When someone you care about has made it through another year, there’s nothing better than saying “Happy Birthday!” But just any generic message simply won’t do. Make your birthday wishes stand out by sending a meaningful message or quote. Of course, the words you choose depend on whose birthday you’re celebrating. For instance, while your grandmother might appreciate a sweet message, and your best friend a humorous quote, you may want to choose something a bit more romantic for your wife or husband. Here are 101 of the best birthday quotes and messages for family, friends, and loved ones. These are perfect for greeting cards, flower cards, text messages, and more!
- 101 Best Birthday Quotes and Messages
- Best Meaningful & Thoughtful Wishes for a Birthday
- Best Sweet and Simple Happy Birthday Wishes
- Best Funny & Humorous Happy Birthday Wishes
- Best Romantic Birthday Messages
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Dad
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Mom
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Wife
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Husband
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Brother
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Sister
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Son
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Daughter
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Friends
- Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Grandparents
- Wrap Up
101 Best Birthday Quotes and Messages
Best Meaningful & Thoughtful Wishes for a Birthday
When you care about someone, expressing your feelings is key. That goes double when giving birthday wishes. Here are some meaningful and thoughtful quotes to use on a birthday for someone you care about.
- You’re truly one of a kind! Here’s wishing you all the best on your special day.
- Today is the day to celebrate you — because you make the world a better, brighter place. Happy birthday!
- Wishing a truly happy birthday to one of the most special people in my life.
- I’m so happy I know you! Wishing you nothing but happiness on your birthday.
- Today, a very special person was born… and you’ve been making the world a better place ever since.
- On your birthday and every day, may you have all the love your heart can hold, and all the joy that life unfolds.
- The best is yet to come! Wishing you many more happy days and joyful birthdays.
Best Sweet and Simple Happy Birthday Wishes
Sometimes, you want to send a birthday message that gets right to the point. These short happy birthday wishes will get your meaning across in just a few (sweet and simple) words.
- May all your birthday wishes come true.
- In the journey of life, may you enjoy every mile.
- There’s no better day to celebrate than your special day.
- Wishing that all the joy you’ve spread in the past comes back to you.
- Happy birthday to someone who’s wonderful in every way.
- You mean the world to me, on your birthday and every day.
- On this day, an amazing person came into the world. Happy birthday!
- I’m so grateful I get to celebrate your special day with you.
Best Funny & Humorous Happy Birthday Wishes
A birthday is a time for celebrations and good cheer, and nothing gets the message across quite like a funny quote. If you want to send birthday wishes that’ll make them laugh, check out these humorous birthday quotes.
- There are so many candles on your birthday cake this year, we might need to call the fire department to blow them all out!
- Let the past go, as it can’t be changed. Let the future go, as no one can predict it. As for the present, let that go too… because I forgot to get you one.
- Happy birthday, friend! Have fun reading all the birthday messages on your social media from people you don’t actually talk to in real life.
- We’re both getting old… but who’s counting? Happy birthday anyway!
- Even though you’re a year older, it doesn’t mean you have to grow up. Here’s to being a kid at heart forever!
- It’s your birthday — let the awkward singing commence! (And please don’t spit on the cake when you blow out the candles this time!)
- Don’t think of it as getting older. Think of it as one step closer to getting the senior discount at the local buffet! Happy birthday.
- The older you get, the more I realize that I’m still younger than you. Happy birthday to an old gal/guy who still knows how to party!
Best Romantic Birthday Messages
When you’re wishing that special someone a happy birthday, choose a message that’ll let them exactly how much you love them. These romantic birthday messages are a great place to express your deepest feelings.
- Happy birthday to the love of my life.
- My love grows deeper for you every year… here’s to celebrating the rest of our birthdays together!
- I love you today and every day, to the moon and back and to the end of time. Happy birthday, sweetheart.
- I feel so lucky that you chose to spend your special day with me! Happy birthday, my love.
- I’m so glad you came into this world… but I’m even more glad you came into my world. Happy birthday to my one and only.
