Inspirational Birthday Wishes

The best inspirational birthday wishes and quotes can make your loved ones feel truly special and inspired. For ideas, use the 200+ examples of inspirational birthday messages here to write an uplifting, heartwarming birthday message for your loved ones.

By Kevin Nishmas
Updated: January 7, 2024

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What type of inspirational birthday messages should you use? Whatever you choose, write inspirational birthday greetings that can change the life of the birthday guy or gal for the better. Below are examples to get you started.

Inspirational Birthday Wishes

Inspirational birthday wishes can change the course of a loved one's life. You've probably seen many inspirational birthday wishes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so you know how powerful these birthday messages can be. Need ideas? Check out the examples of inspirational birthday wishes below.

I know you are young now but I can already tell that you will one day be a superstar at whatever you do. Happy birthday!

When I think of the world’s most amazing teenager, I think of you. May every dream you have spread its wings and fly high! Happy birthday!

You’re this age only once, so make the best of it. Live your life like nobody’s watching! Happy birthday!

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Today could be the start of something special! Enjoy every second of your birthday! Then, carry that joy in your pocket like spare change (so it will be there when you need it)!

May life take you on a journey you never imagined, bringing you to a destination that stirs your soul, gives you peace of mind and surrounds you with love! Happy birthday!

You're a total original! Never a follower. Always a leader. You are an amazing trailblazer! Don't you ever forget it! Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! At your age, you have so much to experience, and what an experience it will be.

Happy birthday! I know you will have the greatest of special days, a great year and an even greater lifetime.

Happy birthday! Your age is no reflection of who you are or what you're capable of. It's only the age of the machine that houses what really defines you: your kind heart and soul.

Happy birthday! How old or young you are has nothing to do with who you really are. Age is a testament to how much you've lived, and you've lived well.

Happy birthday. You still have so much more to explore. May your journey take you to where you want to be.

Happy birthday. The path ahead may seem full of uncertainty, but every bend brings a different view — mostly magnificent. Like you.

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Happy birthday. Life on Earth is a gift. Take it out, live it and share it. You'll be rewarded with even greater gifts.

Happy birthday. Today is wonderfully a milestone that marks where you've been and where you have left to go. May you keep surpassing every milestone down the road.

Happy birthday. With every birthday, you become a little wiser and happier. In time, you'll be so wise that happiness will be as natural as opening your eyes in the morning. You'll see.

Happy birthday, my dear dreamer. Keep your dreams alive and well, for the dreamers today are the pioneers of a beautiful tomorrow.

Happy birthday! In time, you will achieve great things. This I know. What's left is for you to find out yourself.

Happy birthday! Don't sell yourself short. You have too much to sell. All you need is a sign. Let me be your sign.

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Happy birthday! You are great. You have great talent. You have great gifts. You are greatly loved. May you one day see what I see right now. That will be a great day.

Happy birthday! Nobody compares to you. You're truly a unique soul. And you  shine brighter with every birthday you're blessed to have.

Happy birthday! You are a wonderful example of what happens when someone is blessed with love, joy and wonder. May you always be blessed just so.

Happy birthday. May you never stop dreaming, for your dreams are what will take to the greatest heights. I know it.

Happy birthday. Your birthday is but a milestone you celebrate on the road to eternal joy and adventure. May you celebrate many more milestones.

Happy birthday. Make rainbows when it rains, so you can discover the pot of gold that ultimately awaits you in the sunshine.

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Happy birthday. Try to touch the sky. It doesn't matter if you fail, since you'll still soar to heights that we mere mortals will never reach.

Happy birthday. May you spread your wings, soar higher than you ever imagined and shower this world with your beauty.

Wishing you the heart, strength and foresight to see the incredible places your dreams will take you in the years to come!

Your cup has always "runneth" over. That's what makes you special. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! May your dreams bring you bliss, unleashing everything beautiful that life has to offer.

Happy birthday! Here's to you, someone who has shown me how to live life, dream by dream, relishing all the joy and wonder that life has to give crazy dreamers like you and me.

Happy birthday! You inspire me in the best way possible — to be inspired even when everything and everyone isn't! That's a wonderful gift you have!

It must be destiny that brought us together, but it was definitely you who so generously brought us as far as we've come. Happy birthday!

