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Birthday Quotes

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"I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred." – Thomas Edison

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It's all about the memories.” – Buddy Valastro

“Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.” – Tom Wilson

"The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything." –Oscar Wilde

“There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay

“My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it.” – Boris Johnson

“Don't invite me to a surprise birthday party. I don't have room for that secret. I've got enough real secrets I have to keep: dark, life-destroying secrets.” – Matt Besser

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley

Denis-Waitley

“You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.” – Brad Garrett

“You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It's like, 'See if you can blow this out.'” – Jerry Seinfeld

“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.” – Satchel Paige

“I decided if you're lucky enough to be alive, you should use each birthday to celebrate what your life is about.” – Mary Steenburgen

“Don't just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith

“When you wake up every day, it's like a new birthday: it's a new chance to be great again and make great decisions.” – Poo Bear

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” – Brian Tracy

“I enjoy the celebration of my birthday as much as anyone else does, but I always remember to start my day thanking my mom because she did most of the work the day I came into the world, not to mention all she has done throughout my life that has contributed so much to the woman I am today.” – Christy Turlington

“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.” – Phylicia Rashad

“How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?” – Satchel Paige

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“We invest less in our friendships and expect more of friends than any other relationship. We spend days working out where to book for a romantic dinner, weeks wondering how to celebrate a partner or parent's birthday, and seconds forgetting a friend's important anniversary.” – Mariella Frostrup

“I like birthday cake. It's so symbolic. It's a tempting symbol to load with something more complicated than just 'Happy birthday!' because it's this emblem of childhood and a happy day.” – Aimee Bender

“Life is all about balance, and there are certain times of the year - birthday, anniversary, holidays - that are meant to be enjoyed without guilt. That being said, Thanksgiving is a meal - it's not a Thanksgiving day, and it's not a Thanksgiving week.” – Harley Pasternak

“I remember debating the finer points of flaky pastry with my chicken-pot-pie-obsessed American dad. I remember the divine mix of Thai food, TV dinners, and hearty, homemade goodness that have shaped this palate of mine to this day. I remember all this, but I still Google my husband's birthday. Thank God he's famous.” – Chrissy Teigen

“Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.” – Booth Tarkington

“Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.” – Aretha Franklin

“I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing 'Happy Birthday.'” – Steven Wright

“On every birthday, I ask my wife, 'What would you like this year?' and her instant reply is, 'Diamonds! Diamonds! Diamonds!' I'm always living in hope that one day she'll say she just wants me!” – Akshay Kumar

“Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom's homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past.” – Homaro Cantu

“It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.” – Ellen Glasgow

“We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.” – Lauren Hutton

“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.” – Robert Frost

“The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday.” – Paris Hilton

“You don't get older, you get better.” – Shirley Bassey

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss

“I can sing 'Happy Birthday' to you in twelve different places, but one of them is going to make you feel a certain thing, maybe it's a vulnerability, maybe an innocence, maybe another way is sexy and soulful or bluesy whatever it is, but with singers, exploring keys, I think, is important.” – Idina Menzel

“Every year, I think you earn the right to eat cake on your birthday.” – Bret Hart

“The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.” – Madeleine L'Engle

“The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.” – E. Joseph Cossman

“The turning point was when I hit my 30th birthday. I thought, if really want to write, it's time to start. I picked up the book How to Write a Novel in 90 Days. The author said to just write three pages a day, and I figured, I can do this. I never got past Page 3 of that book.” – James Rollins

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” – Plautus

“I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake.” – Mitch Hedberg

“Having a birthday cake squashed into your face by young kids? Delicious. I always don a Santa suit at Christmas. Remaining childish is a tremendous state of innocence.” – John Lydon

“Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” – Sammy Hagar

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” – Steven Wright

“You should feel good about making your home nicer for your family and your friends. You should feel great about cooking a good dinner and making a dress for a granddaughter, creating a beautiful birthday party. It's all part of life.” – Martha Stewart

“I kept a diary right after I was born. Day 1: Tired from the move. Day 2: Everyone thinks I'm an idiot.” – Steven Wright

“A true nature is a gloomy monolith, sort of like that old black rotary phone that I had to sing 'Happy Birthday' to Grandpa on. But novelists, damn us, still need true natures - so we can give them to our protagonists. And so readers can vaguely predict how they'll behave when we trap them in 'situations' that they can't IM their way out of.” – Walter Kirn

“It was my 16th birthday - my mom and dad gave me my Goya classical guitar that day. I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that was the only thing I could ever really do - write songs and sing them to people.” – Stevie Nicks

“School was a big source of anxiety for me. I hated school. I have social anxiety, and it developed when I was a kid. I had trouble going to birthday parties. It was always there. I begged my mom to let me be home-schooled at one point for a semester because I was so miserable at school.” – Lili Reinhart

“I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor-Roosevelt

“It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.'” – Sam Levenson

“I love the big fresh starts, the clean slates like birthdays and new years, but I also really like the idea that we can get up every morning and start over.” – Kristin Armstrong

“I once attended a birthday party where Danny Kaye dropped in to entertain the birthday boy and his guests; I was sometimes taken for lunch on Saturdays by my father to The Brown Derby; and my favorite meal is still the Cobb salad in the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel.” – Michael Korda

“To give somebody your time is the biggest gift you can give.” – Franka Potente

“I binge when I'm happy. When everything is going really well, every day is like I'm at a birthday party.” – Kirstie Alley

“You know, maybe I was just born in the wrong time, but I love all things romantic. Puffy understands that. For my last birthday, he covered my hotel room floor with rose petals and had flowers and candles all over the room.” – Jennifer Lopez

“If you're going to do a job, do it right. If you're going to throw a birthday party, make it amazing. If you're going to do anything, do it awesome.” – Jimmy John Liautaud

“I had the worst birthday party ever when I was a child because my parents hired a pony to give rides. And these ponies are never in good health. But this one dropped dead. It just wasn't much fun after that. One kid would sit on him and the rest of us would drag him around.” – Rita Rudner

“Lesley Gore's part-time field was pop singer, and in her brief but urgent prime, she was the Queen of Teen Angst. She endured heartbreak as a birthday girl betrayed by her beau in 'It's My Party,' savored revenge in the sequel 'Judy's Turn to Cry' and belted the proto-feminist anthem 'You Don't Own Me.'” – Richard Corliss

“I'm a very keen baker; I pride myself on my cakes. I go along the classic sponge line, but I like to jazz it up: I've made some psychedelic birthday cakes.” – Greg Rutherford

“It takes a long time to become young.” – Pablo Picasso

“My earliest memory is my parents forgetting my fourth birthday. My dad looked up from reading the paper and went, 'Oh my God!' So we went out, and I chose a red scooter.” – Sandi Toksvig