- You’re the flame on my candle, the frosting on my cake, and the wrapping on my present. Happy birthday to my love.
- For your birthday, I wanted to give you all of my love… there just wasn’t a box big enough to hold it all.
- Your life began on this day, but my life began the day I met you. You’re the one I want to grow old with. Let’s spend the rest of our birthdays together.
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Dad
Your dad has been your protector, friend, and champion for your whole life. These messages can help you tell him how much he means to you on his special day.
- Hey Dad, you may be another year older, but you’re still a rock star!
- Happy Birthday Dad. I want you to know that I’ll always be your biggest fan.
- I hope your day is as special as you are… I’m so lucky I get to call you Dad.
- It’s your birthday, so sit back, relax, and take a break on your special day. You deserve it!
- Thanks for always holding my hand, Dad. Wishing you all the love on your birthday.
- Happy birthday, Dad! Here’s to a year filled with adventure and fun.
- Not all heroes wear capes. Here’s to my hero on his birthday — my one and only Dad.
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Mom
Without moms, there wouldn’t even be any birthdays! Let yours know how much you love and appreciate her on her birthday (and every day). These loving birthday messages show her how much you care.
- Happy birthday to the best mom in the whole world. I owe it all to you, Mom.
- You’re my first, best, and forever friend. Happy birthday to my wonderful Mom!
- Mom, no matter how many birthdays pass, wherever you are is always home to me. Have an amazing birthday.
- To my wonderful mother on her special day: Thanks for all the love and care. You mean everything to me. Happy birthday, with all my love.
- It’s amazing how great you look for your age, especially knowing all the grief I gave you as a child… love you Mom!
- Mom, I just wanted to wish you a happy __th anniversary of your 29th birthday!
- You’ve been there for me through thick and thin. Hope you have an amazing, relaxing birthday!
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Wife
Let your better half know how much you love her with these caring birthday messages. These sweet, loving messages will make your wife’s day extra amazing.
- How lucky am I… I met my soul mate and she agreed to marry me. Happy birthday, my love!
- You hold the key to my heart. I can’t wait to spend today and the rest of your birthdays with you.
- On your birthday and every day, I wish you all the love, happiness, and chocolate in the world.
- With each passing year, I love you more and more. Happy birthday, my lovely sweetheart.
- You’re more than a wife… you’re my best friend and my love. Happy birthday to the most important person in my life.
- To my beautiful wifey on her birthday: You dazzle me more each year. Every day, I’m amazed that I found you.
- Loving you is a privilege and a dream come true. Thanks for being my person, now and forever.
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Husband
When the man in your life is celebrating a birthday, choose words that will make his day even more special. Take inspiration from these birthday quotes that are perfect for a husband.
- Happy birthday to the most amazing man on earth!
- Another year older… and you’re stronger, wiser, and more handsome than ever!
- You look too good to be this old. Happy birthday, honey.
- Happy birthday to my wonderful husband. I can’t wait to spend the rest of them together, too.
- I’m so lucky — I married the greatest man on earth. Happy birthday, sweetie.
- Sorry I can’t help you blow out your candles today… you still take my breath away.
- Happy birthday to my favorite husband of all time. Here’s to many, many more!
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Brother
It’s your brother’s birthday, and that means it’s time to celebrate! It’s also the perfect time to let him how much he means to you (without getting all mushy about it). These birthday quotes will show your bro just how awesome he is.
- Happy birthday to a charming, witty, handsome, and adorable brother… you remind me a lot of me!
- Happy birthday to my childhood partner in crime. Let’s get up to some shenanigans today.
- It’s amazing how long we’ve put up with each other! Happy birthday to my best bro.
- You’re the perfect age — old enough to recognize your mistakes, but young enough to make some more. Happy birthday!
- No matter how serious life gets, it’s good to always have that one person to act stupid with. Love you, brother!
- Happy birthday, hermano. You look younger than ever.
- It’s weird: No matter how old you get, your maturity level stays the same. Don’t ever change, bro!
