day on which one or more years ago someone appeared in the world

A birthday is an annual celebration of the date on which a person was born.

See also Growing old.



Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 70.
  • A birthday:—and now a day that rose
    With much of hope, with meaning rife—
    A thoughtful day from dawn to close:
    The middle day of human life.
  • As this auspicious day began the race
    Of ev'ry virtue join'd with ev'ry grace;
    May you, who own them, welcome its return,
    Till excellence, like yours, again is born.
    The years we wish, will half your charms impair;
    The years we wish, the better half will spare;
    The victims of your eyes will bleed no more,
    But all the beauties of your mind adore.
    • Jeffrey, Miscellanies, To a Lady on her Birthday.
  • Believing hear, what you deserve to hear:
    Your birthday as my own to me is dear.
    Blest and distinguished days! which we should prize
    The first, the kindest bounty of the skies.
    But yours gives most; for mine did only lend
    Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book IX, Epistle 53.
  • My birthday!—what a different sound
    That word had in my youthful ears;
    And how each time the day comes round,
    Less and less white its mark appears.
  • Whatever with the past has gone
    the best is always yet to come.
  • Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear;
    'Tis but the funeral of the former year.
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