You've always had my back, even when it was pinned against the wall. You know what's important: just showing up. Happy birthday!

In my darkest times, you always find a crack in the walls I hide behind for the light to pour in. You are everything that's wonderful in this world. Happy birthday!

You have a brilliant gift. You shine. May you always beam a beautiful light for others to follow. Happy birthday!

Your strength, spirit and joy amaze me. I cannot wait for these beautiful qualities to amaze you. One day, they will. This I know for sure. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! With you in my life, I've opened my eyes to love, joy, faith, forgiveness and wonder. I cannot wait to see more from you.

You make every day brighter with all the light from your big, generous heart. You are a role model for kindness. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! You are as near to perfect as anybody truly great can be. Don't change a thing about yourself.

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Happy birthday! Don't think about the road traveled. Look forward to the byways and highways ahead. The best part of your journey is yet to come. Enjoy the ride and, every once and awhile, stop to enjoy the view.

If you truly believe in yourself, everybody will believe in you too. I believe you have what it takes to succeed at anything. Happy birthday! 

Happy birthday! Let everybody else struggle with life's baby steps, You're a giant, so I know you have it in you to make great strides.

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When your mind, heart and eyes are wide open, your dreams will come true. I know you have enough of a beautiful mind, kind heart and sharp eye to find your way to your bliss. Happy birthday!

Some people have a special light in them that illuminates this world. When in doubt or despair, read this message and know that I think you're one of the special few who shines bright. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! You have a brave heart. You have the courage to be who you are. Take flight! Birthdays are made for flights of fancy!

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Throw away the sails on your birthday and let the winds of change take you into the unknown. Life is more of an adventure when you venture out of your comfort zone. Happy birthday!

Stay brave, positive and upbeat every day — and let your hopes and dreams be your guide! Happy birthday!

A wonderful life awaits you. A life full of joy, love and prosperity. You have so much potential and truly deserve life's best (even if you don't think so). Happy birthday!

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On your birthday, may you have the wind in your sails to stand up to life’s toughest storms and coast through every beautiful, sunny day. Happy birthday!

At your age, you begin to learn so much about true love and real joy. Rest assured you will have the time of your life discovering both of them. Happy birthday!

Hoping you grow up to be a wise person. You're already a fabulous person. Stay as amazing as you are and keep making the world a better place. Happy birthday!

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May all your dreams take flight when you're ready to fly! This birthday could be the beginning of this journey! I hope so!

You've seen, heard and done so much for someone your age. Wishing you more of everything that fulfills you and gives you purpose. Carry on! Happy birthday!

Every passing year brings new experiences and renewed hope for tomorrow. May you have an eternity of both. Happy birthday! 

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You have been an inspiring role model your entire life. Your legacy of inspiration will enrich our lives and those of every new generation in our family. Happy birthday!

You are truly unique and deserve the respect that comes with accomplishing so much with so little, except for your brains, brawn and bravery. Happy birthday, sweet prince!

You're not special — you're the most special person I know! You have achieved more in your short life than most people accomplish in a lifetime. Happy birthday!

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When you come right down to it, there are really two ways to go through life. You can either laugh or cry. You've always laughed, making me laugh. That's what makes you special. Happy birthday!

You are an endless source of inspiration for the people in your life who know and love you. Happy birthday to the brightest light in all our lives!

Happy birthday! You are truly the light in my life. You make me shine my very brightest, even during my darkest times. 

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Tomorrow can bring untold joy, love and peace of mind. Whatever your troubles, sleep on it! Happy birthday! Here's to tomorrow!

May every year of your life bring you new friends, greater wisdom, renewed hope and just enough light to stir your soul, tame your demons and fan the flames of love. You deserve it! Happy birthday!

You are a light in everybody's life. If I’m even half as inspirational as you at your age, I could very well be the next Oprah. Happy birthday!

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You're an incredibly consistent role model and a relentlessly compassionate life coach. I can't thank you enough! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

You always encourage me. Whether it's a few simple words, a big bear hug or a hand on my shoulder, you've made me move mountains in my life. Happy birthday!

In life, you never know what the next day will bring. But you've always been there for me. I can count on you. Happy birthday! 