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Sister
Your sister’s been there through thick and thin, even when you’re arguing over who gets to use the hair drier or wear that really great pair of jeans. When her special day rolls around, take the chance to let her know how you feel with a heartfelt message.
- I’ll always look up to you, sister (so make sure you make good choices on your birthday!)
- Thanks for always being my role model. You’re the best! I love you, sis!
- Happy birthday, little sister! I’ve always had your back, and I always will… no matter how old we get.
- Wishing you all the love and happiness the world has to offer, on your birthday and every day.
- Happy birthday to the best, most fun sister anyone could have. Promise me you’ll never start to act your age.
- The best sister deserves the best birthday… and that means you! Now get out there and party!
- You may be a year older, but you’ll always be younger than me. Love you sis!
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Son
Your son means the world to you, and his birthday is the perfect time to let him know. Choose a birthday message that isn’t too sweet or flowery, and that recognizes what an amazing guy he is.
- I’ve loved you since before you were born… and I always will. Happy birthday!
- Happy birthday to an amazing son. It’s such a privilege to watch you growing into a man.
- Happy birthday to the best son a parent could ever ask for. Hope your special day is as wonderful as you are.
- Happy birthday to my son… never stop reaching for the stars!
- Son, you’re turning into an amazing person. I guess all those hours of labor were worth it! Have a happy birthday.
- Wishing you a day filled with fun and a year filled with joy. Happy birthday to my son.
- Hope your birthday is as unforgettable, unique, and fantastic as you are.
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Daughter
There’s no one more beautiful than a daughter — indeed, daughters are a special gift. Let yours know exactly how much you care about her with these heartfelt quotes.
- Today, we celebrate all the joy and light you bring into the world. Happy birthday, beautiful daughter!
- May all your wishes come true on your birthday, and every day.
- A very happy birthday to the sweetest girl on the planet!
- Today we celebrate the biggest gift we ever received… you! Happy birthday, daughter.
- You deserve everything the world has to offer and more, on your birthday and beyond.
- Keep reaching for your dreams, daughter! You can do anything you put your mind to.
- Never stop being yourself — because you’re the best person I know! Love you, daughter.
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Friends
You can depend on your friends no matter what. That means you should send them a special message on their special day! Celebrate your bestie on their birthday with a funny, caring, and kind quote that expresses just how much they mean to you.
- A very special person was born today… happy birthday to my bestie!
- Happy birthday to the one person in the world that knows all of my secrets.
- On your birthday and every day, you give new meaning to the term “BFF”. Let’s celebrate many, many more together.
- Live it up on your special day! Happy birthday, bestie.
- You’re a year older and wiser today… happy birthday to a wonderful friend.
- On your birthday, may you be surrounded by good friends, good food, and good times.
- You send so much good out into the world — may you receive it all back on this day. Happy birthday, friend!
Best Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Grandparents
Our elders deserve our respect, and happy birthday wishes, too! Whether you want to send a sweet message to your Nana or a funny message to your fun-loving grandpa, these birthday messages for grandparents will put a smile on their faces.
- On your birthday, remember that those aren’t gray hairs on your head. They’re wisdom highlights! Here’s to being forever young.
- Today and every day, but especially today, I feel so blessed to have such a caring, compassionate and wonderful grandparent. Happy birthday!
- I’m so lucky to have such a sweet Grandma! Thanks for always being there for me.
- You may be older today than you were yesterday, but you’re still younger than you will be tomorrow. Live it up on your birthday, Grandpa!
- Happy birthday, Nana! I hope your day — and your birthday cake — is just as sweet as you are.
- Grandpa, thanks for always being there to lend a helping hand. Happy birthday!
- All my life, you’ve been there to share your wisdom and love. Thank you for all you’ve done for me over the years. Hope you have a wonderful and happy birthday.
It’s been another year around the sun, that’s always something to celebrate! Whether the special day belongs to your romantic partner, your best friend, your son, your daughter, or your parents, sending the right message is key. So grab a pen and a card, and put all those feelings into words. A happy birthday message from you is sure to make their day even better.
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