Happy birthday! Hope the most fantastic day of the year for you is absolutely "funtastic" from morning to night.

Happy birthday! You deserve to have a special day — at least once a year.

Happy Birthday Wishes
- For Him -

What should you write for the men in your life? You want to send a birthday greeting that shows know just how special he is to you, including a personal birthday message specifically for him.

For some ideas, use, change or combine the examples below:

Happy birthday! You aren't getting older. You're getting more seasoned — "Brad Pitt" seasoned.

There’s nothing wrong with you. In fact, the older you get, the righter you become to me.

Happy birthday! May your dreams, no matter how wild, come true during your lifetime. We all deserve a little magic, especially from you.

The more birthday candles on your cake, the more birthday wishes you get. That just makes your "happy birthday" happier!

Wishing you everything you need and anything you want on your birthday...and every unbirthday.

Wishing you all beautiful things great and small — and everything in-between — on your birthday and every day.

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The very best wishes on your birthday and the other 364 special days of the year.

May your birthday start and end with the belief that you are special...because you are!

For every candle on your birthday cake, may you be granted a birthday wish that's guaranteed to come true.

Best wishes for the most merry birthday and happy tomorrows.

Happy birthday to the happiest person in any room, anywhere.

Happy birthday. May this special moment in time lift you higher than you ever imagined.

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Eat, drink, sing, dance, celebrate and be happy to the tune of whatever you moves you — it's your birthday, after all.

Happy birthday! There's only one way to celebrate your special day. BIG!

Wishing you a spectacularly spectacular, wonderfully wonderful birthday.

May your deepest desires and wildest dreams take you further than you ever thought possible, starting today, your birthday!

Happy birthday! Hope your special day is exactly like you — the most awesome guy I know.

Happy birthday! Wishing you a special day that’s as amazing as you are! And that's freaking amazing!

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We all have birthdays, but yours is a truly special day for me. Because you're special to me. Happy birthday!

When you came into this world, mankind became kinder. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Thinking of you today. You're my favorite thought of the day!

Happy birthday! Wishing you all the things you want out of life, stating today.

From morning to night, hoping this birthday is your best yet.

I’m so fortunate to have a friend like you. I think everybody is jealous of me. Happy birthday!

Since it’s your birthday, do nothing, do everything – do whatever. You deserve to do just what you want on your big day!

Happy birthday! Do you feel the good vibrations I'm sending your way? It's not tinnitus. It's my birthday love for you.

Nothing wishes you “Happy Birthday” like a birthday greeting that wishes “Happy Birthday” to you. Thoughtful on your special day, yes. Original, not so much.

Happy birthday! Give yourself a manly (but big) birthday hug and pretend it's from yours truly (me). You deserve a hug today!

Happy birthday! Don't think of yourself as older. Think that you're better at the game of life. Actually, you're the best.

Know why older men start to smell a little funny? Well, you’re about to find out.

Happy Birthday Wishes
- For Her -

What should you write the women in your life, from your mother, daughter, sister and grandmother to your aunt, friend and lover? Let her know that she's someone who has touched you in an awesome way.

Show her just how much you care about her with a special birthday message. To get started with your birthday greeting, get inspired by the examples below:

Happy birthday! Yes, I remembered your birthday. I even forgot your age. You can thank me later.

You always look your best. And with each passing year, you just look better and better. Happy birthday!

Hope your birthday this year is unforgettable in every other words, as unforgettable as you.

Wishing you an incredibly happy and 100% unforgettable birthday!

Wishing my best friend in the world "happy birthday" and the best the world has to offer!

Hope you have miles and miles of smiles on your birthday and down the road.

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If it's at all possible, I wish you better than the best on your birthday.

May your biggest and boldest birthday wishes come true today and all your tomorrows!

Soak up every ounce of fun and excitement you can squeeze out of your birthday. That's what they're for.

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays from the bottom of my heart and soul.

Hope the birthday wishes you hold most dear come true in the coming year...for years to come!

You are an amazing person. You deserve an amazingly special day. Happy birthday.

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"Hippy" birthday! May you have 24 hours of pure bliss, peace and love!

Happy birthday. May your special day be truly the stuff of dreams.

Happy birthday. May you always sip from the fountain of youth and essence of beauty.

Happiness is celebrating your birthday on a sunshiny day. Happiness is you. Happy birthday!

Hope your birthday transports you to your oasis of calm.

Happy birthday! Do you feel the good vibrations I'm sending your way? It's not tinnitus. It's my birthday love for you.

Nothing wishes you “Happy Birthday” like a birthday greeting that wishes “Happy Birthday” to you. Thoughtful on your special day, yes. Original, not so much.

Happy birthday! Give yourself a manly (but big) birthday hug and pretend it's from yours truly (me). You deserve a hug today!