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Whenever I've faced life’s obstacles, you've seen me through them. Whenever I've been disappointed by the world’s ugliness, you've encouraged me to see its beauty. Whenever I've had my back against the wall, you've had my back. Thank you and happy birthday!

When I fall, you pick me up. You make stand tall. If I've achieved anything in life and the corporate world, it’s due to you and the examples you've set for me. You are my role model. Happy birthday!

You may think your age is a giant number, but you have it all wrong — you've always been a giant in the lives of your loved ones! May you have a birthday as awesome as you are!

I am glad that the world has been blessed by an amazing person like you for so many years! You make every day brighter with your love and warmth! Happy birthday.

Money can't buy you love. It also can't buy you the type of inspiration I get from someone as amazing as you. You are my mentor in life. I'm so grateful that I have you in my life. Happy birthday!

Keep your beautiful smile, your boundless love of life and your relentless optimism. You light up every moment of the day. Happy birthday!

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If you are born with a talent, you were meant to use it in some way. This birthday, may you discover many more secret talents in yourself. Happy birthday!

Every birthday, decide to live wholeheartedly, as if it were your last birthday ever. Every birthday, learn more wholeheartedly, as if you never knew anything before. Happy birthday!

As you get older, have more dreams than memories, more opportunities than chances, more hard work than luck and more friends than acquaintances. May you have the very best in life. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to someone who defines the word "bravery": even in your saddest moments, you rise up, brush off your heart and walk into the light, looking for your Holy Grail. 

Happy birthday to someone who utterly rejects the idea of getting older. You definitely look and act the part well!

You make everything better. You just have a knack of making me feel amazing. That's a remarkable gift. I hope I do the same for you. Happy birthday!

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Do you want to look back in life and think about what a great life you've had? Always look ahead to the next adventure! Happy birthday!

May each birthday you celebrate bestow upon you great things: like the confidence to chase after your dreams and the wisdom to chase after the right ones...starting with this birthday!

When you look back at your life, like what you see? Don't worry — you have many tomorrows to walk away from the past, reinvent yourself and start rebuilding for the future. I know you can. Happy birthday!

On your birthday, we're here to tell you that we will always back you in everything you do. Happy birthday!

You should have the wings of an angel. You've certainly earned them from all the lives you've touched and continue to touch in your special way. Hoping your birthday is truly your special day.

As you travel through life, may you always have love, joy and success...and may you never look back with anger or regret. Happy birthday!

Counting your blessings and loved ones is a joy that very few have on their birthdays. May you always have happiness in your life. Happy birthday!

On your birthday, I wish you a year full of success and joy. With faith, courage and dedication, no dream is too big. Happy birthday.

Your birthday today is special because it marks your amazing journey you since birth and the beginning of many more new adventures and discoveries. happy birthday. 

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If you think you've lived life fully until now, you know nothing. The best years of your life are yet to come. Live it up! Happy birthday!

Have you made many wishes? May all your wishes come true on your birthday and take off ever after. Happy birthday!

Your birthday is the perfect opportunity to take a break, look at everything around you, feel alive with all your heart and promise yourself to do great things. Happy birthday!

Keep up your efforts, tune out the noise and you will certainly get what you desire, starting with a very happy-go-lucky birthday.

Today, your birthday, is only one of many, many major milestones you will celebrate in your life. Happy birthday. Let the next celebration begin!

Happiness belongs to dreamers like you who never consider the impossibilities of their dreams. Happy birthday.

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You're a beautiful person in every sense of the word. I'm blessed to know you. Happy birthday.

Happy birthday! Don’t think about your age. Think about the many milestones you've celebrated in your life…and how much more await you, beginning just around the corner. 

Happy birthday! May you always pirouette through life with elegance and grace.

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Happy birthday to a real role model. Tremendous achievements demand tremendous dedication. We know you've got that stick-to-itiveness to move mountains, even the most tremendous!

I've inherited what’s good in the world from you. Joy. Love. Kindness. Patience. You still have so much more to give. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! This is the perfect time to thank you for your immense compassion, love, determination and faith. If I ever amount to anything one day, it’s due to you! You’re my hero.

The candles on your birthday cake will never be brighter than the beautiful, loving light you shine on the world. Happy birthday!

You've taught me many lessons, but the most important of all is the power of love. It truly conquers everything and deprives no one. Wishing you a birthday as full as my heart is for you.

