Things to Say on Birthday Cards

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Knowing what things to say on birthday cards is all about knowing your audience. To craft a successful message, it is important to consider your recipient's personality, the nature of your relationship and the occasion. Once you mull over these factors, you will find it easier to decide whether the personalized message should be funny, romantic, sincere or lighthearted.


Funny Sayings for Birthday Cards

If you decide that your card recipient would most appreciate a humorous message, remember that regardless of the degree of humor, it is always best to remain kind and direct any ridicule inward rather than outward. After all, it is difficult to know how someone will read a certain message. A few ideas for funny messages are:

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"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative." Maurice Chevalier


"Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age." C.E.M.Joad

"Age is a high price to pay for maturity." Tom Stoppard

Sincere Birthday Messages

If you decide that your card recipient would enjoy a more sincere, heartfelt message, you may want to use or modify a few of the statements below for a kind card message:


"Happy Birthday, to a person I've always counted on and always will." "It is a joy today to celebrate a life that has made mine so much richer." "May you grow wiser, happier, and more content with each beautiful new year."

Romantic Birthday Messages

If your card recipient is a significant other or romantic interest, you may want to spice things up with your birthday message. Follow or tweak the leads below for your own card message:


"There will never be another person as special as you. Enjoy your birthday!" "As you grow older, my love for you grows each year. Happy Birthday." "I hope your birthday is as lovely and radiant as you."

"Love me and the world is mine." David Reed


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