“I thought it would be cool to Skype with fans on their birthday and spend, like, a half-hour with them. I did a couple of two-hour Skypes. I just hang out with them and play songs and stuff. At first they're kind of shy, but after a while they open up. I've had a lot of people tell me I'm doing something no one has ever done before.” – Austin Mahone

“My mom had me at 16 and took me every place she went. I remember going on peace marches. She tried to take me to Woodstock - it was pouring rain. It was on my birthday, and I was crying so much in the car they turned the car around and dumped me at my grandmother's house... I had a little attitude.” – Debi Mazar

“Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same.” – Audrey Hepburn

Birthday Quotes

“A family friend was staying with us once and had brought over a ukulele. I just loved the way she played it. I saved up the money from my 11th birthday and went out and bought one for myself.” – Grace VanderWaal

“When someone asks if you'd like cake or pie, why not say you want cake and pie?” – Lisa Loeb

“For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.” – Steven Wright

“I wrote 'The Room', 'The Birthday Party', and 'The Dumb Waiter' in 1957, I was acting all the time in a repertory company, doing all kinds of jobs, traveling to Bournemouth and Torquay and Birmingham.” – Harold Pinter

“About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“With my wife I don't get no respect. I made a toast on her birthday to 'the best woman a man ever had.' The waiter joined me.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“I can't make eye contact when people sing 'Happy Birthday' to me.” – Dove Cameron

“I'm not materialistic. I believe in presents from the heart, like a drawing that a child does.” – Victoria Beckham

“I'm not big on dark chocolate, but I do have a sweet tooth, so it gets me in trouble. I love warm chocolate chip cookies with ice cream. Then there's this chocolate pie my mom makes for me every year for my birthday. She's been making it since I was younger, and there's nothing like it. It's really so, so good!” – Phillip Phillips

“If you look over the years, the styles have changed - the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavors. But if you really look at the cake itself, it's really the same.” – John Oates

“You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.” – Joe DiMaggio

“May it be long before the people of the United States shall cease to take a deep and pervading interest in the Fourth of July, as the birthday of our national life, or the event which then occurred shall be subordinated to any other of our national history.” – Samuel Freeman Miller

“I don't go to celebrity parties a lot. I don't really enjoy them because I really like going for it in parties. And sometimes at celebrity parties, there is no dancing on tables because people... it can be a little judgmental at times. So I tend not to go unless it is Taylor Swift's birthday party; then it's amazing.” – Sam Smith

“My every birthday wish was, 'I want to someday be on TV.'” – Awkwafina

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” – Ausonius

Let us never know what old age is

“I started running around my 30th birthday. I wanted to lose weight; I didn't anticipate the serenity. Being in motion, suddenly my body was busy and so my head could work out some issues I had swept under a carpet of wine and cheese. Good therapy, that's a good run.” – Michael Weatherly

“For the youth, the indignation of most things will just surge as each birthday passes.” – Chris Evans

“United Nations Day marks the birthday of our founding Charter - the landmark document that embodies the hopes, dreams and aspirations of 'we the peoples.'” – Antonio Guterres

“I had sort of had a 21st birthday when I was 17, 18 years old living in Japan. I had all of that stuff sort of happen earlier for me, which happens to a lot of people. My 21st birthday was just a little boring. Not a great story.” – Sarah Wright

“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” – Jean Paul

“There is still no cure for the common birthday.” – John Glenn

“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.” – Lewis Carroll

“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” – George Harrison

“Every day, every birthday candle I blow out, every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well, every time my daughter says, 'Let's make a wish on a star,' there's one thing I wish for: wisdom.” – Rene Russo

“When I turned 35, I thought, 'Mozart was dead at 36, so I set the bar: I'm going to start writing a book on my next birthday.' I thought historical fiction would be easiest because I was a university professor and know my way around a library, and it seemed easier to look things up than make them up.” – Diana Gabaldon

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“In January 1962, when I was the author of one and a half unperformed plays, I attended a student production of 'The Birthday Party' at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol. Just before it began, I realised that Harold Pinter was sitting in front of me.” – Tom Stoppard

“Love the giver more than the gift.” – Brigham Young

“We'll take the cake with the red cherry on top.” – Navjot Singh Sidhu

“If every year is a marble, how many marbles do you have left? How many sunrises, how many opportunities to rise to the full stature of your being?” – Joy Page

“A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.” – Erma Bombeck

“I remember I asked my mom for a ukulele, and she said no because she thought I would never play it. So then I got my birthday money up, and I bought my own. It was the most rebellious thing I've ever done.” – Grace VanderWaal

“You think back and you ask yourself why you became so interested in wolves. I think it was because when I was very small, growing up in a little hamlet near Shap, we would go to Lowther Wildlife Park for birthday parties. Now closed, it was only three miles from my parents' house.” – Sarah Hall

“I remember the first time that I realized that being black meant that I wasn't allowed certain things. It was in the fourth grade, and it was who I thought was my best friend not inviting me to his birthday party because I would be the only black kid there. It was the first time I ever felt restricted, and it certainly wasn't the last time.” – Justin Simien

“I'm in a difficult position in the sense that, preposterous as this might sound, I don't like being the centre of attention. I get up on stage every night and play songs, but I almost feel the songs are the centre of attention. I don't like opening my birthday presents in front of people, either.” – Alex Turner

“Washington's birthday is worthy of celebration - he is one of the greatest men in history. But Washington himself would likely have seen celebration of the office of the presidency itself as monarchic in nature.” – Ben Shapiro

“I tend to foster drama via bleakness. If I want the reader to feel sympathy for a character, I cleave the character in half, on his birthday. And then it starts raining. And he's made of sugar.” – George Saunders

“I like to do special things for people. Any time someone has a birthday, I make them a really special cake that they all seem to love - it's a Coca-Cola cake.” – Kimberly Schlapman

“Success happened little by little for me. I tasted the flavor of fame in small doses: I started at 10 years old when I won a music contest; I was performing at birthday parties, company meetings.” – Shakira

“New Year's Day is every man's birthday.” – Charles Lamb

“I have had fans make me the big picture collages of the photo books; I have had fans send me birthday cakes... sing to me on my voicemail. I have had fans flash me. I have had older fans give me their bras and underwear onstage.” – Sean Combs

“When I retired from the NFL, my son was born on my birthday two weeks later, which is Valentine's Day. Imagine having a son born on your birthday.” – Jim Kelly

“At her birthday, my seven-year-old daughter will say that she wants these big cakes and certain expensive toys as presents, and I can't say no to her. It would just break my heart. But when I was little, for birthdays we just played outside and we were happy if we got any cake.” – Goran Ivanisevic

“My happiest memory of childhood was my first birthday in reform school. This teacher took an interest in me. In fact, he gave me the first birthday presents I ever got: a box of Cracker Jacks and a can of ABC shoe polish.” – Flip Wilson

“I always wanted to shave. It is a very natural process. For my birthday I got a lot of shaving stuff.” – Chaz Bono