Your future is so bright that it may be blinding you to all the amazing possibilities before your eyes! You birthday is as good a time as any to start wearing sunglasses.

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Like a vintage sports car, you only get more valuable with time. This year, you're beyond priceless to me — you're irreplaceable and have never been more irresistible. Happy birthday!

Knowing you, your scrapbook of life must be overflowing with unforgettable and remarkable moments. May you add many more for years and years. Happy birthday!

You have a special way of brightening everybody’s life with your "joie de vivre." Wishing you a birthday as blissful as your outlook on life!

You stand out in the crowd — and always will — for the simple reason that the radiant light you bring to our little world and the world around us can be seen for miles and miles. Happy birthday, beautiful soul!

Every candle on your cake is a glowing reminder of the light you bring into everyone’s lives each year. May your birthday reflect the light you give off every day!

You're what my father used to call a "keeper" — a catch so amazing you would never even think to throw it back into water. I think I'll keep you. Happy birthday!

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You can definitely teach an old dog new dreams (especially when it comes to you). Happy birthday to my favorite dreamer.

This is a wonderful time to start living. It's time to reach down deep and grab happiness by the horns. Happy birthday!

You don't cease to exist at your age. Now that you're a full-fledged grownup, your life experience will take you places you never imagined. Happy birthday!

The time is now. Live in the here and now, starting today. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Happiness is in the eyes of the beholder. Behold the joy before you.

Live for today. Learn something new every day. On your special day, learn to celebrate your life.

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Dream away. No dream is too big! Happy birthday!

What goes around comes around. Instant "good" karma's going to get you. Happy birthday!

Start fresh. Clean the slate, starting now. Your bright future awaits. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Reward yourself with hope...on your special day and all your tomorrows. You have earned it!

It's true, you're only as old as you feel! Happy birthday!

Wear your age as a badge of honor. It's wonderful when you're comfortable in your own skin, even it's wrinkled. Happy birthday!

It would be great if we weren't so hung up on age! This way, we would just count the ways our life is yours! Happy birthday!

Everything looks brilliant from here! Everything ahead glitters like gold. Happy birthday! There is so much to look forward to!

Happy birthday! When it comes to contentment, experience can be your guide. Time has a way of teaching us painful, yet necessary happiness lessons. Happy birthday!

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You can change yourself like a suit. Keep reinventing yourself, until you find just the right fit. It's the key to happiness. Have an amazing birthday!

Happy birthday! Follow your own bliss. Your own path will lead you to happiness. Start today!

The first step is acceptance. Be comfortable in your own skin, even if it shows every line life has given you. Embrace every birthday, starting with this one!

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You are your own best friend. I know I'd like to be best friends with your inner best friend, no matter how old yours gets. Happy birthday!

Age is just a wrinkle in time. And time is only a wrinkle on your face, so keep the faith every moment and dream big every day! Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Live to love and love to live.

Happy birthday! Everything good comes to those who age. Your life is beautiful. Only wisdom and experience can show you this undeniable truth.

Happy birthday! Today is the first day of the rest of your successful life. You'll be ahead of everyone in no time.

You are indeed a happy soul. Happy soul birthday!

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You're amazing (you just don't know it yet). Now it's time to astound yourself. Happy birthday!

Accepting your age is a big mistake. Seek glory wherever you roam! Happy birthday!

Your legacy matters. You will leave behind more than an estate. You will leave a legacy of love, hope and joy. You're a legend in your own time. Happy birthday!

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The best inspirational birthday quotes give you the courage to start living life to the fullest, revealing the path to a far brighter future. That's what the inspirational birthday quotes here have done for me. As inspirational birthday wishes, that's what each one below can do for your loved ones celebrating a birthday.


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"Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today."
-James Dean

For the birthday boy or girl: Not all dreamers are hopeless romantics, and not all hopeless romantics are dreamers. Somewhere in between are the dreamers with their eyes wide open to life's blessings in disguise. We should count ourselves blessed and start living life the way we want.

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"Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life."
Leo Buscaglia

For the birthday boy or girl: To the uninitiated, reckless or discarded, the road to love is fraught with risk. Love is actually as natural as riding a bike, once we get the hang of it. Sure, we might get hurt along the way, but we're more likely to take the ride of our lives, feeling more alive than ever.

