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In honor of Brittany's 21st birthday, here are 21 snippets of motherly advice: 1. You are It's all around you — in nature, music, words, and especially in people.

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It is always fun to celebrate birthdays, as well as to think about the many things that have been said about or that relate to them. Aside from getting wiser, one can delight in good food and good company.

Here are some awesome birthday quotes to liven up your big day, and perhaps even share with family and friends.

Famous Birthday Quotes Celebrating Life

Since first reading Dr. Seuss, my favorite birthday quote has been:

1.) “Today you are You; that is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  – Dr. Seuss

Getting older (and hopefully wiser), we face old age, our senior years. Perhaps Emily Dickinson has the right idea:

2.) “We turn not older with years, but newer every day” – Emily Dickinson

Sam Hagar reinforced this idea saying:

3.) “Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” – Sam Hagar

Can we live with that idea? Here’s what I always say:

4.) “Wow, thank you Lord for another great chance to make a difference.”

Yes, I am grateful that I’m still alive. But life isn’t forever, so remember:

5.) “Live as if you were to die tomorrow.

Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Henry Ford agreed:

6.) “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80.

Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”. – Henry Ford

Band leader, Les Brown emphasized:

7.) “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – Les Brown

George Eliot said:

8.) “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

While I was still in school, I had to read writings by ancient philosophers. I never thought they were relevant to me. As another birthday approaches, I’ve looked at some of those words of wisdom, re-evaluating their relevance.

Perhaps they are things that I’ve learned to live by, to accept – and yes – use as birthday quotes:

9.) “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to

give ourselves the gift of living well,” – Voltaire

A great birthday quote by William Shakespeare’s is:

10.) “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare

Inspirational Birthday Quotes and Sayings

Mark Twain agreed,

11.) “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” – Mark Twain

Certainly some good things to remember as we celebrate birthdays! Samuel Ullman said:

12.) “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

At birthday gatherings you also might also want to quote:

13.) “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words,” – Plautus

14.) “Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself,

to become what he potentially is,” – E. Fromm

15.) “Age is opportunity no less than youth itself,” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

16.) “Happiness is when what you think, what you say,

and what you do are in harmony,” – Mahatma Gandhi

Or you might hear:

17.) “I’m like a fine wine. They don’t bring me out very much

But, I am well preserved,” – Rose Kennedy

18.) “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,

But beautiful old people are works of art,” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Of course in discussing getting older, other pearls of wisdom are shared:

19.) “The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune,” – English Proverb

20.) “None are as old as those who have outlived enthusiasm,” – Henry David Thoreau

Birthday Quotes and sayings to uplift you

21.) “It’s not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old,

They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams,” – Gabriel G. Marquez

Another great birthday quote, this one by a comedian is:

22.) “Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.

If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter,” – Jack Benny

Another by George Burns is,

23.) “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns

With laughter, Bob Hope said,

24.) “You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” – Bob Hope

Who would want to fix things?

25.) “If we could be twice young and twice old,

we could correct all our mistakes,” – Euripides

For those with a strong belief in God:

26.) “Our life is a gift from the Creator. Your gift back to the Creator is what you do with your life,” – Billy Mills

Hearts are always mentioned with birthdays:

27.) “Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty –

They merely move it from their faces into their hearts,” – Martin Buxbaum

28.) “The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious,” – Martin Luther
Some U.S. Presidents have made some birthday quotes:

29.) “Be sure you put your feet in the right place,
then stand firm,” – Lincoln

30.) “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Lincoln

Happy Birthday Quotes that will make your day

31.) “Let us seek the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.

Let us accept our own responsibility for the future,” – Kennedy

Words of wisdom for aging from Confucius:

32.) “Study the past if you would define the future!”

33.) “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, so long as you don’t stop.”

34.) “Choose a job you love.You will never have to work a day in your life.”

35.) “The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”

As we grow older, may we remember these wise quotes:

35.) “It is not the strongest of the species that survive
But the one most responsive to change,” – Darwin

36.) “It’s the mark of an educated mind to be able to
entertain a thought without accepting it,” – Aristotle

37.) “Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving,” – Einstein

38.) “Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off the goal,” – Henry Ford

39.) “Don’t celebrate how old you are,
celebrate the years you survived.” – Touaxia Vang

40.) “Don’t anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen,” – Ben Franklin

Happy Birthday Quotes and Wishes to make you strong

41.) “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis

42.) “Count your age by friends, not years, your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

43.) “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Tolkien

So, as we all age – day by day, and as I pray I get to reach 70 in a couple of years, I often repeat this quote:

44.) “I don’t mind getting older; it’s a privilege denied to so many!” ― Chris Geiger, ‘The Cancer Survivors Club’

45.) “A birthday is the anniversary of your birth. It’s the time most of us reflect over the past year and what we hope for in the coming year.” – Claudia T Hudson

46.) “Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be. Make the most of it!” – Nicky Gumbel

47.) “There are two attitudes you can have when it comes to your birthday:
1. be thankful you have lived another year.
or, 2. complain about being a year older.” – Catherine Pulsifer