“Some people won't go the extra mile, and then on their birthday, when no one makes a fuss, they feel neglected and bitter.” – Anne Lamott

“I would watch 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and borrow a few lines here and there from guests like Red Buttons and Buddy Hackett to create a routine. Then I started getting invited to do political functions like the governor's birthday ball or mayor's dinner.” – Norm Crosby

“A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.” – Thomas Fuller

“The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.” – Samuel Johnson

“I think there's something about the homemade birthday cake, because my wife, on my daughter's first birthday, started the tradition where she takes a full cake and cuts the number birthday out of it.” – Willie Geist

“Martin Luther King can have his own self-titled birthday recognized as a national holiday, but not our country's first president?” – The Ultimate Warrior

“I timed my previous wife's pregnancy to the moment to have my son born on Bob Dylan's 50th birthday. There is no bigger Bob Dylan fan than me. You don't just time the day and impregnate your wife to get your kid to be born on Bob Dylan's 50th birthday.” – Charlie Trotter

“As I approached my 18th birthday and prepared to enter military service in World War II, I was recommended to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood.” – Thomas S. Monson

“When I was a kid, for my birthday every year, my mother made me pasta bechamel, which is rigatoni with a white cream sauce.” – Giada De Laurentiis

“When I was in elementary school, I used to write letters to myself. I'd write letters and go 'Dear Kristen-at-16-years-old, happy birthday. I hope you're doing something.'” – Kristin Kreuk

“One of the shocks of a 50th birthday is realizing the fundamental fact that your youth is irrevocably over.” – Marianne Williamson

“There was an old acoustic in the house that my mother had given me for my fifth birthday. I took it off the wall and started jamming. I was seven years old at the time.” – Yngwie Malmsteen

“Til the day I didn't play under-19 World Cup, nobody ever celebrated my birthday. And the moment I played for Indian team, my family got excited and ordered and cut a cake for me in front of 40-50 family members.” – Virender Sehwag

“It is really a great feeling to win a World Cup on your birthday.” – Nino Schurter

“I'm a Virgo and I'm more - I don't want to say 'negative' - but I'm the girl who thinks no one's coming to my birthday party, no one's buying my clothes, no one's reading my book, no one's watching my show - that's just how I think.” – Rachel Zoe

“You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” – Bob Hope

“One week before my 17th birthday, I had a blind date with June Rose, a television actress on network soap operas, a model, and a regular on the popular Dick Clark's Saturday night 'American Bandstand' show from New York. We were married five years later, one week after my graduation from Columbia.” – Robert C. Merton

“I don't pay attention to the number of birthdays. It's weird when I say I'm 53. It just is crazy that I'm 53. I think I'm very immature. I feel like a kid. That's why my back goes out all the time, because I completely forget I can't do certain things anymore - like doing the plank for 10 minutes.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“Motorcycle riding has been a passion of mine since my 20th birthday, and as a proud member of the American Motorcyclist Association and the Harley Owners Group, I can attest that responsible riding has many unique recreational benefits for millions of Americans.” – Tim Walberg

“For me, the end of childhood came when the number of candles on my birthday cake no longer reflected my age, around 19 or 20. From then on, each candle came to represent an entire decade.” – Yotam Ottolenghi

“People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped.” – Nadine Gordimer

“I've died so many times. I'm 65. On my 40th birthday, my girlfriend gave me a reel with ways I had died, whether it was by knife, or electrocution or drowning or being thrown off a building or whatever it might have been. I've died a lot of times!” – Jonathan Banks

“I was honoured when they asked me to appear at the president's birthday rally in Madison Square Garden. There was like a hush over the whole place when I came on to sing 'Happy Birthday,' like if I had been wearing a slip, I would have thought it was showing or something. I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, what if no sound comes out!'” – Marilyn Monroe

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“To me - old age is always ten years older than I am.” – Bernard Baruch

“The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice. It is fitting that the House act to protect it as we approach our nation's birthday, and as our men and women in uniform rally behind it in Iraq's battlefields.” – Joe Barton

“I love getting scared. I find myself putting myself in situations like haunted houses or going to a haunted hospital for my birthday. Yes, I've actually done that.” – Selena Gomez

“As I approached my 95th birthday, I was burdened to write a book that addressed the epidemic of 'easy believism.' There is a mindset today that if people believe in God and do good works, they are going to Heaven.” – Billy Graham

“I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said 'Happy Birthday' on it. I didn't want to waste it so I just wrote 'Jesus' on it.” – Demetri Martin

“My mom kicked me out a couple of weeks before my 18th birthday. I had a job for about six, seven months at a supermarket, and they fired me for being late.” – Cardi B

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“I remember one summer I played, like, with the granddaughter of this known Klan member. Like, all summer we caught cicadas. And we had grown close, and so it was, like, time for her birthday party and I said 'Oh, like, what time do I come for your party?' And she's like 'Oh, no, you can't come to my house 'cause my parents don't like black people.'” – Dee Rees

“I like spending time with my family and friends on my birthday.” – Prabhas

“I'd be happy to live till 80 as long as I was comfortable and in good health. Mind you, ask me again on the eve of my 80th birthday. Even so, I hope we don't all start living to be 120. I'm not sure I'd cope with another 60 years.” – Bonnie Tyler

“Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time.” – Douglas Coupland

“I want a chainsaw very badly, because I think cutting down a tree would be unbelievably satisfying. I have asked for a chainsaw for my birthday, but I think I'll probably be given jewelry instead.” – Susan Orlean

“I filed a brief as a friend of the court in the U. of Michigan to keep affirmative action at the U. of Michigan, which I attended the law school. And I was one of the original sponsors of making the Martin Luther King birthday a federal holiday.” – Dick Gephardt

“At my age flowers scare me.” – George Burns

“Not knowing my birthday had never seemed strange. I knew I'd been born near the end of September, and each year I picked a day, one that didn't fall on a Sunday because it's no fun spending your birthday in church.” – Tara Westover

“I have been a frequent air traveler since I was a few months shy of my sixth birthday, when my parents packed me off to boarding school two plane rides away from home. Those days of being willingly handed from air hostess to air hostess as an 'unaccompanied minor' made me blase about the rigors of air travel.” – Shashi Tharoor

“I've got some incredible fans actually - so loyal and they make me birthday cards and Christmas cards. I got this package of poems and artwork based around the songs. They've got this thing called 'Floetry' where they all have to put in artwork. They've set up their own competitions and stuff which is kind of amazing.” – Florence Welch

“I was standing right behind Marilyn, completely invisible, when she sang 'Happy birthday, Mr. President.' And indeed, the corny thing happened: Her dress split for my benefit, and there was Marilyn, and yes, indeed, she didn't wear any underwear.” – Mike Nichols

