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“After age twelve, birthdays should be as private as hernia surgery.”
“It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.”
- Letters of Ellen Glasgow
“Her birthdays were always important to her; for being a born lover of life, she would always keep the day of her entrance into it as a very great festival indeed ...”
“I shall be thirty-one next birthday. My youth is gone like a dream; and very little use have I ever made of it. What have I done these last thirty years? Precious little.”
“Seventy is wormwood / Seventy is gall / But it's better to be seventy / Than not alive at all.”
“It was considered very bad form to wish authors on their birthdays 'many happy returns.'”
“Let every birthday be a festival, a time when the gladness of the house finds expression in flowers, in gifts, in a little fête. Never should a birthday be passed over without note, or as if it were a common day, never should it cease to be a garlanded milestone in the road of life.”
“Happy birthday to you.”
“Youth is thy gift, — the youth that baffles Time.”