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"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

For the birthday boy or girl: Ever since we were kids, work was work and play was fun, and never the twain shall meet. Anyway, that's what we were always told. It's not what many of us believe now. 

Work, play — these are just words. Aside from the dictionary, there's really nothing compelling us to make a clear and absolute distinction between the two, except ourselves.

We should follow our bliss and, before we know it, we'll end up on the path to true happiness and wealth.

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"Family is not an important thing. It's everything."
Michael J. Fox

For the birthday boy or girl: Most of us, if we care to admit it, tend to hurt the ones we love and allow them to hurt us. But this fact is only one side of the "dysfunctional family" coin. 

The other side is unconditional love, the kind that can heal even the gravest of wounds the world can inflict on us. That's a bargain. And that's everything.

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"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take."
Wayne Gretzky

For the birthday boy or girl: Out of all the quotes in the "nothing ventured, nothing gained" vein, this one should truly score big time with us.

Wayne Gretzky, although he may seem like a hockey deity to the world, is just a boy from the small town of Brantford, Ontario, where he honed his incredible hockey skills on a backyard rink.

Gretzky (and the world) would have never gotten to know him as "the greatest hockey player ever" if he had stayed in his backyard.  But he ventured beyond it. He took his shot...and then some. We should take ours.

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"Join the company of lions rather than assume the lead among foxes."
-The Talmud

For the birthday boy or girl: We don't need to be from a particular religious background or, for that matter, be religious at all to rise to the stature of a lion. 

We just need to be a leader of character in spirit, ready to set a good example every chance we get—if not for others, for ourselves. 

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"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

As Paul McCartney once sang, "the love you take Is equal to the love you make." In other words, making a friend is as easy as following the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. So, we should do unto others and let them do unto us!

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"To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best."
William M. Thackeray

Love is like oxygen. It's vital to our lives, whatever form it takes. Fortunately for us, like oxygen, it's everywhere. Unfortunately, it's just as invisible to the naked eye.

If we have any chance of coming face to face with it, we'll need to check our excess baggage at love's door and let our hearts be our compass. It's time to breathe in love's splendor and kiss away those lonely nights.

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"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou

Kindness is a currency we can afford to exchange wholeheartedly with the ones closest to us and those yet to be. Smile. Laugh. Listen. Appreciate. Give. Share. Love.

That's all it takes to bequeath the joy we feel to our loved ones. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind when we've left the room or this world.

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

It's so obvious, yet so elusive: loving ourselves can only lead to true happiness. To paraphrase the title of a song by the Beatles, all we need is self-love. It's not the easiest thing to give ourselves, but our inner child depends on it.

Our hearts and souls need self-love. With a little bit to start our days, everything starts to look somewhat rosier. We can start small.

Take ourselves out on a date. If it feels right to us, we can really go to town and give ourselves a wonderful night to remember. Our world needs this special brand of love.

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"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."

- Napoleon Hill

"The most simple things can bring the most happiness."

- Izabella Scorupco

"Hope is the only thing stronger than fear."

- Suzanne Collins

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"Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

- Guillaume Apollinaire

"We accept the love we think we deserve."

- Stephen Chbosky

"The poorest man is he whose only wealth is money."

- Unknown

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"The most inspiring piece of advice I've gotten is simply to persevere. My mom taught me to always keep going no matter what from an early age. When it feels too difficult to push forward, I always remind myself, 'This too shall pass,' and then I redouble my efforts."

- Liya Kebede

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm."

- Aldous Huxley

"Being confident is the key to life. Don't be afraid to be you! I'm super different from a lot of kids my age with style and personality, and I'm OK with it. And if you are OK with it, everyone else will be, too. Just be yourself."

- Leo Howard

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"There's a vintage which comes with age and experience."

- Jon Bon Jovi

"When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age."

- Victor Hugo

"I'm happy to report that my inner child is still ageless."

- James Broughton

"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative."

- Maurice Chevalier

"Old age and the passage of time teach all things."

- Sophocles

"Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks."

- Thomas Browne

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

- Les Brown

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."

- Aristotle Onassis

"If life really begins on your 40th birthday, it's because that's when women finally get it...the guts to take back their lives."

- Laura Randolph

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"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."

- Warren Buffett

"All that I know I learned after I was thirty."

