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

A birthday is a celebration of the anniversary of a person's birth.

See also Growing old.


  • All the world's a birthday cake, / So take a piece but not too much.
    • George Harrison lyric from the song It's All Too Much on the Yellow Submarine album (1969)

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

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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