“I turned 40 on the set of the reunion show for 'Sheer Genius,' so it wasn't a hideous birthday because I had everyone on the cast and crew sing 'Happy Birthday' to me, and I won $10,000 for being the fan favorite. It was really liberating to turn 40 and realize that I felt very comfortable with myself and knew who I was.” – Tabatha Coffey

“For my 23rd birthday, I received a nylon string guitar. I told myself that if I could play Eric Clapton's 'Tears In Heaven,' then I could play the guitar. I practised every chance I got, driving my housemates insane, until several weeks later I had a shaky version of the song down. I wrote my first song on the guitar a few weeks after that.” – Neil Jackson

“My first paying job might have been doing a play, actually. My mom paid me to dress up as a flounder at my sister's 'Little Mermaid' - themed birthday party when I was little.” – Paul Dano

“Fourth of July. My birthday is July first, and my best friend's birthday is July fifth, so it's always been a favorite holiday. It's all about having a cooler full of sodas, hot dogs, and just hanging out and shooting off firecrackers, being low-key, watching the fireworks.” – Hilarie Burton

“The main prank that we play with props is for people's birthdays. The special effects people will put a little explosive in the cake so it blows up in their face - that's always fun to play on a guest star, or one of the trainees or someone who's new.” – Catherine Bell

“I had arranged a birthday party for him and my children, who are all Aquarians. Instead, we got married. I ran out of excuses. It was just us and my children.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“My mother's face floated to mind, a pale, reproachful moon, at her last and first visit to the asylum since my twentieth birthday. A daughter in an asylum! I had done that to her. Still, she had obviously decided to forgive me.” – Sylvia Plath

“In the Mexican culture, we never miss a baptism, a birthday, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a wedding. You must show up. Otherwise, you'll be in big trouble.” – Eva Longoria

“I was forced to live far beyond my years when just a child, now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely.” – Mary Pickford

“I tried to bake a cake for my mother's birthday - it took me four hours. It was terrible, and I cried for three days.” – Rachael Ray

“Since the day I got married, I never got to plan my birthday.” – Barun Sobti

“My life is better with every year of living it.” – Rachel Maddow

“Anybody can have a birthday. It requires nothing. Murderers have birthdays. It's the opposite of anything that I believe in. And I don't like at work where you stop everything to sing 'Happy Birthday' to someone. I feel like that's for children.” – Mindy Kaling

“If I go away, I take a little picture of my son. It's in a frame with a speaker, and he recorded a birthday message for me when he was nine or 10. I can't listen to it without filling up.” – Lesley Manville

“I had a birthday party with my family and friends at a house, and Chipotle catered. It was beautiful.” – Ansel Elgort

“If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.” – Bruce Barton

“I don't like to party. I like to spend time with family on my birthday.” – Virender Sehwag

“My son had his eighth birthday recently and we had a chance to borrow the film and show it to all of his friends that was at his birthday party and they loved it. I was a little nervous. I said they might not even like it, and say his daddy's movie is wack, but they loved it.” – Blair Underwood

“My 50th birthday approaching felt like a big milestone to me. I've lived half a century. If I write about food and use my life as a fulcrum to move the story along, maybe I've lived long enough to fashion a narrative that has a happy ending.” – Kate Christensen

“I don't set up screenings. I can barely plan my kid's birthday party.” – Becky Albertalli

“I often go to bed in my birthday suit. But I like teddies and cute little undies that match. I like a sexy bra and panty set, or little shorts.” – Queen Latifah

“I think the best thing about my job is that I have my life documented, which not many people get to have. They have a photo here and there and maybe some video footage from a birthday. My kids will be able to see me growing up.” – Kirsten Dunst

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” – Jesse Jackson

“I began seeing certain things happen in my life and other people's lives and getting inspired by it and writing about it. And that's where you get 'Happy Birthday' from and 'Ross Capicchioni' from or you even get 'I'm Sorry' from.” – Joyner Lucas

“For Tim Burton's birthday I gave him a rainbow beetle. He loved it!” – Eva Green

“My best kiss was on stage. Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child gave me a really nice soft kiss on my lips during a performance on my birthday. It was amazing.” – Chris Brown

“I never missed a birthday. I never missed a school play. We carpooled. And the greatest compliment I can ever get is not about my career or performance or anything; it's when people say, 'You know, your girls are great.' That's the real thing for me.” – Billy Crystal

“It's odd the things that people remember. Parents will arrange a birthday party, certain it will stick in your mind forever. You'll have a nice time, then two years later you'll be like, 'There was a pony there? Really? And a clown with one leg?'” – David Sedaris

“I'm not going to be caught around here for any fool celebration. To hell with birthdays!” – Norman Rockwell

“For my fifth birthday, I got a small tennis racket. That's how I started.” – Ana Ivanovic

“My biggest hero, Gregory Peck, was my birthday present on April 14, 1973. I just sat and stared at him.” – Loretta Lynn

“For sheer creativity and totality of involvement, 'Rolf's Cartoon Club' with HTV in Bristol was an amazing show to work on, but I think the 'Rolf on Art' series, culminating in the painting of the Queen's portrait to celebrate her 80th birthday, just nudges into the favourite spot.” – Rolf Harris

“My interests were more extracurricular, more external, and more social than they were academic. My birthday is also in December, so I was one of the older kids. That meant I learned social leadership early on. I was always just much better in a team and work environment than I was in a classroom environment.” – Nancy Dubuc

“If I could be doing anything, I'd be laying on the floor in my birthday suit eating junk food and watching something dumb on TV.” – Anita Baker

“Just before my 16th birthday, Natalie Dormer said to me, 'As soon as you turn 16, you're going to work adult hours. People will try take advantage of you, so it's important not to be a pushover.'” – Sophie Turner

“When I was 13 or 14, my mother used to gift me books that I was dying to read. Those are my most memorable birthday gifts.” – Kajol

“Did you know you're supposed to soap and scrub for as long as it takes to sing 'Happy Birthday' twice?” – Faith Salie

“I trained to be a priest - started to. I went to seminary school when I was 11. I wanted to be a priest, but when they told me I could never have sex, not even on my birthday, I changed my mind.” – Johnny Vegas

“I wear jewellery that I never take off. I have a ring and two necklaces. I always have them on and get scared when I have to take them off for photo shoots. The ring is my mum's mum's mum's, and she gave it to me for my 18th birthday. The necklace is the same one that my sister has. She's called Hannah, and the name is the chain.” – Zara Larsson

“During our childhood, my sister and I had no birthday parties. We would take a packet of sweets to school and distribute it to our class-mates. That was it. We were not allowed to go to parties, either.” – Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“I really thought to myself, 'If I'm going to do anything in this world, I am going to be the best I can be.' I have a tennis coach that has taken me as far as my body can go. I hired a private skiing coach during my birthday week. I have a private yoga instructor. I just don't understand why you wouldn't give yourself every advantage.” – Mark Pincus

