Special Quotes for Birthday Cake Messages

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Birthdays are important times to be with loved ones, give gifts, and celebrate the past while looking forward to the future. They're also excellent opportunities to enjoy cake—whether you're turning 16, 21, or 40. Adding a special message in frosting is a way to personalize any birthday cake, whether you made it yourself or picked it up at the bakery. "Happy Birthday" is a fine message, but why not try something more unique?

A quote about getting older and making the most of the future can communicate happiness, humor, and of course, celebration. There's no better way to convey your sentiments in just a few words.

A birthday cake message should be short and sweet. After all, it has to fit on the cake, and someone—you or the baker—will have to write it out in icing. The quotes below are perfect for the occasion.

Richard Cumberland

"It is better to wear out than to rust out."

Benjamin Disraeli

"Life is too short to be small."

Jonathan Swift

"May you live all the days of your life."

Bernard M. Baruch

"Old age is 15 years older than I am."

Art Buchwald

"The best things in life aren't things."

Pablo Picasso

"Youth has no age."

William Shakespeare

"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."

Anthony Robbins

"Live with passion."

Anonymous

"Turning 30 is a piece of cake."

Jean Paul Richter

"Birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time."

W.B. Pitkin

"Life begins at 40."

Aretha Franklin

"Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift."

John Lennon

"Count your age by friends, not years."

George Meredith

"Don't just count your years, make your years count."

Franz Kafka

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."

Alexander Pope

"Count each birthday with a grateful mind."

Charles Schulz

"Once you're over the hill, you begin to pick up speed."

Dr. Seuss

"There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"

Irish Proverb

"The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune."

Frances McDormand

"With aging, you earn the right to be loyal to yourself."

Henry Ford

"Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

Emily Dickinson

"We turn not older with years, but newer every day."

Gertrude Stein

"We are always the same age inside."

Betty Friedan

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."

Clint Eastwood

"Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it."

Groucho Marx

"Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough."

George Sand

"Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age."

Oprah Winfrey

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."

Cora Harvey Armstrong

"Inside every older person is a younger person—wondering what the hell happened."​

Booth Tarkington

"Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age."

Luis Bunuel

"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese."

George Patton

"Live for something rather than die for nothing."