Humanities › Literature Best Wishes for Your Birthday Here's some birthday advice from the famous and not so famous Share Flipboard Email Print Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images Literature Quotations Funny Quotes Love Quotes Great Lines from Movies and Television Quotations For Holidays Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Simran Khurana Education Expert M.B.A, Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S., University of Mumbai, Commerce, Accounting, and Finance Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. our editorial process Simran Khurana Updated May 11, 2018 Some people like to celebrate their birthdays alone. Others enjoy making a big splash and inviting friends for a grand celebration. Most people have a small party with their near and dear ones. If you enjoy being with friends and family but can't celebrate your birthday with them this year, don't feel depressed. You can still make your birthday special with just a little effort. A birthday is a good time to take up an activity that you've never tried. Choose one that involves other people so you won't feel so lonely on your birthday. Perhaps you can learn ballroom dancing or yoga. Visit a luxury spa or salon and pamper yourself. Treat yourself to exotic massages and don't feel guilty about spending money on yourself. You deserve special treatment. If you're in a benevolent mood, visit a local orphanage and donate generously. Spend time helping the needy. You'll feel an immense sense of satisfaction and spiritual fulfillment. Here's a list of birthday wishes from the famous and not-so-famous that might inspire you to reflect on your life and how you would like to improve it. Maurice Chevalier Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternatives. Alexander Pope Pleas'd to look forward, pleas'd to look behind, And count each birthday with a grateful mind. C.E.M. Joad Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. Oscar Wilde The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. Fred Astaire Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young. Daniel Francois Esprit Auber Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life. Mark Twain Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb We grow too soon old and too late smart. Ubie Blake If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself. J. P. Sears Let us respect gray hairs, especially our own. Lucille Ball The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. Lucy Larcom Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come. Bernard Baruch We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves. Stephen Wright I intend to live forever—so far, so good! Martin Buxbaum Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty—they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. Jerry M. Wright The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left. Plautus Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. Pablo Picasso It takes a long time to grow young. Les Brown You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. George Burns Nice to be here? At my age, it's nice to be anywhere. Robert Frost A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday, but never remembers her age.