“Somewhere it was written that October 18th is my birthday, and some people flew to Georgia to wish me! They came to my college, spoke to my professor, found out where I lived, and they were at my doorstep! I was shocked!” – Sai Pallavi

“I'm the type who minds my own business and am not keen on giving interviews on my mom's birthday, or my dog's birthday.” – Andrea Jeremiah

“Friends and family do not believe you write fiction. They truly believe that every word you write is either autobiographical or based on them. I once had a character say that she never wanted to be invited to another children's birthday party, and I never received another children's birthday party invitation ever again.” – Liane Moriarty

“I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career. I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party, what my son was writing. I was thinking about Legos.” – Jill Clayburgh

“On a royal birthday every house must fly a flag, or the owner would be dragged to a police station and be fined twenty-five rubles.” – Mary Antin

“And I was very shy as a kid; if you sang me 'Happy Birthday,' I would cry. Quite shy. So the idea of being an actor, much less a model, was just out of this world.” – Cody Horn

“The worst part about celebrating another birthday is the shock that you're only as well as you are.” – Anne Lamott

“I celebrated my 18th birthday in Japan, which was quite memorable; I was quite fascinated by the different traditions and the culture; it was so completely different to Australian culture.” – Miranda Kerr

“One of my favorite memories was one time Prince picked me up and said we were going to Michael Jordan's birthday party.” – Tamron Hall

“It's in my stars to invent; I was born on Madame Curie's birthday. I have this need for originals, for innovation. That's why I like Charlie Parker.” – Joni Mitchell

“I like to go to anybody else's birthday, and if I'm invited I'm a good guest. But I never celebrate my birthdays. I really don't care.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov

“I saw Richard Linklater's film 'Slacker' for my twenty-first birthday. That was the moment when it all seemed possible. This guy gave me hope.” – Kevin Smith

“For a meal out, my number one restaurant is Peter's Inn. I first went there when it was an old biker bar. Believe me, when it was Motorcycle Pete's, that was fun. I had my 30th birthday there.” – John Waters

“If there's one thing I really want for my birthday, that is for the mining company not to mine my daddy's reserve.” – Bindi Irwin

“To me, full-time mothering felt like way too much and yet not nearly enough. Lost in a landslide of diapers, birthday parties, and others' needs, I ached to reestablish myself.” – Glennon Doyle Melton

“I definitely break out karaoke when my friends have birthday parties.” – Josh Groban

“I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn't see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.” – Barry White

“I've always loved watches. It's been the one thing that I've asked for, whether it was every Christmas or a birthday.” – Yara Shahidi

“I hate birthdays. I hate birthday parties. I hate them. I don't know what it is, anybody's only got to come wafting near me with a piece of cake with a candle on and I break out in hives.” – Cat Deeley

“My first proper kiss was from Cara Shucksmith when I was 13 or 14 at her birthday party.” – Robert Webb

“My wife and I love to travel, so if we don't have work on either her or my birthday, we definitely travel.” – Barun Sobti

“I'm a big fan of Kurt Cobain. I put a picture of him holding a gun on my Instagram for his birthday. He's definitely one of my favorite rock artists.” – Prodigy

“For my birthday my husband learned to cook and is cooking one day a week for me. But he only likes to do fancy dishes. So we end up with weird, obscure things in the refrigerator.” – Cheryl Hines

“I play PC and Xbox games at home, and I just got a PSP as a birthday present.” – Uwe Boll

“If Congress can move President's Day, Columbus Day and, alas, Martin Luther King's Birthday celebration for the convenience of shoppers, shouldn't they at least consider moving Election Day for the convenience of voters?” – Andrew Young

“My great-grandmother lived to be 100 years old, so I got to know her. She always sent us birthday cards that had $2 bills inside - we kept them for good luck.” – Dana Perino

“I wanted Cathy and Irving to actually say 'I do' and be pronounced husband and wife on Feb. 5, which is my mom's birthday.” – Cathy Guisewite

“I've always wanted to buy a sports car. After the England series, I went up to my dad and said that I wanted to buy a sports car and got his consent. On his birthday, I surprised him by bringing it home. It's a Porsche Boxter Limited Edition, and my family was thrilled to see it.” – Suresh Raina

“My birthday is Feb. 11, and I'm both excited and not excited by it. You'll never be 15 again, and you really, really need to savor every day like it's your last.” – Q'orianka Kilcher

“On my actual 16th birthday, on the actual day, I went home and I had chicken korma and Peshwari naan bread and pilau rice, and that was fantastic.” – Maisie Williams

“I used to be good with kids, but as I get older, I'm grumpy and terrible with them. As for doing a gig at a 6-year old's birthday party, you couldn't pay me enough.” – Johnny Vegas

“As a kid, I always went to therapists; the first time was when my parents were separated on my sixth birthday, then on and off since then.” – Pete Wentz

“I once choked on a chip at a friend's birthday when I was seven and had to be sent home, as I'd broken my collarbone coughing.” – Stella Young

“On my birthday, I was in Milan for the collections.” – Eva Herzigova

“If you've been running a business for 38 years, you're approaching your 66th birthday, you've never owed a man a penny or done anyone any grievance in your life, and you feel hard done-by and try to protect yourself and your family, but go to prison, well if that's the society we're living in, I'm happy to accept that.” –Sean Quinn

“Yes, I am scared of prison. It's the last thing if you are after building up a business over 38 years and you are approaching your 66th birthday and you never owed a man a penny and you feel hard done by and you try to protect yourself and your family and go to prison - if that is the society we are living in, I am happy to accept that.” – Sean Quinn

“I'm good in summer. My birthday is in summer. I don't like it when it's too hot, but, you know, blue skies, I think people genuinely loosen up a bit, and it's nicer.” – George Ezra

“I've been a Nick Cave fan since the early '80s when he was part of The Birthday Party thing singing Australian self-destructive rock band and I've always followed his work and loved it.” – Aleksandar Hemon

“Having a Mary Poppins-themed birthday party when I was 5 - all my friends went in dresses, and I went as a chimney sweep. I was a real tomboy.” – Poppy Delevingne

“In the world of online invitations, nothing is sacred. People will invite all 500 of their 'closest' friends to their birthday party - and 485 of those people will RSVP 'yes' without intending to show up.” – Susannah Cahalan

“I am the guy dressing up in, you know, the caveman outfit for the kids' birthday parties.” – Rob Lowe

“The Governors Ball is like a big birthday party, and all these stars are like excited kids running around - 'Oooo, look at my pretty new dress!' And what's the best, most fun surprise at a birthday party? When the cake comes out!” – Sherry Yard

“If you believe in romance, and if you believe in marriage, you also have to believe in divorce. It's like, with 'Getting On,' a lot of people say, 'I don't want to watch that. It's so dark.' But you can't just want to go to weddings and children's birthday parties. You've got to witness it all.” – Alex Borstein