Happy birthday! Don't think of yourself as older. Think that you're better at the game of life. Actually, you're the best.

Know why older men start to smell a little funny? Well, you’re about to find out.

Happy birthday! Yes, I remembered your birthday. I even forgot your age. You can thank me later.

Happy birthday! Wishing you a special day as sunny as your smile.

Happy birthday! Your special day is important to me but, quite honestly, every day with you matters to me!

Hoping your birthday is full of moments that make you see just how special you are.

Happy birthday! Here’s to another year of joy, laughs, adventure and love!

Wishing you a birthday that makes all your others pale in comparison. You deserve only the best!

Happy birthday! Make a wish, blow out your birthday candles and I'll make it come true! I'd do anything for you!

Happy birthday! You deserve to be pampered every second of the day. Indulge!

Don’t worry about getting older. You wear your birthdays well. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to the only person who makes my life complete: you, my dearest!

There's not enough room in this birthday wish to list the hundreds of reasons that you are such a wonderful person, so I will give you one: you're you, and that's awesome. Happy birthday!

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Happy birthday! You’ll be my best friend forever and a day. Yes, you're a keeper.

Happy birthday! There's a secret to staying young: lie about your age.

Happy birthday! We've been the best of friends for years, but the best is yet to come, starting today!

Happy birthday! Thinking about about your age is a waste of time. It's what makes you sparkle that counts. And you are a precious gem.

Happy birthday! The more you celebrate your birthday, the more birthdays you'll celebrate. Yes, it's that simple!

Happy birthday! Hoping your special day is just like you — fabulous.

Happy birthday! Wishing you a special day that’s as beautiful as you make this world! That's really, really beautiful!

When you came into my life, everything changed. Everything became wonderful, like you. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to the loveliest of all, today and every day: you.

Happy Birthday Quotes

Happy birthday quotes by some of the most influential minds of all time are guaranteed to bring a smile to your loved one's face. Choose from some of this planet's happiest birthday quotes below.

"Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be."

- Abraham Lincoln

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

- Marthe Troly-Curtin

"Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears."

- John Lennon

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"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

- J.R.R. Tolkien

"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."

- Tom Bodett

"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination."

- Mark Twain

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person — he believed in me."

- Jim Valvano

"Most of us can remember a time when a birthday — especially if it was one's own — brightened the world as if a second sun has risen."

- Robert Staughton Lynd

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”

- Bertrand Russell

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“I've got nothing to do today but smile.”

- Simon and Garfunkel

“Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will evade you. But if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.”

- Henry David Thoreau

"You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”

- Elizabeth Gilbert

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“For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” 

- Dale Carnegie

“The three basic ingredients for absolute happiness are finding love, finding a purpose, and looking forward to a better tomorrow.”

- Lamees Alhassar

"To relive your special day again in this world with good company, great food and fine wine. May we again appreciate you, the centerpiece of the table and the night."

- Audrey Camacho

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

- Dr. Seuss

"I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar."

- Robert Brault

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

 - Henri Frederic Amiel

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."

- Omar Khayyam

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

- Charles M. Schulz

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"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."

- Charles Spurgeon

"Create each day anew."

- Morihei Ueshiba

"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love."

- Hubert H. Humphrey

“Life is a celebration. Consider everything that makes you happy as a gift from God...”

- Francis Lucille

“Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart. Love yourself and the world will love you.”

- Amy Leigh Mercree

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."

- Oscar Wilde

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"No man is ever old enough to know better."

- Holbrook Jackson

"One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young."

- William Feather

"Run, leap and celebrate, for you are alive today."

- Bryant McGill

"While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be."

- Amos Bronson Alcott

"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball."

- Doug Larson

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

- Thomas B. Aldrich

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"Take the time to celebrate stillness and silence and see the joy that the world can bring, simply."

- Tony Curl

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."

- David Brinkley 

"A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip."

- Abby Crawford

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."

- Dale Carnegie

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light."

- Albert Schweitzer

"Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us."

- Thomas Carlyle

"Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got."

- Art Buchwald

"Living well is the best revenge."

- George Herbert

"The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself."

- Douglas MacArthur

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"The best things in life are silly."

- Scott Adams

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."

- Dean Acheson

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving."

- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Life is a song. Sing it. Life is a game. Play it. Life is a challenge. Meet it. Life is a dream. Realize it. Life is a sacrifice. Offer it. Life is love. Enjoy it."

- Sai Baba

"Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be."

- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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Hints & Tips

Whether you choose to keep the birthday wishes and quotes "as is" or change them, take a moment or two to check out my tips and hints below.

The more you know about birthday messages, the better your choice will be, making the birthday of your loved ones even sweeter. 

What are the best birthday wishes?

