Cool Birthday Wishes & Quotes

Cool birthday wishes and birthday quotes can only amp up the "cool factor" of your loved one's big day. If "cool" is what you think will make the birthday boy or girl feel awesome, take a look at the examples of cool birthday greetings here to express your feelings.

By Kevin Nishmas
Updated: February 18, 2024

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Pick cool birthday messages that sparkle with creativity and cool vibes to make the birthday guy or gal feel like a superstar. Whether you're looking for cool birthday wishes that are as chill as a laid-back evening or as exhilarating as a rollercoaster ride, you'll find the coolest words here to elevate any birthday celebration to epic proportions. 

On your birthday and unbirthdays, may your greatest pain be champagne and your greatest ache chocolate cake.

Happy birthday! May your journey through life take you as far as your drive and as close as your home.

You're much too young at heart to be this old. Happy birthday!

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Happy birthday. You're not really one year older — you're actually one day older than yesterday. 

The past is a faded, far-off reverie of moments. May your tomorrows be only flights of fancy that come beautifully and wonderfully true. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Wishing you the hindsight to be thankful for your past, the foresight to be grateful for your birthday and the insight to welcome tomorrow.

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Today and every day, live to learn well and learn to live well. Happy birthday!

May you find your birthday as amazing as your birthday finds you. 

Happy birthday! Each moment of each day, when the choice is between dancing or sitting it out, dance to the beat of your heart. 

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Happy birthday! May you live and love as long as you live to love and love to live.

May your feast days be many and your fast days be few, starting today. Happy birthday! 

Happy birthday! May your adventures be joyful and your joy full of adventure.

Happy birthday! May one and all respect you, trouble neglect you, dear ones protect you and love connect you. 

Happy birthday! Even in the worst of times, you only have the best to give.

Happy birthday. It's time to stop counting every birthday and start making every birthday count.

"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely."

- Roy T. Bennett

"There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it."

- Judith McNaught

"Happiness is not the absence of problems. It's the ability to deal with them."

- Steve Maraboli

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"Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it."

- Mary Oliver

"You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed."

- John Irving

"Let's try and avoid death in small doses, reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing."

- Martha Medeiros

"Your children need your presence more than your presents."

- Jesse Jackson

"Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time."

- Jean Paul

"The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity."

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will."

- Norman Vincent Peale

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

- Albert Einstein

"Don't go through life, GROW through life."

- Eric Butterworth

 "You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."

- Henry Drummond

"The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life."

- William James

"Sometimes I wonder if we live life by reliving life, rather than by living life."

- Ann Landers

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Happy birthday! May you have your birthday cake icing and eat it too.

Now and forever, may your heart be big enough to welcome all your friends and strong enough to hold them. Happy birthday!

Here's to birthdays — can't live with them, can't live without them. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday. May you live long and live well as if your life depended on it.

Happy birthday! As you sail through life, may the sea be gentle, the winds fair, the fish plentiful and the sky blue.

Happy birthday! Today and always, may you keep a song in your heart and a little dance in your step.

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Happy birthday. May you afford the luxury of time, contentment, dignity, success and choice all your days.

Getting older isn't all that bad when you consider the alternative: estate taxes (and the reason for them). Happy birthday!

Happy birthday. May you never throw in the towel. Anything worth getting takes blood, sweat and tears...and you'll need the towel.

Starting with your birthday, live each day as if it were your first, with nothing in your past to weigh you down and everything you hold dear ahead of you.

Happy birthday! As you stumble and soar through life, keep your eyes on the road ahead, not your rear-view mirror.

Happy birthday! May you keep a bit of the spark from your youth to ignite your passion in old age.

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Happy birthday. May you always have the power of passion to guide you on your path to happiness. 

Happy birthday! Hoping the best days behind you are the worst before you.

Happy birthday! May you always know why life is too precious to handle only with care. 

May joy make everything look rosy on your birthday and the greyest of your days.

Happy birthday. May you find beauty today and every day amidst life's swirling chaos.

Happy birthday. Wishing you a special day and life filled with the joy of love, wonder, laughter, purpose and Oreos.

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Happy birthday! In life, it's not about how many birthdays that have come and gone. It's about how many birthdays are yet to come.

Happy birthday! May you always remember we do not get older with each birthday — we reach newer heights.