“If I have the power to post 'Happy Birthday' on someone's Facebook page and make them feel really good, it feels really good to make other people feel really good. I love it. I'm a huge Facebook and Twitter person. And I love talking to my fans. It's fun.” – Rebecca Mader

“My ace in the hole as a human being used to be my capacity for remembering birthdays. I worked at it. Whenever I made a new friend, I made a point of finding out his or her birthday early on, and I would record it in my Filofax calendar.” – Susan Orlean

“Ask any teenage girl to describe her perfect bedroom, and you'll get answers like 'a room with a private phone line, a place to hang out with friends, and for it to be way-cool and funky.' Ask parents the same question, and 'a locked door that opens on their 21st birthday' might top the list!” – Candice Olson

“For my 9th birthday, my only wish was to eat like a farmer boy. I had devoured 'The Little House on the Prairie' book series and wanted to be like Almanzo Wilder, the protagonist of 'Farmer Boy,' one of the later installments in the 'Little House' series.” – Charles Best

“Most of us can remember a time when a birthday - especially if it was one's own - brightened the world as if a second sun has risen.” – Robert Staughton Lynd

“I just have to attend someone's birthday party or go out for dinner with someone else for us to be in a relationship. That's not going to stop me from socialising, but tell me, which girl would want to be with a guy who goes to bed early and gives more importance to the gym?” – Sidharth Malhotra

“I remember for my 18th birthday, I was going to get a tattoo, and I made the mistake of thinking I was a man and telling my father, and he was like, 'Oh yeah? You better tattoo a new address on your arm, because you're not living here!' And that was the end of that discussion.” – Adam Ferrara

“My mum, she loves a bargain hunt. You can't buy her anything expensive. I remember I bought her a diamond bracelet for her birthday. I was being a nice son! She told me to take it back.” – Daniel Sturridge

“We were probably the last people in the country to get a VCR and we didn't have cable. There wasn't any admiration of glamour, no, 'I want to look like them or have that lifestyle', because everyone in my town had the same lifestyle. So I didn't think, 'Ooh, a movie star's birthday!' I just thought, 'What?'” – Christina Hendricks

“I played rugby for years, and I had a rugby jacket that I lost when I was 14. Somehow, my brother found it in storage 15 years later, and he gave it back to me for my 30th birthday. That was amazing and probably one of the best gifts I've ever received.” – Ryan Reynolds

“Jewellery's not a big thing for me. The only thing I wear is a gold cross on a chain that I got for my 21st birthday. You have to take it off every day for filming, but that's the only time I'm not wearing it. You won't find me in rings, bracelets or earrings.” – Jonas Armstrong

“I have an ambivalent relationship with Margaret Thatcher. She came to power in May 1979 - a month before my 11th birthday. I was far too young to have developed a great deal of political awareness. I remember it, though - my mother excited at the dinner table because Britain had its first female prime minister.” – Sara Sheridan

“I have angel wings and a halo on my wrist, which I got done on my 30th birthday in memory of my brother.” –Sheridan Smith

“I'm trying to get the record that I made at my birthday party last year, trying to get that out, and the lawyers are diddling around with it and it probably won't be out until next year. I don't know.” – Marian McPartland

“Birthday Alarm was a very simple site based on being reminded of your friends' birthdays.” – Michael Birch

“I do like to shock and surprise people. When it's all in good fun, of course.” – Ruth Warrick

“I grew up on Section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare, and dealing with social services. I never had a Christmas. I never had a birthday.” – Logic

“I gave a funny speech at my wife's birthday party, and I'm thinking, 'Hey, I've still got it.'” – Larry David

“I want to say that probably 24 hours after I told CBS that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday, I was already regretting it. And I regretted it every day since.” – Walter Cronkite

“It is ironic that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our creator, our very self-consciousness, is also the one thing that divides us from our fellow creatures. It was a bitter birthday present from evolution.” – Annie Dillard

“I'm not a big birthday guy; I never have been.” – Lewis Black

“On my 50th birthday in 2005, my discount-wielding AARP card came in the mail. I hurled it in the trash, put on something fabulous, and had a decadent meal. Just the thought of putting it in my wallet felt like a concession.” – Iman

“I just had my 30th birthday and we went turkey shooting. It's what I wanted to do, so we went.” – Kelly Clarkson

“I've never looked forward to a birthday like I'm looking forward to my new daughter's birthday, because two days after that is when I can apply for reinstatement.” – Pete Rose

“I can remember the three restaurant experiences of my childhood. All I wanted to do on my birthday was to go to the Automat in New York... but I don't know if you consider that a real restaurant.” – Alice Waters

“About 50 percent of the songs on the radio are like, 'Live like tomorrow doesn't exist. Like it's my birthday. Like it's the last day of my life'... Such a large percentage of pop music is really about party time.” – Sia

“Citizens, thank you for all your birthday wishes. I am 88 years old today and still lucky to live in the greatest city in the world.” – Ed Koch

“My father was a shaman. He told me that time doesn't exist. He didn't use a clock. He didn't know when my birthday was.” – Alessandro Michele

“Nobody is going to pretend that I am younger than I am. Apart from anything else, it is in the papers all the damn time - every time I have a birthday.” – Laurence Olivier

“I lived for 15 years in Los Angeles, and I still can't believe that the handsomest man in the world, Cary Grant, and the greatest performer in the world, Fred Astaire, and Johnny Carson, one after another - they were all in my home at different times. I celebrated my 50th birthday with them. Unforgettable.” – Tony Bennett

“Sinatra invited me once to his birthday party in L.A. I was young, and I felt great about it. But when I got there, the Rat Pack were all in the kitchen laughing their heads off.” – Tony Bennett

“I love the Sixties with Julie Christie and Jane Birkin - those natural English beauties. That's the look that is most me, when I wore the tight-to-the knee dresses. I don't think I bleached my hair until I was 20. I like experimenting for big occasions, though. You've always got to do a bit of a number for the birthday!” – Kate Moss

“This is going to make me sound awful, but I was 18 when I took my first flight because the Prince of Brunei flew Mis-Teeq over to play at his birthday party! I was in business class being fed amazing food. I got over my fear pretty quickly.” – Alesha Dixon

“My 40th birthday I held in an old-age home. My 50th I had at Pravda before it opened in New York. My 60th I had at Pastis. For my 70th, I thought, 'I don't need to have a celebrity party this year. I'm going to go take my oldest, closest friends to Paris.'” – John Waters

“When I did 'Happy Birthday,' I wrote the treatment for the video before I wrote the record. And once I wrote the video, I had a clear understanding of what I wanted; I created the soundtrack to that video.” – Joyner Lucas

“I always knew that good stuff would come along when I was older. So when I was 18, I longed to be 30; when I was 30, I longed to be 50. I've always looked forward to my next birthday.” – Joanna Lumley

