Wish Someone a Happy 30th Birthday With These 10 Wise Quotes

Perfect for Cards, Cakes, Celebratory Toasts, and More...

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Some like a big splash, others like a quiet affair, but most everyone likes their birthday celebrations. If you like birthdays, even the morning of your birthday seems like the best morning of the year. Even if a cloud threatens to explode in the skies, you wake up feeling happy. You quickly go through your birthday greetings that come in the form of text messages, phone calls, and social media posts.

And isn't it wonderful to receive flowers or a beautiful birthday cake, with a "Happy Birthday" card in it? You thank everybody who remembered your birthday. You feel a sense of joy when you express gratitude to your loved ones.

Why Do We Enjoy Celebrating Birthdays?

Once a year, you get the chance to be special. Friends, family, and loved ones wish you happiness, good health, and prosperity. They shower you with love, attention, gifts, and goodies. They spend time with you and share your happiness.

The 30th birthday is special. You are now officially a mature and responsible adult who has the necessary wisdom to make important decisions in life. The 30th birthday heralds your adult status with measured indulgence. Here are some noteworthy quotes that put matters in the right perspective, ready to share in birthday cards and on cakes, during celebratory toasts, and more.

Muhammad Ali

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

Hervey Allen

The only time you really live fully is from 30 to 60. The young are slaves to dreams; the old, servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.


At the age of 20, we don't care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it wasn't thinking of us at all.

Georges Clemenceau

Everything I know I learned after I was 30.

Charles Caleb Colton

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age, and they are payable with interest 30 years later.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thirty—the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning briefcase of enthusiasm, thinning hair.

Benjamin Franklin

At 20 years of age, the will reigns; at 30, the wit; and at 40, the judgment.

Robert Frost

Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of 30.

Elbert Hubbard

One's 30th birthday and one's 60th are days that press their message home with iron hand. With his 70th milestone past, a man feels that his work is done, and dim voices call to him from across the Unseen. His work is done, and so illy, compared with what he had wished and expected! But the impressions made upon his heart by the day are no deeper than those his 30th birthday inspires. At 30, youth, with all it palliates and excuses, is gone forever. The time for mere fooling is past; the young avoid you, or else look up to you and tempt you to grow reminiscent. You are a man and must give an account of yourself.

Lew Wallace

A man 30 years old, I said to myself, should have his field of life all ploughed, and his planting well done; for after that it is summertime.

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