Birthdays are like wine. Some, if spoiled by time and circumstance, taste like vinegar, but most, with the right course, just get better with age. Happy birthday!

Wherever you are, there's the bliss that can only come from love, peace and kindness! Happy birthday!

May you only know the thrill of living every moment of your life and, even more so, on your special day. Happy birthday!

Our birthdays are fleeting, yet exquisite moments in time. Enjoy yours!

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May the clouds on the horizon be only a backdrop for the bright, sunny days of your life. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Today and every other day of the year, may you forget what's best forgotten and remember what's best remembered.

Enjoy every minute of your birthday. There's plenty of time to be dead afterwards.

May misfortune never find you and may you forever find and the rest of your days. Happy birthday!

Your birthday is not just the first day of another year in your life, but the first day of another year of life. Happy birthday!

Youth is given to you to throw away like a newspaper. Age is bestowed upon you to appreciate like fine art! Happy birthday!

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Happy birthday! You and I should not spend another second even thinking about our glory days. We should be happy we're still here for our birthdays!

Happy birthday! Age is for bean counters. Just savor every second of your time on Earth.

Happy birthday! Yes, life is precious, no matter how old we are. Love yourself. Celebrate life. It's your special day. Make it special!

Certain things don't change. Birthdays are all the same: they all celebrate who you are and what you mean to everyone. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! The adventure continues. Keep searching. You’ll find your way.

Happy birthday! As we age, the meaning of life gets clearer. Hindsight is 20/20 vision. 

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Happy birthday! To stay young at heart is the heart of the matter. Trust your heart.

If what does not kill us makes us stronger, you're the strongest person I know. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! If you have your health, you have everything you need to be happy.

Happy birthday! Age has a certain redeeming quality As you get older, you may not burn as bright, but the fire in your belly keeps you warmer.

Happy birthday! All you really need is self-love. It's the best kind of love.

Happy birthday! If you let age wrinkle your body, mind and soul, it will make you old before your time. . May you have only smooth days ahead!

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Happy birthday! By any standard, you will always be beautiful to me.

Happy birthday! With age comes wisdom. May you only get wiser and wiser in the years ahead.

Happy birthday! May the sky always be filled with stars that guide you to everlasting joy and wonder.

Happy birthday! Staying young means change. Hoping every day brings you enough change to keep you young at heart.

Happy birthday! Faith is the greatest gift you can give yourself on your special day! Keep the faith!

Happy birthday! May you always be the master of your journey. Your dreams are sure to take you places no one else could ever imagine.

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Happy birthday! Getting to know yourself is the best journey of all. Knowing you has changed my life. You should try it yourself. 

Happy birthday! May you never go gracefully anywhere. You should go kicking and screaming, making yourself heard and felt.

Happy birthday! Never underestimate your sense of humor. Your humor has always made sense to me. You can make anyone laugh.

Happy birthday! Keep your soul stoked and burning!

Happy birthday! May your regrets only bring you joy.

Happy birthday! Live like nobody is watching.

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Happy birthday! Learn or do something new every day, and you'll never grow old!

Happy birthday! Don't live in fear. Let love guide you through the dark! 

Happy birthday! May you have many more years of trial, error and breakthroughs.

Happy birthday! May you have the strength to move on or take my hand to move on together.

Happy birthday! Wishing you forward momentum all the days of your life!

Happy birthday! Keep opening doors.

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Happy birthday! You are strength personified!

Happy birthday! Let's celebrate our age-old beauty!

Happy birthday! May you choose to embrace joy today!

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Cool birthday wishes that are quotes aren't cold — quite the opposite. These cool birthday wishes are birthday messages that are so hot that they're "cool." For inspiration, check out the examples of cool birthday quotes below.

"No wise man ever wished to be younger."

~ Jonathan Swift

"Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time."

~ Jean Paul

"The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity."

~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."

 ~ Voltaire

"Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult."

~ C. S. Lewis

"If you look over the years, the styles have changed — the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavors. But if you really look at the cake itself, it's really the same."

~ John Oates

"Forget the failures. Keep the lessons." 

~ Dalai Lama

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."

~ Albert Einstein

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."

~ Maya Angelou

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"We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it."

~ Jules Renard

"A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present."

