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- 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 Quotations
- 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.
- Jean Ingelow, A Birthday Walk.
- 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.
- Thomas Moore, My Birthday.
- Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear;
'Tis but the funeral of the former year.
- Alexander Pope, To Mrs. M. B, line 9.