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Birthday Quotes

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person he believed in me."

"My parents were dishonest people. If it was my birthday I knew my mother took me to the K-Mart and she stole my toy. She'd put it in the shopping cart and we'd walk out. I was raised with that."

"I had been offered a Hollywood contract before my 18th birthday. It gave me the spark I needed."

"All the world is birthday cake so take a piece but not too much."

"I always wanted to shave. It is a very natural process. For my birthday I got a lot of shaving stuff."

"I saw Richard Linklater's film 'Slacker' for my twenty-first birthday. That was the moment when it all seemed possible. This guy gave me hope."

"My mom and my father's birthday are on the same day."

"I worked at an ice cream parlor called Chadwicks. We wore old-timey outfits and had to bang a drum play a kazoo and sing 'Happy Birthday' to people while giving them free birthday sundaes. Lots of ice cream scooping and $1 tips."

"I trained to be a priest - started to. I went to seminary school when I was 11. I wanted to be a priest but when they told me I could never have sex not even on my birthday I changed my mind."

"I play PC and Xbox games at home and I just got a PSP as a birthday present."

"We'll take the cake with the red cherry on top."

"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."

"I grew up doing all that stuff because I was obsessed with the '50s. I had sock hops for birthday parties. So I've always done The Twist and stuff. It was pretty natural and with my parents doing it all the time I'd just copy them. Not very pretty."

"The reason I met my husband was because I remembered a friend's birthday. The moral of the story is: Remember people's birthdays."

"We didn't have a whole lot of money when I was growing up either. I would always ask for magic books or magic tricks for my birthday or for Christmas and the rest of the year I either had to mow lawns or find part time jobs to help supplement the cost of doing magic."

"My biggest hero Gregory Peck was my birthday present on April 14 1973. I just sat and stared at him."

"I've never looked forward to a birthday like I'm looking forward to my new daughter's birthday because two days after that is when I can apply for reinstatement."

"Being seventy is not a sin."

"The main prank that we play with props is for people's birthdays. The special effects people will put a little explosive in the cake so it blows up in their face - that's always fun to play on a guest star or one of the trainees or someone who's new."

"The return of my birthday if I remember it fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape."

"I used to be good with kids but as I get older I'm grumpy and terrible with them. As for doing a gig at a 6-year old's birthday party you couldn't pay me enough."

"I was quite a shy child. I would get terribly nervous and throw up before my birthday party. And then I would be fine. I feel the same now. I get nervous then it's fine."

"A gift with a kind countenance is a double present."

"For my birthday this year my girlfriends - who knew I'd just inherited my dad's turntable - gave me a carton of albums like 'Blue Kentucky Girl' by Emmylou Harris and 'Off the Wall' by Michael Jackson. It's all stuff we grew up with. I mean you can't have a music collection without Prince's 'Purple Rain' - it just can't be done!"

"You always get a special kick on opening day no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen."

"Well I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints."

"I'm amazed. When I was 40 I thought I'd never make 50. And at 50 I thought the frosting on the cake would be 60. At 60 I was still going strong and enjoying everything."

"Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words."

"When I was a kid for my birthday every year my mother made me pasta bechamel which is rigatoni with a white cream sauce."

"My second play The Birthday Party I wrote in 1958 - or 1957. It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day who called it an absolute load of rubbish."

"The first guitar I ever got was for my 13th birthday."

"I think at a child's birth if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift that gift should be curiosity."

"I just had my 30th birthday and we went turkey shooting. It's what I wanted to do so we went."

"I sing a little bit. I got a guitar for my 16th birthday."

"If we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the holiday and not to the Democratic Congress of the Carter years which rejected it."

"I have had fans make me the big picture collages of the photo books I have had fans send me birthday cakes... sing to me on my voicemail. I have had fans flash me. I have had older fans give me their bras and underwear onstage."

Puff Daddy

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"One I built when I was a kid and it was a real miniature of Disneyland. I fell in love with the park when I went there with my parents on my 12th birthday."

"It is lovely when I forget all birthdays including my own to find that somebody remembers me."

"Citizens thank you for all your birthday wishes. I am 88 years old today and still lucky to live in the greatest city in the world."

Ed Koch

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"Even when I was a kid I had a good thing with kids. To this day if I go to a birthday party with one of my kids I swear to you I am so much happier hanging out with my kids and their friends than talking to the grown-ups."

"I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing 'Happy Birthday.'"

"When someone asks if you'd like cake or pie why not say you want cake and pie?"

"I had arranged a birthday party for him and my children who are all Aquarians. Instead we got married. I ran out of excuses. It was just us and my children."

"I want to say that probably 24 hours after I told CBS that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday I was already regretting it. And I regretted it every day since."

"I left school on my 15th birthday."

"I'm trying to get the record that I made at my birthday party last year trying to get that out and the lawyers are diddling around with it and it probably won't be out until next year. I don't know."

"Just hit my 75th birthday I'm feeling great!"

"I suddenly realized how much I loved her when we attended Alfred Hitchcock's 75th birthday party last August. There was something magical about that night and it made me see how much she really meant to me."

"Let them eat cake."