- Georges Clemenceau

"We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be."

- Lauren Hutton

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"Age is opportunity no less than youth itself."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance."

 - Brian Tracy

"He not busy being born is busy dying."

- Bob Dylan

"Live not one's life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last."

 - Marcus Aurelius

"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."

- Franz Kafka

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever."

- Mahatma Gandhi

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"The way I see it, you should live every day like it’s your birthday."

- Paris Hilton

"If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm."

 - Bruce Barton

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."

- Henry David Thoreau

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."

- Oprah Winfrey

"Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new."

- Sammy Hagar

"It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm."

- Sam Levenson

"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

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."

- George Burns

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

- Abraham Lincoln

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"In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups. In old age, we yearn to be kids. It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn't have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order."

- Robert Brault

"Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again."

- Menachem Mendel Schneerson

"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

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"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

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

- William Shakespeare

"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

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

- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

- George Eliot

"At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since."

- Salvador Dali

Inspirational Birthday Wishes and Quotes to Lift Up Someone's Big Day

"We are always the same age inside."

- Gertrude Stein

"The wisdom of age: don't stop walking."

- Mason Cooley

"I would always encourage people of any age not to be so quick to follow other people's truths but to search and follow your own moral code and live by your own integrity, and mostly just be brave."

- Jewel

"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."

- Bill Copeland

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

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Inspirational Birthday Wishes and Quotes to Lift Up Someone's Big Day

"There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It's impossible to be mature without having lived."

- Amy Grant

"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

"Live each day as if your life had just begun."

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."

- Betty Friedan

"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age."

- Anais Nin

Inspirational Birthday Wishes and Quotes to Lift Up Someone's Big Day

"Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are."

- Muhammad Ali

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."

- Nido Qubein

"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

Inspirational Birthday Wishes and Quotes to Lift Up Someone's Big Day

"Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold. Happiness dwells in the soul."

- Democritus

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."

- Thomas A. Edison

"What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?"

- Robert H. Schuller

"Age is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years."

- Martha Graham

"The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind."

- William Wordsworth

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

- Thomas Carlyle

"No matter how far you've come or how far you have yet to go, you should never stray too far away from home."

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"Wherever you go, it should be where you want to be, even when it isn't."

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"Understand life backwards. Live life forward."

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Inspirational Birthday Wishes and Quotes to Lift Up Someone's Big Day

"It's not all about a lucky roll of the dice. A losing roll may just be the beginning of your next winning streak."

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"Failure is just another signpost that keeps you centered on whatever road you choose."

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"Every once and awhile, you have to take a risk to think boldly and act decisively through all the noise."

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Inspirational Birthday Wishes and Quotes to Lift Up Someone's Big Day

"Everybody should have a happy place all their own. Mine is John, Paul, George and Ringo. Yours too could just be a Beatles song away."

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"From the moment I met my son and daughter, they've embodied every part of me, all my greatest joys for now and all my greatest hopes from now on."

- Kevin Nishmas

"Love, in its purest form, is more than an affair of the heart. It's unconditional joy and beauty rolled up into a mother's ever-forgiving hug."

- Kevin Nishmas

Inspirational Birthday Wishes and Quotes to Lift Up Someone's Big Day

"The only constant in the world is not change. It's love."

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"The only regret I have is that it took me so long to turn my own regrets into the pivotal, life-affirming plot twists they've ultimately become."

- Kevin Nishmas

"Seeking your bliss is not a quest you take alone. You take your whole world with you. We're all fellow seekers."

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"If it's passion that drives you, let the open road take you where you need to be."

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"Keeping every ball in the air has never brought me any real peace. Bouncing them off my back like a still summer Sunday always has."

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"We tell ourselves dreadful tales over and over again, skimming through the best chapters of our lives. Maybe it's time to turn the page and get off with a lighter sentence."

- Kevin Nishmas

Inspirational Birthday Wishes and Quotes to Lift Up Someone's Big Day

"If love is staring you in the face, don't look away or blink. You might miss it."

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"You don't need a map to get home if you trust your inner compass to lead the way."

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"In the school of life, joy often comes at a premium, but it's well worth the price of admission."

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"The shortest path to heaven can only be forged through the fiery depths of hell."

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"You need to swallow your pride before you can stomach your pain and taste joy."