~ Thomas Fuller

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

~ Amos Bronson Alcott

"The secret to eternal youth is arrested development."

~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth

"It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age."

~ Margaret Mead

"There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval."

~ George Santayana

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"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

"One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them."

~ Virginia Woolf

"Age has been the perfect fire extinguisher for flaming youth."

~ Navjot Singh Sidhu

"Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth."

 ~ Mason Cooley

"Youth has no age."

~ Pablo Picasso

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"To love one's self is the beginning of a life-long romance."

~ Oscar Wilde

"While we are postponing, life speeds by."

~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Things won are done. Joy's soul lies in the doing."

~ William Shakespeare

"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul."

~ Douglas MacArthur

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"A woman has the age she deserves."

~ Coco Chanel

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"He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden."

~ Plato

"I think women should start to embrace their age. What's the alternative to getting older? You die. I can't change the day I was born. But I can take care of my skin, my body, my mind, and try to live my life and be happy."

~ Olivia Munn

"Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success."

~ Louisa May Alcott

"Blessed are the hearts that can bend. They shall never be broken."

~ Albert Camus

"The golden age is before us, not behind us."

~ William Shakespeare

"Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over."

~ Miriam Makeba

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"In youth we learn; in age we understand."

~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"Age shouldn't affect you. It's just like the size of your shoes - they don't determine how you live your life! You're either marvelous or you're boring, regardless of your age."

~ Steven Morrissey

"For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day."

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change."

~ Thomas Hardy

"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination."

~ John Keats

"Lost time is never found again."

~ Benjamin Franklin

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"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

~ William Shakespeare

"People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach retirement age seem very admirable to me."

~ Helen Hayes

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

~ The Bible

"Time equals life. Therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life."

~ Alan Lakein

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

~ James Dean

"Old age is just a record of one's whole life."

~ Muhammad Ali

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"Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you."

~ Marilyn Monroe

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

~ Harriet Tubman

"Youngsters of the age of two and three are endowed with extraordinary strength. They can lift a dog twice their own weight and dump him into the bathtub."

~ Erma Bombeck

"I think being able to age gracefully is a very important talent. It is too late for me."

~ Clint Eastwood

"Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health."

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life."

~ Aphra Behn

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"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."

~ William James

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is."

~ Francis Bacon

"Courage is grace under pressure."

~ Ernest Hemingway

"I want to live to be 120. That's when I will start worrying about my age."

~ Helena Christensen

"Age acquires no value save through thought and discipline."

~ James Truslow Adams

"Even though I am extremely blessed to have accomplished many of my goals at such a young age, I am still reaching, still striving."

~ Jennifer Hudson

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"Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution."

~ Kahlil Gibran

"Happiness, contentment, the health and growth of the soul, depend, as men have proved over and over again, upon some simple issue, some single turning of the soul."

~ George A. Smith

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

"I was always too mature for my age - and not very happy. I had no young friends. I wish I could go back to those days. If I could only live it all again, how I would play and enjoy other girls. What a fool I was."

~ Maria Callas

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

~ Chinese Proverb

"I wear clothes that most people in the Midwest would probably deem inappropriate at my age. And I rock a bikini all summer long. I know that it's not normal, but I just don't care. I live once."

~ Liz Phair 

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"It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years."

~ Tom Lehrer

"I never went to college when I was young and am looking forward to giving it a try... at age 65!"

~ Martin Sheen

"Everyone takes pause at 40. It's the age you have to assess everything in your life...The world really does look at you to kind of have it together by 40..."

~ Paul Feig

"I absolutely refuse to reveal my age. What am I — a car?"

~ Cyndi Lauper

"You just never know when you're living in a golden age."

~ Alexander Payne

"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship."

~ Louisa May Alcott

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"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from."

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."

~ Franklin P. Jones

"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them."

~ John C. Maxwell

"Moving on is a simple thing — what it leaves behind is hard."

~ Dave Mustaine

"Every age, after all, must have its own aisling and dream of a better, kinder, happier, shared world."

~ Michael D. Higgins

"Man maintains his balance, poise and sense of security only as he is moving forward."

~ Maxwell Maltz

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"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."

~ Chinese Proverb

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

~ Alexander Graham Bell

"Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong."

~ Leo Buscaglia

"The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income."

