Each year another birthday comes and passes. This year don’t just turn another year older make it mean something by checking out some inspirational birthday quotes. Who knows, it may help shape the rest of your year for the better.

1. The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience. — Frank Herbert

2. The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. — Marcus Aurelius

3. Knowing how to age and not being afraid of aging is very healthy. — Evelyn Lauder

4. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. — Marie Curie

5. Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. — Theodore Roosevelt

6. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. — Omar Khayyam

7. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them—that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. — Lao Tzu

8. I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. — Arthur Rubinstein

9. If you want to be happy, be so. — Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

10. Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. — Hans Christian Andersen

11. Life is a song—sing it. Life is a game—play it. Life is a challenge—meet it. Life is a dream—realize it. Life is a sacrifice—offer it. Life is love—enjoy it. — Sai Baba

12. Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome. — Amelia Barr

13. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. — Theodore Roosevelt

14. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!“ — Audrey Hepburn

15. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. — Aesop

16. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. — John F. Kennedy

17. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. — Charles Spurgeon

18. It takes a long time to become young. — Pablo Picasso

19. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

20. Youth is not a time of life; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. — Samuel Ullman

21. Happiness depends upon ourselves. — Aristotle

22. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. — Maya Angelou

23. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years. — Ausonius

24. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Milton Berle

25. Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. — John Barrymore

26. Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. — Edmund Burke

27. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. — Joseph Campbell

28. Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that. — Eartha Kitt

29. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. — Mother Teresa

30. All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much. — The Beatles

31. Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. — Irving Berlin

32. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. — Vince Lombardi

33. Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. — Soren Kierkegaard

34. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. — William James

35. Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you. — Walt Whitman 

36. Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed. — Corita Kent

37. Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose. — Lyndon B. Johnson

38. Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength. — Betty Friedan

39. In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life. — Albert Bandura

40. Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. — Napoleon Hill

41. My life is my message. — Mahatma Gandhi

42. Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. — William E. Gladstone

43. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. — Benjamin Disraeli

44. My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. — Jack Layton

45. The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. — Madeleine L’Engle

46. The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. — Bertrand Russell

47. Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. — Rose Kennedy

48. Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. — Oscar Wilde

49. Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. — Bernard Meltzer

50. Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. — Jean Paul

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