"Most of us can remember a time when a birthday - especially if it was one's own - brightened the world as if a second sun has risen."

"When I was little I thought isn't it nice that everybody celebrates on my birthday? Because it's July 4th."

"John Candy knew he was going to die. He told me on his 40th birthday. He said well Maureen I'm on borrowed time."

"I lost twins at 14 weeks and I had to have an D and C on my birthday."

"I binge when I'm happy. When everything is going really well every day is like I'm at a birthday party."

"My son had his eighth birthday recently and we had a chance to borrow the film and show it to all of his friends that was at his birthday party and they loved it. I was a little nervous. I said they might not even like it and say his daddy's movie is wack but they loved it."

"My first recognition of age setting in was exactly on my 36th birthday. I have no idea why on this day of all days I looked in the mirror and realized my face no longer looked young."

"Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time."

"I married two weeks after my 18th birthday far too young and by the time I was 23 I was a single mother of three small children Sean Daniel and Victoria living in a prefab house."

"I love photography. My boyfriend's got a great camera which I bought for his birthday."

"I started running around my 30th birthday. I wanted to lose weight I didn't anticipate the serenity. Being in motion suddenly my body was busy and so my head could work out some issues I had swept under a carpet of wine and cheese. Good therapy that's a good run."

"I tend to foster drama via bleakness. If I want the reader to feel sympathy for a character I cleave the character in half on his birthday. And then it starts raining. And he's made of sugar."

"With my daughter we do arts and crafts we read a lot we listen to music and we cut the strings off balloons and bounce them around after birthday parties."

"Every day every birthday candle I blow out every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well every time my daughter says 'Let's make a wish on a star' there's one thing I wish for: wisdom."

"There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents and only one for birthday presents you know."

"I love having my birthday at Australia Zoo."

"With a recent birthday I've been acting now for twenty years."

"I'm over the moon to be involved in the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special. I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever."

"I am a big popcorn fanatic. I love popcorn. In fact one year for my birthday my husband bought me one of those big popcorn machines like they have in movie theaters."

"I'm most comfortable in my birthday suit."

"Lucy took care of me on the set and made sure that none of the crew cussed around me. She also had birthday parties for me and made sure that they were well attended."

"All my favorite stars my family and my friends are here. I'm having the happiest birthday that an 18-year-old girl could ever have."

"There is still no cure for the common birthday."

"The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty democracy and justice. It is fitting that the House act to protect it as we approach our nation's birthday and as our men and women in uniform rally behind it in Iraq's battlefields."

"And for the city's birthday we will host events in every neighborhood of the city inviting all of our residents to share in the celebration of Boston's great epic - the story of neighbors who support one another where it matters most."

"For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put them in the same room and let them fight it out."

"As far as those kinds of things I also played at the concert to call for the release of Nelson Mandela when he was a political prisoner in South Africa. We were celebrating his 70th birthday and calling for his release."

"On my birthday I was in Milan for the collections."

"This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday... I wanted to be 65 again but they wouldn't let me"

"When I turned 60 it didn't bother me at all."

"The summer of 2002 at the Wilson birthday party I met Van Dyke again and I made plans to have dinner with him."

"Brilliantly lit from stem to stern she looked like a sagging birthday cake."

"I had a birthday one night on a farm we were shooting on. I walked into the tent and there were 150 people waiting for me all wearing masks of my face."

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

"I can put my legs behind my head and sing 'Happy Birthday.' Because that's something that me and my friends used to do when we were in gymnastics class as kids and I can still do it. I was doing it since I was 8 and 9. They used to call me Gumby. Very bendy."

"I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career. I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party what my son was writing. I was thinking about Legos."

"Some people won't go the extra mile and then on their birthday when no one makes a fuss they feel neglected and bitter."

"I do like to shock and surprise people. When it's all in good fun of course."

"Would ye both eat your cake and have your cake?"

"Anybody can have a birthday. It requires nothing. Murderers have birthdays. It's the opposite of anything that I believe in. And I don't like at work where you stop everything to sing 'Happy Birthday' to someone. I feel like that's for children."

"The day before my 16th birthday I got my guitar."

"Mattresses! Beautiful! Let's go buy a couple of mattresses. Give 'em to people for their birthday."

"I told my father I wanted to play the banjo and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday and between that time and my birthday I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar."

"I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year but I used the wrong paper. See the paper I used said 'Happy Birthday' on it. I didn't want to waste it so I just wrote 'Jesus' on it."

"I like to go to anybody else's birthday and if I'm invited I'm a good guest. But I never celebrate my birthdays. I really don't care."

"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance."

"I want a chainsaw very badly because I think cutting down a tree would be unbelievably satisfying. I have asked for a chainsaw for my birthday but I think I'll probably be given jewelry instead."

"God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."

"I was fired at the pinnacle of my career on my 39th birthday. And in the year that followed I learned that there are many psychological phases of being 'let go.'"

"Only then approaching my fortieth birthday I made philosophy my life's work."

"I used to go down every year for the remembrance of Elvis' birthday. Memphis State College invited me to sit in the auditorium and speak to the people for one of those Elvis days."