48.) “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” – Cherokee Expression

49.) “Your age isn’t you. Use today to feel your best, celebrate and be your very happiest.” – M. Rivers

50.) “A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” – Amit Kalantri

More birthday quotes for friends, family and loved ones

51.) “A birthday is not a day to fear. It is a day to celebrate and look forward to the coming year.” – Byron Pulsifer

52.) “Birthdays are inevitable, beautiful and very particular moments in our lives! Moments that bring precious memories back, celebrate the present times and give hope for the future.” – Bsbr Arish

53.) “Your birthday is my pleasure. You are my sweetest treasure.” – Danny Demeersseman

54.) “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

55.) “Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year. Your first birthday was a beginning, and each new birthday is a chance to begin again, to start over, to take a new grip on life.” – Wilfred Peterson

56.) “I enjoy celebrating birthdays. Everyone should have their birthday celebrated.” – Loraine D. Nunley

57.) “May your years be counted not by your age
but by how you spend your days.” – Catherine Pulsifer

58.) “Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” – Jean Paul Richter

59.) “Birthdays come but once a year, celebrate and be of good cheer.” Robert Rivers

60.) “Each year as our birthday comes, our thoughts and beliefs may change a bit from year to year. But believe our wish for you is always the same, may you find happiness and blessings all of your days!” – Catherine Pulsifer

Did you find your favorite birthday quotes here?

Birthdays are special days – not only to celebrate among people we love, but also to remind us of how far we’ve come in life. During this occasion, keep these beautiful quotes handy as a gift to yourself.

In honor of Brittany's 21st birthday, here are 21 snippets of motherly advice: 1. You are It's all around you — in nature, music, words, and especially in people.

21st Birthday Sayings and Quotes

words of wisdom for 21st birthday

With my girlfriends birthday being just a few days away, I’ve put together this list of the 21 best birthday quotes. One of these is guaranteed to make that person you care about smile on their special day!

Happy Birthday Inspirational Quotes


On this day dance like no one’s watching, sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ll never get hurt, and live like it’s heaven on Earth! Wishing you a Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the day.


As you grow up, make sure you 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!


May you have all the joy your heart can hold, all the smiles a day can bring, all the blessings a life can unfold, may you get the world’s best in everything. Wishing you a Happy Birthday!


Let me tell you that with every passing year, you’re becoming the most smart, wise, good looking, stunning and accomplished person that I have ever known! May you continue to put out the very best in your life. Happy Birthday!


Turn the challenges you face in to opportunities, consider the weaknesses you have as a motivation to improve, and polish your strengths in to your uniqueness. I wish you a very Happy Birthday. May you always make your own way, as you walk through this journey, called life.


Make us all proud by doing things that truly spreads the purpose of your life to the people around you. On your Birthday, we’re here to tell you that we will always support you in everything you do. Happy Birthday!


With age, may every Birthday of yours also increase your self confidence, beauty, intelligence, insight and wisdom. Have a great Birthday!


Great accomplishments require great people. We know you have many more accomplishments to covet and achieve! Wishing you all the very best. Happy Birthday.


With every Birthday may you have 5 new friends, 3 more pounds of wisdom, 2 more tons of hope and a few more handfuls of magic dust to touch the lives of everyone around you. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!


You are like an angel because you’ve touched the life of every person you’ve met. You deserve the best and the most special of Birthdays so that you can touch the lives of a thousand more people. Happy Birthday!


Every Birthday, decide to live whole-heartedly as if it was your last Birthday ever. Every Birthday, decide to learn whole-heartedly as if you never knew anything before. Happy Birthday and have a great year ahead.


If you are born with a talent, then it means that God intended you to use it in some way. This Birthday, may you discover many more secret talents in yourself. Happy Birthday!


Do you want to look back in life and think about what a great life you’ve had? Then you better start working towards it right away! Happy Birthday!


So many years ago a bright star was born and people predicted that it would make the whole world shine. That star my dear, is you! Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.


In the journey of your life, may you count your successes with each passing Birthday and may you never have to look back on any regrets of your life. Happy Birthday dear!


Spread your wings and soar high in the skies. Open your eyes and look beyond the ordinary. Elevate your imagination and rise above the mediocre. May your Birthday today be the beginning of wonderful achievements in your life.


Let enthusiasm reach your smile, happiness reach your eyes and resilience reach the temples of your face every time you look at someone. May you pass on your radiance to everyone around you. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.


Your Birthday is God’s way of reminding you that you have many more big things to achieve and very little time on your hands. Wishing you a great day today and lots of success for the future. Happy Birthday!


The sun shines today, the skies speak today, the trees sway today and the birds chirp today only to wish you a Happy Birthday. May Mother Nature always be by your side and inspire you to accomplish great things.


Forget how long you’ve lived. Look at how much you’ve accomplished until now and how far you’ve got to go. Happy Birthday!


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 M. Schneerson

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21st Birthday Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old 21st birthday quotes, 21st birthday sayings, and 21st birthday proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

When a man is tired of life on his 21st birthday it indicates that he is rather tired of something in himself.

