Birthday Phrases

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From graying hair to memory lapses and everything in between, when it comes to aging, there's always something to poke fun at. Or, you may opt to view each birthday as a time for reflection and commemoration. If a special birthday is right around the corner, why not mark the occasion with a birthday banner, handmade birthday card, or a speech to honor the celebrant?

Here are a few phrases that will help you prepare your personalized birthday message:

Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. - Pope John XXII

We turn not older with years, but newer every day. - Emily Dickinson

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened. - Cora Harvey Armstrong

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. - Jean Paul Richter

No wise man ever wished to be younger. - Jonathan Swift

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

The best birthdays of all are those that haven't arrived yet. - Robert Orben

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative. - Maurice Chevalier

Old age: A great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold, you may have escaped, not from one master but from many. - Plato

Regardless of the age of the celebrant, be sure to express your wishes for health and happiness for the upcoming year. While birthdays present an opportunity to share a few laughs, they're also cause for celebration and appreciation of another year together. Enjoy sharing these phrases - and coming up with a few of your own - with the guest of honor at this year's birthday celebration.

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