“I threw my son, Brandon, a rave for his birthday and I fully set it up like a crazy rave with lights and sound, me and my partner DJ'd - I got Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys to come DJ for a bit.” – Tommy Lee

“Mum loves me being famous! She is so excited and proud, as she had me so young and couldn't support me, so I am living her dream, it's sweeter for both of us. It's her 40th birthday soon and I'm going to buy her 40 presents.” – Adele

“I love a card. You know, cards? At birthdays? I collect them.” – Adele

“Nicole will come up in conversations where it's in a part of the conversation. Or we may be somewhere and I would tell some story about their mother and I. You know, we always honor her birthday.” – O. J. Simpson

“My fourth birthday, I was given a violin, and my fifth birthday, a guitar. I didn't start to play until I saw Hendrix on TV. They showed him setting his guitar on fire and burning it for the Monterey Pop Festival.” – Yngwie Malmsteen

“There are two kinds of people in crisis situations - those who fight and those who freeze. I'm a freezer, and that's just going by the couple of surprise birthday parties I've had thrown for me.” – Cobie Smulders

“I remember, for my fifth birthday, Chet Baker sat me on the upright piano, and he played just for me for a few minutes. I can still remember the pressure of the air on my chest. It was my first physical contact with sound.” – Jean-Michel Jarre

“I wore a $30 vintage wedding dress for my 8th birthday in an underground jazz club in Seattle. This was what I wanted.” – Dove Cameron

“I don't know what that is because to me, Feb. 14 is Rob Thomas' birthday, and that's only what I acknowledge it as. I just like to celebrate that as Rob Thomas' birthday.” – Nikki Glaser

“The first time I went on a serious run was when I was 21 years old at Stanford University. From 21 to 30, I continued the tradition and ran 10 miles every year on my birthday.” – Sterling K. Brown

“It's kind of ironic that the only Super Bowl I've been to as a fan was when the Rams played the Titans. I was at that game. My grandpa, when he was still involved in the NFL, he got me tickets for my birthday.” – Sean McVay

“I'm tired of playing people who are complete washouts and bums. I don't mind waiting for the good ones to come along. It's like age. It's never bothered me. I've even forgot my birthday. Many times I've wondered if I should tell my real age, but now I think it's an honor, to be doing what I'm doing now at my age.” – Harry Dean Stanton

“I have given myself a Tesla for my 60th birthday.” – Stanley Druckenmiller

“I was put on a pony as a kid at some birthday party when you're all led around.” – Victoria Pendleton

“Family time was very difficult when my girls were little, but I never missed a birthday; I was there for every major event.” – Jeff Dunham

“I'm over the moon to be involved in the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special. I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever.” –Katherine Jenkins

“I've never really made a big deal out of my birthday.” – Nikki Reed

“I just remember celebrating my 18th birthday at home, so that was a big party.” – Angelique Kerber

“I crashed my boyfriend's birthday when I was 12 years old. He didn't invite me and so I showed up.” – Isla Fisher

“If I'm about to forget my kid's birthday, I want the phone to scream at me until I do something about it.” – Sundar Pichai

“We kind of look at music as something very natural in people's lives. I mean, most of us can relate to music in some sort of shape and form, and if you think about it, most of us remember the first time we kissed someone, what kind of music was playing or the song that was playing on our friend's birthday.” – Daniel Ek

“I had a 'Cats' phase, where I did lots of overturned furniture and trash cans. I asked for a fog machine for my birthday.” – Ben Platt

“I'm amazed. When I was 40, I thought I'd never make 50. And at 50 I thought the frosting on the cake would be 60. At 60, I was still going strong and enjoying everything.” – Gloria Stuart

“Our kids will never have to remember things, because it's all in pictures. Want to remember your fourth birthday? There'll be video of it on your phone.” – Jason Bateman

“My parents were dishonest people. If it was my birthday, I knew my mother took me to the K-Mart and she stole my toy. She'd put it in the shopping cart and we'd walk out. I was raised with that.” – Vincent Gallo

“My mom and my father's birthday are on the same day.” – Victor Cruz

“They decided as part of my 75th birthday celebrations that I would be entitled to fly first class. I'll be honest, I'm not good at flying anymore. To my credit, I can stretch out on two coach seats.” – Chuck Feeney

“I cried on my 18th birthday. I thought 17 was such a nice age. You're young enough to get away with things, but you're old enough, too.” – Liv Tyler

“I had been offered a Hollywood contract before my 18th birthday. It gave me the spark I needed.” – Gene Tierney

“In 1984, when I was a rookie member of the House, there was a bill introduced to make Martin Luther King's birthday a state holiday. It didn't have a chance. As time passed, though, more and more states adopted the holiday. Finally, after about five years, we passed it and, I think, almost unanimously. As I said, change is slow and hard.” – John Grisham

“I was hurtling towards 40, and I'd always wanted to write. It does focus your mind, heading towards that big birthday. If there is anything you think you want to do, you think, 'I probably should have a go now!'” – Gail Honeyman

“That's the great thing about New Year's, you get to be a year older. For me, that wasn't such a joke, because my birthday was always around this time. When I was a kid, my father used to tell me that everybody was celebrating my birthday. That's what the trees are all about.” – Alan King

“Reaching F1 was always the ultimate goal, I suppose, ever since driving a go-kart my father had bought me for my fifth birthday.” – Lance Stroll

“I used to go to musicals every birthday - that was my birthday present. We'd go to London, me and my two brothers and mum and dad. I think I saw 'Mamma Mia' about five times.” – Lily James

“I don't really remember, but I'm positive that whenever I cried, my mother gave me something to eat. I'm sure that whenever I had a fight with the little girl next door, or it was raining and I couldn't go out, or I wasn't invited to a birthday party, my mother gave me a piece of candy to make me feel better.” – Jean Nidetch

“When I was six years old, Mom and Dad gave me a guitar for my birthday, and Daddy taught me the chords to 'You Are My Sunshine.'” – Roy Orbison

“I hate birthdays. I thought that I only hated my own birthday, and then I realized that I hate my children's birthdays too.” – Samantha Bee

“For my birthday this year, my girlfriends - who knew I'd just inherited my dad's turntable - gave me a carton of albums like 'Blue Kentucky Girl,' by Emmylou Harris, and 'Off the Wall,' by Michael Jackson. It's all stuff we grew up with. I mean, you can't have a music collection without Prince's 'Purple Rain' - it just can't be done!” – Connie Britton

“This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday... I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn't let me - Homeland Security.” – Art Buchwald

“I'm most comfortable in my birthday suit.” – Amanda Seyfried

“John Candy knew he was going to die. He told me on his 40th birthday. He said, well, Maureen, I'm on borrowed time.” – Maureen O'Hara

“Jesus' birthday is commercialized, so of course, Black History Month is commercialized.” – Jidenna