F Scott Fitzgerald

Live as long as you may. The first twenty years are the longest half of your life.

Robert Southey

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.     

Mark Twain

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

Charles M. Schulz

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.     

Orson Welles

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

Sammy Hagar

Birthdays are nature's way of telling you to eat more cake.

Jo Brand

We turn not older with years but newer every day.

Emily Dickinson

Real birthdays are not annual affairs. Real birthdays are the days when we have a new birth.

Ralph Parlette

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.

Jean Paul Richter

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.

George Harrison

You have one chance, one life and what you do with it is up to you.

Peyton Sawyer

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

Abraham Lincoln

It takes a long time to grow young.

Pablo Picasso

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words of wisdom for 21st birthday

A dear friend recently reached out to what she referred to as her ‘brains trust’ and asked us all the age old question of ‘What would you tell your 21 year old self?’


She was preparing for her sons 21st birthday and wanted to collect the wisdom of the people that she valued so that she could share it with her son.


After I recovered from the overwhelming sense of warmth and blessing to be included in this important process I just could not help but take it very seriously.


As I started to write my ideas down I realised that these are the messages that I wanted to ensure my children knew from the earliest age possible. I wanted them to grow with a knowing, even if not in words, but within themselves of the ideas and concepts that are important for us all to understand about ourselves, life, relationships and the way the world can work sometimes.


I know that the beautiful friend who has asked us all to compile this wisdom for her son had been instilling all the ideas I could offer already into the hearts and minds of her children since birth. And really the ritual of his 21st birthday was a moment to say out loud what she had already taught them with her ever loving presence in their lives.


There is nothing new here. These are just reminders that we all need from time to time. Sometimes daily depending upon what is happening in our lives.


Dear 21 year old Katrina, please listen to the following wisdom,


1.     No matter where you are, who you are with or whatever experience you are having; the most important thing is the relationship you are having with yourself. You can be watching a beautiful sunset in Spain or sitting watching the telly here in Australia and you will not feel connected to anything wonderful or beautiful if you are not connected to your own authentic self.


2.     Always be humble and know your place. We can’t know what we don’t know until we know it and that is completely ok. Its ok to be a learner.


3.     If you ever say or do anything that hurts another person (this means you are human as we all do this) then the most important step that must be taken is to REPAIR any harm that has taken place. For every rupture there needs to be a repair. When we don’t make amends and repair the harm we have caused then we leave a gap, a disconnection between you and the other person. That’s what saying sorry and doing all you can to repair what’s happened is all about. It’s not about beating yourself up about what you have done. It is about creating opportunities for you to RECONNECT to that person again. So that you both will enjoy the safety, fun and joy that comes with being authentically connected again.


4.     People will hurt you. They may be partners, lovers, friends, family or work colleagues. The most important first step to take is to ground yourself, look after your feelings and know that they are hurting you because they are hurt themselves. You are not responsible for fixing anyone. That is their job and their responsibility. This may be the most important lesson you have to learn in this life time.


5.     From time to time it’s a good idea to do a personal audit. A check in with your feelings. Am I still carrying around any hurt from the past that I need to look after? And if you feel anything is still resting in your body (that’s where we store our hurt feelings) then you can look after those feelings, give them the attention they deserve and go on and live a much happier life with more emotional freedom which we all deserve.


6.     Boundaries, boundaries, BOUNDARIES!!! Learn about them, use them and you will be truly free.  


7.     If you are ever sad or scared, let it out and tell someone who can help. When we don’t find ways to release our heavy feelings; then they find their own way out. Usually as anger either towards yourself or others.


8.     Every moment is TRULY precious. I learnt this after working with over 400 deaths. It taught me that we honestly never know which moment is our last and that every… single … moment .. is really, really precious. So do all you can to breathe life in and soak up all the good stuff that life can offer.


9.     Money is neither good nor bad. Its neutral. It only becomes tricky when we define ourselves by how much we have. We can all get lost in that sometimes.


10.  Time does not heal anything it just passes by. It’s what you do with that time that matters.


11.  Be self focussed. It is not selfish to do so. Live each day with an awareness of what your body, mind and soul needs.


12.  In relationships; love is not the most important thing at all. The most important thing is your capacity to nurture your partner and their capacity to nurture you. Same goes for parenting.


13.  The only person who makes your world go around is you. Others may come and go but you will be your own constant. Working out what this means for all of us is something that is part of life. Hopefully it means that we nurture our mind, body and soul and understand that the best offering you have to others is to be consistent in your acts of kindness toward them.


14.  You can do and be anything you wish to be. You are truly beautiful as a person and physically too. Enjoy the delights and miracle that your body, mind and soul offers you.


15.  Know that you are love. You don’t have to learn to love yourself.



Wishing you a wonderful life Katrina, Love your older self xxx













She was preparing for her sons 21st birthday and wanted to collect the wisdom of the I wanted them to grow with a knowing, even if not in words, but within Dear 21 year old Katrina, please listen to the following wisdom.

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