~ George Foreman

"While I had often said that I wanted to die in bed, what I really meant was that in my old age I wanted to be stepped on by an elephant while making love."

~ Roger Zelazny

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"Age is something only in your head or a stereotype. Age means nothing when you are passionate about something."

~ Carolina Herrera

"...It's not about age...I believe women of all ages can wear anything."

~ Ralph Lauren

"I'm at the wise woman age, where it's not about learning, but utilizing the information that I have in a way that serves other people."

~ Iyanla Vanzant

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"Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have."

~ Norman Vincent Peale 

"You get to a certain age and you just want to prove that you can still rock - that you've still got it."

~ Jarvis Cocker

"Denying the lines on our faces makes a comment about age and wisdom I don't care to make.”

~ Debra Winger

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"People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year."

~ Peter Drucker

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."

~ William Shakespeare

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

~ William Jennings Bryan

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How do you write cool birthday wishes?

When something's cool, you know it almost immediately. But "cool" is something that's hard to define, no matter how much you try. 

Birthday wishes and quotes can be cool. What gives cool birthday wishes and quotes their coolness? To get a better idea of what makes them cool, take a look at what two researchers have to say about it. They have cracked the code, so to speak, defining what makes things cool. 

According to Why Lorde's acne is cool and Miley's twerking isn't, an article on, researchers Caleb Warren and Margaret C. Campbell have come up with an airtight definition of "cool" that may actually work in today's cool-obsessed society.

The definition? "Coolness is a subjective, positive trait perceived in people, brands, products and trends that are autonomous in an appropriate way." 

Basically, "cool has something to do with being autonomous or independent, without crossing the line of being too freaky, the researchers found." They believe that "coolness is akin to creativity and uniqueness and that's something many of us desire."

Ultimately, "things are cool only to the extent that others consider them cool." 

The researchers say that "there are also infinite ways to be uncool, but that the following three factors guarantee an uncool status: 

  • Being too normal
  • Being too strange
  • Liking uncool people or things

This explains why Lorde's acne is cool — because it's autonomous in an appropriate way that others consider cool. It also indicates why Miley's twerking isn't cool — because it's too freaky.   

So what makes cool birthday wishes cool?

Cool birthday wishes possess a certain "uniqueness" that falls somewhere between "too normal" and "too strange." This uniqueness can come from an ingenious pun, witty turn of phrase, clever thought or a fanciful poetic image.

The cool birthday wishes here have this unique aura of coolness. Choose cool birthday wishes that come closest to your idea of cool since, after all, things are cool only to the extent that you consider them cool.

What you need to do is to pick cool birthday wishes that are not too cool for you or the recipient of your birthday greeting. Why? Because cool birthday wishes that are too cool can come off as cold (as in the "unfeeling" version of cold). This is not good. What's better is to just select cool birthday wishes that cleverly express how you feel about the birthday boy or girl.

Showing your feelings to the people you love — now that's pretty cool. Do it with the cool birthday wishes here.

How do you pick cool birthday quotes?

"Cool" is hard to define but it's easy to spot. Birthday quotes can be cool. What type of cool birthday quotes are right for the birthday girl or boy you have in mind? That depends...

"Cool" is not to everyone's taste. Some people prefer a simple saying over a "hip" message. Others crave an edgy tone to their birthday quotes.

In other words, only choose the “cool” route when you’re sure it’s the way to go. Of course, you should not be too cool with your cool birthday quotes. 

Some cool birthday messages may come off as, well, cold. You want to “knock the socks off” the loved ones celebrating a birthday with cool, well-chosen, famous birthday quotes, but you don't want to be impersonal or, worse, irrelevant.

How do you know if the cool birthday quote you choose is "way, way too cool" for the birthday boy or girl? Well, if you agree with any of the statements below, you'll know that you've gone too cool and need to pick another quote.

  • You don't entirely understand the quote (and must consult Wikipedia or a dictionary to know what it means). 
  • You can't help but feel nothing (or, worse, numb) after reading this cool birthday quote. 
  • No one in their right mind would send such a weird quote. 
  • You have no idea who wrote the quote (you've never heard of the author). 
  • Your high school or university professor often refers (or referred) to this quote (never a good sign).

Just pick cool birthday quotes that strike a personal chord with you and express how you sincerely feel about the birthday boy or girl.

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