“I've never hosted a party in my life, not even my own birthday party. I'd feel really uncomfortable saying, 'Hey everybody, let's celebrate me!' But I'm not antisocial. I don't hate people.” – Alessia Cara

“I first picked up a guitar when I was ten years old; my parents surprised me with it for my tenth birthday. I started taking lessons when I was thirteen, but only for a few months, and then I just kept teaching myself.” – Alessia Cara

“The sexiest thing my girlfriend has ever done for me is when she planned three full days of events, meals, and surprises for my birthday. It was like one continuous gift.” – Chris Wood

“Every year before a big competition, I get hurt doing stuff I should not be doing. One year it was my little brother's 12th birthday. We all played hide-and-seek late at night. I climbed up a 30-foot tree, thinking he'd never catch me. I tripped and fell on one of the branches and I hit my head.” – Ryan Lochte

“My parents screened 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' for my 6th birthday, and I became fascinated by the idea of living in a candy land with chocolate rivers and lollipop trees.” – Dylan Lauren

“I saw a man killed in front of my eyes just before my eighth birthday.” – Peter O'Toole

“Interventions are really emotionally exhausting and I would never ever want to have one. In the same way, I would never want to have a surprise birthday party. That would be horrible.” – Margaret Cho

“There are times I have to diet 16 weeks at a go, and I had to miss out on stuff I love, like burgers and birthday parties.” – Ronnie Coleman

“I often imagine what it would be like if my father were still here to mark his 100th birthday, if Alzheimer's hadn't clawed away years, possibilities, hopes. What would he think of all the commemorations and celebrations?” – Patti Davis

“I remember when I was working at Sprint, I'd work on my birthday, New Year's Day, and even Christmas Eve. I'm just used to working on my birthday, so I'll be celebrating it afterward.” – Prince Royce

“As a kid, I would wake up, and there'd be a jazz funeral while I'm walking to school. And when I come home, you can find Rebirth band playing for a birthday party the same day.” – Trombone Shorty

“I find the violence in PG13 movies unbearable. This kid will never run home, never have another birthday. His death is slow, nightmarish. And you have to explore the consequences - the people who live on with this death.” – Marlon James

“As a child, I always chose a false nose and some face paint and a wig for my birthday.” – Ashley Jensen

“I don't really drink, but the one thing I really hanker after is Zubrowka vodka. If it's someone's birthday, I'll pretend I like red wine for about three sips.” – Sue Perkins

“I can still remember the afternoon, on my 15th birthday, when I opened up 'The Virgin and the Gypsy,' D.H. Lawrence's novella, in my tiny cell in boarding school, and whole worlds of possibility opened out that I had never guessed existed. The language was on fire and sang of liberation.” – Pico Iyer

“My mom FedExes a red velvet cake she makes from scratch to me every birthday.” – Molly Sims

“Every year on my birthday, I start a new playlist titled after my current age so I can keep track of my favorite songs of the year as a sort of musical diary because I am a teenage girl.” – Chris Hardwick

“Oh yes, my best birthday gift was when my dad gifted me my first car in college. It was a Maruti Swift. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. It was so much fun, as I could completely show it off to my friends that I have my own car now and not my dad's car.” – Huma Qureshi

“When I was younger, I was a rave kid trapped inside a singer/songwriter's body. But I kind of figured my way out because I started making these really terrible beats on this Yamaha keyboard that my parents got me for my 10th birthday.” – Charli XCX

“I did not have a normal life. I'd be training when my sister would be at birthday parties and sleepovers. I finished high school by correspondence, basically working two full-time jobs. The last years were very, very tough. But I was willing to do that. It's all about sacrifice.” – Eugenie Bouchard

“I think my first album was a gift for my birthday and a Faith Hill album; I loved her.” – Sara Sampaio

“For my 10th birthday, what I wanted was Beatle boots and a Beatle wig. My parents couldn't find Beatle boots, but down at the dime store, Woolworths or someplace, they found a Beatle wig!” – Ron Howard

“Plays have a celebratory nature that no other form has. Theater always meant celebration, a birthday, a reward for good grades. I felt at home in a theater. I loved being part of an audience. All the rules - the audience has to see the play on a certain date at a certain time in a certain place in a certain seat.” – John Guare

“Even when I was an engineer, I was a comic on my job. At birthday and holiday parties, I was the one scheduling and emceeing. If you work on your gift, and you're good, it will shine through.” – Loni Love

“I dated a guy for over a year who lied about his age the entire time. I found out after the fact and couldn't believe it! I even threw him a birthday party for the wrong age... I couldn't get over how hard he had tried to keep it a secret!” – Kirsten Prout

“In the time of social media, I get lots of wishes. It's overwhelming! What makes the day most special is the love I get from my fans, who try to make the occasion extra special. Almost 50 days before my birthday, they have started making plans. In fact, I have been receiving letters, too.” – Harshvardhan Rane

“For my seventh birthday, my parents gave me a plain, unfinished wooden dollhouse. It had six empty rooms, two floors, a staircase, and a door that swung out onto a little front stoop. The windows opened, and the roof retracted on one side, revealing an attic.” – J. Courtney Sullivan

“I believe that at least 70 percent of parenting goes to the mother. In our house, I'm the one who knows about all the school stuff, helps with the homework, organizes the play dates, and remembers the birthday parties.” – Cindy Crawford

“All my favorite stars, my family and my friends are here. I'm having the happiest birthday that an 18-year-old girl could ever have.” – Brandy Norwood

“I got my first camera when I was 21 - my boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday - but at that point politics was my life, and I viewed the camera as a tool for expressing my political beliefs rather than as an art medium.” – Carrie Mae Weems

“When I auditioned for drama college, they asked me to do my Shakespeare. I couldn't do it. They asked me to do my modern, and I couldn't do it. They asked me if I had a song prepared, and I said 'No,' so I sang 'Happy Birthday.' And I did a reasonable improvisation, a reasonable one, nothing special at all. I don't know how I got in, but I did.” – Hans Matheson

“Being a young actor, I remember missing out on summers, birthday parties, and school trips through high school because I was filming. There are so many things that you have to sacrifice and give up for it.” – Dylan Everett

“I guess I could say I'm an actor, which I am, but that sounds like I'm putting down being a movie star, which, let's face it, is what I've become to many people. For myself, I'm a guy who was very insecure from about age 14 until the day I hit my 30th birthday.” – Dennis Quaid

“What makes 'Maybach Music V' so special was, of course, I put the album out celebrating my daughter's birthday as well, and DeJ Loaf is her favorite artist. So 'Maybach Music V,' I wanted a real airy type of feel. Just a real slow vibe to it that's also going to surprise my daughter. So that's real special.” – Rick Ross

“My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 - or 1957. It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day, who called it an absolute load of rubbish.” – Harold Pinter

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