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8 Quotes from Books to Write in Your Friend's Birthday Card

Kanzi Kamel By Kanzi Kamel Published on July 12, 2017
This article was updated on August 2, 2017

For the friend who starts every day with facial exercises:

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” 
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

For the friend who's just gone vegan and gluten-free:

“Happy birthday... Eat the stupid cupcake.”
― Rachel Caine, Let Them Eat Cake 

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For the friend who doesn't really have that many great qualities:

“Today you are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than YOU.” 
– Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday To You 

For the friend who can't take the hint to get a job:

“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words


For the friend who calls you out on your binge-drinking:

“Birthdays were made for going wild over the people we think are amazing.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

For the friend who keeps doubting your friendship:

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” 
– A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

For the friend who's torn up over turning 30: 

“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” 
– J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And finally, for the friend who's too old to still be quoting The Lord of the Rings

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” 
– J.R.R. Tolkein, The Fellowship of the Ring

If you've ever blown away a friend with a book quote, share in the comments below. 


Egyptian-American food enthusiast born in Chicago, raised in Beirut, and living in Dublin. Multitasker at Bookwitty. Intimately familiar with the term "identity crisis".


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