Read the most inspirational birthday quotes by famous authors, writers, and poets to use for special wishes for the most literary person in your life to have a happy birthday.

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As a lover of words and literature, compiling and sharing birthday quotes like these feels to me like such a meaningful way to celebrate a person’s special day. Writers naturally have a way with words and birthdays are special events that require caring and meaningful messages.

Below, I have focused on curating birthday quotes by famous authors that are specifically about birthdays — not aging, the value of our days, etc. And I tried to keep them as light and inspirational as possible so they feel extra celebratory.

I hope these literary birthday quotes bring joy and light up your life as brightly as the candles on a birthday cake!

Birthday Quotes by Famous Authors, Writers & Poets


“I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be! If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!” – Dr. Seuss

“Having a birthday is like reaching a higher peak on a mountain. Pause to admire the view; reflect on how far you have come.” –  Richelle E. Goodrich

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

“Findus had three birthdays a year, because it was more fun that way.” – Sven Nordqvist

“‘This is a birthday present from my Uncle Ry,’ Stillwater said. ‘He always gives presents on his birthday, to celebrate the day he was born.’” – Jon J. Muth

“My father had always told me that my birthday was the first day of spring. Not a specific day of the year, but the feeling- an undercurrent of warmth waking up the earth. The scent of violets. Green in the air, he called it.” – Erica Bauermeister

“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” – Amit Kalantri

“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

“From our birthday, until we die, / Is but the winking of an eye.” – William Butler Yeats

“Link says if a girl says not to get her a birthday present that means get me a birthday present and make sure it’s jewelry.” – Kami Garcia

“‘Happy birthday,’ she said. ‘And next time? Eat the stupid cupcake.'” – Rachel Caine

“Today is your birthday! Today You are You!” – Dr. Seuss

“For me, birthdays are notches on an infinite timeline.” – Jessica Khoury

“You know how most people dread a birthday… Well, I feel the exact opposite. I feel that every day is an extraordinary gift. Just to be here, and especially to be here with you.” – James Patterson

“After all, what are birthdays? Here today and gone tomorrow.” – A.A. Milne

“The cake had a trick candle that wouldn’t go out, so I didn’t get my wish. Which was just that it would always be like this, that my life could be a party just for me.” – Janet Fitch

“Every birthday celebrates a life because every life is important.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“A birthday is a very big thing. It should be big from the minute you wake up. It should be such a big thing—all day long—that you fall down into sleep that night all worn out from so much bigness. You get a present with paper on it, you can open that in just a minute. And then, depending on what’s inside, a birthday can sort of lose its shine. And then what do you got? No birthday. No big thing. So what I wanted for my sweet little boy was a birthday that would be big and last all day long. Nobody should be able to mess with that, or make it not safe.” – Catherine Ryan Hyde

“For my last birthday, Dad bought me a pocket-sized Collins English Dictionary. It would only fit in a pocket that had been specially designed.” – John Dunthorne

“Because no one should be alone and sad on their birthday, even if they thought they wanted to be.” – Sara Barnard

“If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you. If you’d never been born, well then what would you do?” – Dr. Seuss

“Birthdays were made for going wild over the people we think are amazing.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth. ” – Ovid

“I wondered if the poor kid had ever had a birthday party, or if he’d ever even been invited to one. ‘Come inside for cake and ice cream,’ I said. ‘It sounds like we’ve got a lot to talk about.’” – Rick Riordan

“She kept the wish to herself, as she should have, and simply blew out the candle.” – Richelle Mead

“‘Anyway – Harry,'” said the giant, turning his back on the Dursleys, ‘a very happy birthday to yeh. Got summat fer yeh here – I mighta sat on it at some point, but it’ll taste all right.'” – J.K. Rowling

Those are all the best birthday quotes by famous authors, writers, and poets.

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