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Birthdays

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Charlotte Brontë,
    • 1847, in Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Brontë, vol. 2 ()
  • 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.

    • Patty Smith Hill,
    • with Mildred J. Hill, "Good Morning All," in Song Stories for the Kindergarten ()
  • Youth is thy gift, — the youth that baffles Time.

    • Louise Chandler Moulton,
    • to Julia Ward Howe on her birthday, in Lilian Whiting, Women Who Have Ennobled Life ()