Choosing the best birthday wishes depends on seven factors:

1. Knowing what you want to say is a good start.

If you know what you want, you just need to find birthday messages that say just about everything on your mind. Be sure that it reflects your true feelings (you don't want to come off as insincere to a friend or family member who knows you inside out). Knowing what you want to say, of course, is not the only way to begin your search. You can also start without a clue of what you would like to express in your birthday message. If you don't know what you want, simply opt for generic birthday messages (what I call "happy" birthday greetings on this site) that "feel right" to you (in other words, a message that fits your personality). So-called "happy" birthday messages are practically guaranteed to be inoffensive. 

2. Knowing the birthday boy or girl well makes all the difference.

Knowing whether or not he or she has, for example, a funny, clever, cool, sentimental or romantic side can really help you narrow your search. Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself about the recipient of your birthday greeting: What age will he or she be turning? Does he or she want his/her age mentioned in the birthday wish? When is the birthday of the birthday boy or girl? How do you know the birthday girl or boy? His or her personality? Education? Work history? Hobbies and/or interests? His or her idea of fun? Any talents or skills worth mentioning? Does he or she like to travel? Where? Favorite colors, animals and foods? Goals, dreams, job and school? 

3. Major milestone birthdays call for milestone birthday wishes.

When any of your loved ones, turn 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100, you need to pick birthday messages that not only pay tribute to these milestones but also reflect how the birthday girl or boy feels about reaching them. Is he or she freaking out about getting older or aging gracefully? Is he or she now more content with life or is every mountain a mole hole? The more you acknowledge the milestone and their reaction to it, the better your birthday message will be.

4. Don't go too far with the style you choose. 

When you want to pick a funny message, be funny. Don't be cruel. Nobody likes the cold, hard truth, even in jest. If you want to go the inspirational route, don't be condescending. People could usually smell condescension a mile away. If you want to be sentimental, don't be maudlin or melodramatic. It's just depressing on someone's birthday. If you want to be cool or clever, don't be cryptic. Nobody wants a puzzle for their birthday. If you want to go the generic route, don't be too generic (it sounds insincere and it's plain boring).

5. But don't be shy with your birthday messages. 

When you're too shy with your birthday messages, you could come off as cold, phony or, even worse, the "b" word (boring). Pick a message that truly speaks your heart. However, don't be too forward — you don't want to go too far and cross any lines by mistake. You'll just end up offending the birthday girl or boy.

6. Birthday messages are not engraved in stone. 

In other words, you can personalize any birthday wish on this site. In fact, adding your personal touch will only improve what I've written, since you obviously know the recipient of your message better than I do. What kind of changes should you make? Take a quick look at Message Guy Tip #6 below to get a good idea of what you need to do. 

7. Make sure that the birthday wishes you choose have no mistakes.

Last but certainly not least, check the birthday wishes you choose for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes. 

How do you say "Happy Birthday"
to someone special?

When you don't know what type of birthday message you should send someone, happy birthday wishes are the way to go. You might even say that they are the "safest" path to take. It's almost impossible to offend anyone with this type of birthday message.  

There's very little chance you'll accidentally insult someone with"happy" birthday wishes, given their benign nature. So, are these "nice" birthday greetings the best route for you? First, you need to consider why you're choosing happy birthday wishes in the first place.

  • Is it because you don't know what type of birthday greeting to send (or you just don't care what you send)? 
  • Do you want to avoid looking ridiculous with the wrong birthday message? 
  • Are you concerned that you might look inconsiderate if you don't send one at all?
  • If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, happy birthday wishes are the best option for you.

Out of all the birthday verses you can choose to give someone, the "happy” birthday message is the least risky. It’s virtually impossible to hurt people with this type of greeting. But it’s also the most generic kind of birthday wish you can pick for your loved ones. And you don't want to seem insincere.

You can avoid the pitfalls of "happy” birthday messages by keeping in mind why people like to receive them: they want birthday greetings that show you care enough about them to acknowledge their special day in a tangible way (in writing).

Ultimately, you should choose happy birthday wishes that show you appreciate the recipient of your message. You don't have to pick a birthday message with "deep" or "strong" sentiments — particularly if it's not for a family member or romantic interest. You just need to express "appropriate" feelings that you think will ring true for the birthday boy or girl, based on his or her personality. 

What's the perfect type of birthday wish? It's any birthday greeting that sheds a positive light on the best qualities of the birthday gal or guy, turning a birthday card or eCard into a "thank you" note and focusing on the year ahead (and what you hope it brings. The best birthday wishes also do not assume people are thrilled about a birthday, so  emphasizing the person instead of the milestone is the right route to take.

With all these tips in mind, the happy birthday wishes you choose can be a perfect, inoffensive birthday message not only for your family and friends, but also for coworkers, clients, acquaintances and the children of friends. For ideas, check out the examples on this page. Feel free to combine them, change them or use them "as is" if they express what you feel about the birthday gal or guy.