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"If there's a song in your heart aching to get out, sing as loud as you can, even if your voice is barely above a whisper. It's the only way you'll ever reach the high notes."

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Hints & Tips

Need some advice when it comes to inspirational birthday wishes and quotes? You've come to the right place. Below are plenty of hints and tips for writing inspirational birthday wishes and more.

How do you write inspirational birthday wishes?

For most people, the criteria for writing perfect inspirational birthday wishes is pretty one dimensional: write a birthday greeting that will inspire the birthday boy or girl. But there's more to crafting the best inspirational birthday wishes.

Unfortunately, looking at thousands upon thousands of examples of inspirational birthday wishes online to write even one incredibly uplifting birthday message doesn't really help you too much. There are just too many choices, making it harder to create perfect inspirational birthday wishes.

There are, however, three rules of thumb that make the whole process of writing inspirational birthday wishes easier. 

  • Rule 1: Before you send the birthday girl or boy inspirational birthday wishes, determine the specific type of message you would like to convey. General birthday messages can be inspiring but tend to have less impact than specific inspirational birthday wishes. And there are many ways to inspire someone. For a few suggestions, check out 18 Ways to Inspire Everyone Around You before you craft your inspirational birthday wishes for your loved ones will cherish.
  • Rule 2: Write inspirational birthday wishes that will be meaningful to the birthday boy or girl (not what you think is meaningful). The quickest way to turn off anyone is preaching what's important to you (and only you) with inspirational birthday wishes. To see what I mean, think of all the times you've received an unwanted lecture from a friend or family member. 
  • Rule 3: Inspiration shouldn't be your only goal here. For ideas, pick examples of inspirational birthday wishes that will also make your loved ones feel truly special on their birthday. This is, after all, their big day (and everyone deserves to feel special on their big day). This calls for inspirational birthday wishes that are also heartwarming.

The bottom line? Writing inspirational birthday wishes that are meaningful, inspiring and heartwarming for the birthday boy or girl is the way to go. Wouldn't you want to receive inspirational birthday wishes that affect you the same way?

What are the best inspirational birthday quotes?

Inspirational birthday quotes can actually change lives. You've probably sent and received one yourself at some point in your life, so you know how powerful they can be as inspirational birthday wishes.

A birthday is a perfect time to inspire someone with your handpicked words of wisdom. Sending inspirational birthday quotes that are meaningful to you and uplifting to the birthday boy or girl is truly a gift of love.

How do you know if you've chosen the best inspirational birthday quotes? Here are some guidelines:

  • The inspirational birthday quotes you choose need to be relevant. Even if your quote is unbelievably uplifting, profound or poignant, there's no point in sending it if it's not meaningful to the birthday boy or girl. 
  • Don't assume that your favorite quotes will make perfect inspirational birthday wishes. Try to find quotes by authors who appeal to the birthday boy or girl.
  • When it comes to the length of the quotes, the shorter and simpler, the better. As Shakespeare once wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” This applies even more to quotes you would like to use as inspirational birthday wishes in a card.
  • If you're not sure about the quotes you choose, even if they meet the list of criteria above, read them out loud. That's the best litmus test of last resort for picking quotes as your inspirational birthday wishes for a loved one.
  • Choose inspirational birthday quotes that use imagery. Here's an amazing example written by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Quotes with a hint of imagery make wonderful inspirational birthday wishes, letting the birthday boy or girl "see" what you want to express, so he or she will be far more likely to remember them (and cherish them) for a long time.
  • Don't be tempted to use quotes that make you seem smarter or well-read. Stick with inspirational birthday quotes that help you make the ultimate inspirational birthday wishes you share clear as crystal, so that the birthday girl or boy feels smarter — not you.

Why do people love to use quotes as inspirational birthday wishes?

We love to use inspirational birthday quotes as inspirational birthday wishes so much that we even frame and give them as birthday gifts. 

Ever wonder why we have such a love affair with quotes? I have. Luckily, I don't have to figure out the science behind my love of inspirational birthday quotes. The team at has done it for me, explaining why these quotes make the best inspirational birthday wishes. 

Discover why we have such a love affair with quotes now. Then, feel free to use the inspirational birthday quotes on this page as your inspirational birthday wishes or birthday gifts!

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