How do you personalize happy birthday wishes?

There are a many ways to say "Happy Birthday" to someone special, but only one way that makes birthday wishes special: you need to personalize the birthday wishes you send to them.

All the birthday wishes here have that personal touch you need. The best way to show you what I mean is to show you a generic birthday wish and what I would do to personalize it. 

Here's one: "As a husband, you’re wonderful. As my best friend, you’re simply amazing. Now that you’re 40, you’re, well, perfect. Happy birthday, sweetheart!"

There are three ways to personalize this birthday wish (without changing its overall message):

  1. You change the word "wonderful" to any other adjective (e.g. inspiring, supportive, loving).
  2. You can also change the word "amazing" to another adjective (whatever you think will make him feel truly special on his birthday).
  3. Plus, you can change the word "sweetheart" to your own term of endearment (such as darling, honey, sweetie pie, a cute variation of his name or just his name).

When is the best time to use birthday quotes?

Choosing birthday quotes over birthday wishes or birthday poems is something to consider when you want to make your birthday message truly stand out. That's what birthday quotes do best.  

In other words, the best time to say "Happy Birthday" with one or more birthday quotes in a card, eCard or text is when you want to make a big statement in the birthday greetings you write.

Birthday quotes are particularly ideal when you want to share your feelings about not only the birthday boy or girl, but also the birthday milestone itself. Major milestone moments, like someone's 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th or 100th birthday, call for birthday quotes loud and clear. That's because birthday quotes are pretty momentous themselves.

For the birthday guy or gal, reaching the age of 50 or 100 is a very big deal, so it requires clever, sentimental, inspirational, funny, romantic or cool words of wisdom that only famous writers can deliver through well-written, time-tested birthday quotes.

Of course, not all birthday quotes are created equal. Personally, I tend to choose inspirational birthday quotes over other styles, because who doesn't like to hear or read a few uplifting words about themselves on their birthday? Probably nobody. Inspiring birthday quotes, even by themselves, make wonderful birthday gifts.

Otherwise, I like to send, depending on the personality and circumstances of birthday girl or boy, sentimental, funny or cool birthday quotes.

The bottom line: whatever you do, be sure to select birthday quotes that, first and foremost, make the birthday gal or guy feel incredibly special and, lastly, express your true feelings about him or her.

Why do you need to add birthday wishes to birthday quotes?

Why do you need to add personal birthday wishes before and after famous birthday quotes? Put simply: birthday quotes without birthday wishes are like eating a hamburger without a bun. It's good but not great.

In other words, you need to make birthday quotes, which are written by someone who doesn't even know the birthday boy or girl, more personal. 

You shouldn't just famous birthday quotes into a card, eCard or text. Sandwiching birthday quotes with your own birthday wishes adds your personal touch — your personal feelings, your personal beliefs and your personal memories, making your "Happy Birthday" truly unique.

What's the best way to add birthday greetings to the birthday quotes you choose? Use birthday messages that put the birthday quotes into the proper context, showing the birthday boy or girl how and why they apply to him or her.

To see what I mean, glance at the personal birthday wishes right below. Each one could easily be added to the famous birthday quotes on this page.

Make Famous Happy Birthday Quotes More Personal

If you would like to add your personal touch to the famous birthday quotes on this page, you may want to add the heartfelt birthday wishes below:

  • Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday! Here's what I wish you on your special day!
  • Happy birthday! This famous birthday quote says it all for me!
  • Happy birthday! Here's how I feel about you!
  • Happy birthday! I love you. This is what I want to say to you but don always know how!
  • Happy birthday! Read this quote. It says what I cannot express in my own words!
  • Happy birthday! Hope these birthday wishes come true on your special day and every day!
  • Happy birthday! This quote expresses everything I want to share with you on your special day!
  • Happy birthday! Your special day comes only once a year, so I wanted to share this special thought with you today.
  • Happy birthday! I’m very happy that you came into my life. Here's how much!
  • I'm so thankful for your friendship. 
  • Hope your birthday is as amazing as you are! Here are my best wishes for you!
  • Happy birthday! Here's to you!
  • Happy birthday! Here's a quote that truly captures what I would like to say to you.
  • Here's how we should celebrate this very special day in your life. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday! Hope your special day is as sweet as this quote!
  • May your birthday (and every other day of the year) bring you as much joy as this birthday quote!
  • Happy birthday! May these words bring you as much happiness as you bring everybody who loves you!

Sure, birthday quotes are great on their own, but adding personal birthday wishes can make them truly stand out.

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Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches on, has been a content writer since 1993. In 2012, Kevin created this site to share the incredible power of words with birthday well-wishers everywhere.


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